Has your company got the blues?

If morale at your company or organization seems like it is at an all time low, you are not alone.Happiness at Work Image Last week, The Conference Board reported employee morale is at the lowest level since they started tracking it 22 years ago.  Less than half of all workers are satisfied with their jobs.

With that news it can’t be a surprise that so many companies are performing poorly.  The model of the past looks as if organizations go out of their way to make their employees unhappy.    They rule by fear, indifference, and ask you to be grateful for having a job.

Not all companies are bad places to work.  Just this week Fortune published their 100 Best Companies Places To Work. Other companies in corporate America are catching on as well. Sue Shallenbarger points out in her WSJ Article ” Thinking Happy Thoughts At Work” , these companies are bringing in coaches and other experts to teach happiness to the employees. Some of the happiness inducing modalities used are meditation, inner peace, gratitude, and other techniques,which have wide ranging influences from positive psychology to Hinduism.

There have been many research studies over the years which show the positive impacts of happy employees, including less absenteeism, lower turnover, higher productivity, and more creativity.   So get this, happy employees can improve your bottom line.  Try it as an experiment, see what happens.

Here are some tips to get you started:

1. Catch your employees doing things well and right.  Then tell them.  What we dwell on grows.  Focus on what is working well, what people are doing right, and watch things improve.

2. Bring in a coach, or other specialist to empower the people you work with how to be happier. The full impact of a practice such as meditation is not even known, but what we is known is that it reduces stress, clarifies thinking, people have reported being more creative, and feeling more alert.

3. Make a gratitude list every day for what, and who you are grateful for at your organization.  Now go out and tell the people on the list you are grateful for them, their work, and their contribution.  Be specific.  It might be worth sounding a little crazy, to make a real difference.

About allan

Allan Fried is a New York City based Life & Career Coach specializing in working with people who want meaning in their careers. Having been an executive at a major entertainment company, COO at an early state digital media company, and owned his own business, he has powerful insights on what it takes to find and excel at work you love. He has been described by his clients as talented, Zen-like, insightful, and passionate. His client’s success can be attributed to his intuitive talent in guiding clients to uncover and reveal what is truly important to them. Allan has over 20 years experience as an executive and entrepreneur in the entertainment industry. He spent the bulk of his career at BMG as Vice-President International, where he worked on developing the careers of recording artists. In these positions he learned a lot about using one’s unique talents and gifts to pursue success. He has also been heavily involved in his community through involvement with Make-A-Wish Foundation, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Empire State Pride Agenda, Habitat for Humanity, and several other community initiatives

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