Thursday, April 29, 2010

Happy Work?

"Gallup has found that disengaged employees cost the U.S. economy somewhere in the neighborhood of $416 billion last year, primarily through lost wages"

Rob Silverblatt, "In Search of Workplace Happiness," U.S. News and World Report, May 2010.

Is that a lot? And compared to what? I found it odd that this article about work satisfaction made no mention of wages, benefits, flex time, work/family balance, control, representation, good management, etc. How old fashioned, I'm sure.

"[E]xperts suggest that dissatisfied workers should make a number of minor changes...
Tip. Finding quiet time, or even taking occasional breaks, can help workers reduce their stress levels and stay happy at work..."

Aren't breaks required every once in a while -- or have breaks been deregulated?

Other examples "include...creating a list of good things that have happened, and thinking about work as a 'calling' rather than merely a 'job.'

"The premise behind these tips is that the human brain can be trained to feel happy."

Sounds like a personal Hawthorne experiment.

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