The Pursuit of (Work) Happiness

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Michelle Dempsey, Writer

Hard to believe we’ve now entered the second quarter of 2016. It’s gone by quick, right? How many of us can comfortably and confidently apply the old “time flies when you’re having fun” concept to the fact that New Years Eve felt like it was five minutes ago and tax day has now come and gone?

Not many of us, that is for sure.

If you’re anything like me, you spend a pretty significant amount of time working, and when you’re not doing that, you’re likely thinking about your job, how you can be better at it, and all of the money you need to make at said job to cover your cost of living. If you’re not like me, then, well, I salute you on having figured it all out. For the rest of us though, it’s important to be mindful of the fact that contentment in our professional lives is directly related to stress levels, and high stress levels are almost always associated with an unhappy and unhealthy life.

Only recently, have I myself discovered that my work happiness involves a generous balance of creative freedom and structure. The likelihood of finding said job, however? This is where the problem, for most of us hard-working Americans, lies.

“We spend more time working than doing anything else in life. It’s not right that the experience of work should be so demotivating and dehumanizing.” – Lazlo Bock

Leaders, take note: the above statement could not be more true, and the world agrees. Taken directly from Bock’s New York Times bestselling Work Rules! (Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead)the notion that work should be a place of engagement and professional fulfillment has become a groundbreaking inquiry into the philosophy of work. Lazlo Bock, head of Google’s innovative People Operations has developed a blueprint for attracting the most spectacular talent to your business and ensuring that they succeed.

The takeaway here is simple: Want to run a successful business?

Treat the people who keep you in business, like gold.

Resonating with employees and employers alike, this inside-look on what it takes to achieve work-harmony on all levels also includes teaching examples from a range of industries-including well-known companies that happen to be hideous places to work and little-known companies that achieve spectacular results by valuing and listening to their employees. Bock gives readers a behind-the-scenes look inside one of history’s most wildly successful businesses to reveal why Google is consistently rated one of the best places to work in the world, and how the rest of the working world, whether a team of one or many thousands, can easily put the same principles into action.

Check it out, or just check in with me for insight!

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