What is your favorite day? Friday? Monday? Very few probably thought about Tuesday since it is supposedly the most boring day of the week according to statistics. However, have you ever asked your employees to see what they would answer? If they say Friday, you’re in trouble.
Research shows that you spend 1/3 of your life at work, meaning approximately 90 000 hours throughout your lifetime (Kassandra Vaughn). Even though the numbers are changing, the point will still be the same, you spend a lot of your wake time at work. If you constantly live for Fridays or longing for a vacation, you’re on a negative and destructive spiral. The question is, why are so many people unhappy with the place they spend most of their life?
Happy Friday vs Happy Monday?
All days could and should have a “happy” in front of them. However, you cannot live a life with a runaway mindset. Meaning, escaping reality. Nevertheless, if this is your position, then you need a reflection moment to evaluate if you are doing what makes you happy. Are you doing what you want to be doing? Are you in control of your happiness? As a manager, you cannot make employees love what they do. Instead, try to understand what makes them happy and listen to them. As a company you give employees opportunities to bloom, it’s an agreement between both parties since they have applied and accepted the tasks and the company. However, if that is the case, that people apply for jobs by free will, why are many so unhappy with their situation?
Three factors; either one does not believe he or she has the time, capacity or the ability to actually make a change. Which is upsetting. However, the change in society with an influencer lifestyle portrays an unreal lifestyle. That is just marketing, not real life.
Let them take ownership of their path and happiness!
Every individual is responsible for their happiness. Nevertheless, it is naive to think that all 365 days are going to be happy and filled with joy. That is the current state of your mental and physical state of mind which could easily change. Regarding work, however, you as an HR manager are in charge of deciding on who is the best fit for a specific position both in terms of passion, experience, and potential. That means helping your employees to succeed and to become the best at what they want to do. For example, help them get connected with someone in the company who works with accounting if that’s what the employee would like to improve on. Or coach them in how they could reach their individual goal whether if it’s private or work-related. Always listen and pay attention, and let them take ownership of their happiness in order to make a change. For those who believe they don’t have time or the capacity of doing so, time is all we got. They need to understand the importance of not wasting their time. Rather make it worth.
What will their outcomes at work be if their happiness is the highest on Fridays to Sundays and they despises Mondays through Thursdays? That would conclude in a work week only consisting of a happiness level progressively getting better. This is where everyone has to re-think. Work should be the place where everyone feels that they can make a change. A change for themselves as an individual and a change in someone else’s life through the services or products that you sell.
Why is it important to be happy at work?
Unhappy employees, non-motivated staff and people longing for breaks, they infuse bad energy that will impregnate the entire organization. That’s dangerous. Therefore, all individuals in an organization need to feel proud of what they are doing and dare to talk about their jobs after 2 glasses of wine (that’s when you’re the most honest, Hieronymus Rony Lutz, Universum). This is a shared responsibility between employee and employer. The employee is responsible for choosing a business where he or she feels challenged and excited. The employer is responsible for engaging the employees and to know their needs and their drives.
“Don’t pull the reins on a racehorse, let it run.”
If your best salesman is talking bad about other friends at work, remove that person. If your CEO does not care for the ones at the bottom of the company, remove that person. Companies cannot be afraid of getting rid of the ones in power just because they have the power. They will make your company sick and spread the sickness onto others. Culture is highly important for the employer brand and by now, we all know that the employer brand is key to attract the right workforce.
Make your Mondays rock, make your hustle count and let happiness make you successful.