Happiness is important to everyone. A well-balanced work-life relation is the definition of a full life and a person’s career is half of the equation.
That is where good managers and great companies stand out: when they can and will secure their employees the right environment that matches those happiness rates. This is more often than not an investment of time and resources. It is, in the long run too, an essential for any company and manager that want productive, loyal employees.
Sounds great in theory – who wouldn’t want happier, more productive employees that stay in the company for decades? It’s never so simple in real life, however. Which is why we selected these 6 expert opinions on TED Talks.
Speaker Shawn Anchor has spent his career researching and sharing his findings regarding the benefits of “positive psychology.” Instead of researching depressed people to find their own personal cure for “happiness,” Shawn focuses on studying happy people on why they are happy. We hope you get as many takeaways on how to interact with your team as Shawn’s work has done for us here at Tradler.
PS – We think you are going to love the story of the unicorn in the intro.
“ 75% of job successes are predicted by your optimism levels, your social support and your ability to see stress as a challenge instead of as a threat.”
“If happiness is on the opposite side of success, your brain never gets there.
Warning – this may change the way you think about the person sitting next to you on a plane.
Over the last decade, after a chance encounter with a young girl sitting next to him on a plane, and Richard St. John being unable to answer her question, “What leads to success,” Richard has studied what leads to success.
You may be interested to learn that money falls nowhere on the list.
-“If you do it for love, the money comes anyway.”
-“Millionaires serve others something of value.”
In this talk Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University and author of numerous bestsellers, Dan Ariely presents a powerful argument that power flows where power is given.
“There is an old story of cake mixers. In the 60’s a group of scientists invented the ready-to-go mixing powder for cakes. But no one was buying them. People felt they weren’t their own creations, so the scientists created a solution for that: they took the eggs and milk out of the equation. The new mix required people to break the eggs and then measure the amount of milk. By doing that, the customers already felt that the cake was their own creation and the sales of the product went up the roof.”
“By getting people to work harder, you are actually making them love what they do to a higher degree.”
“What makes us feel good about our work is not money. It is the idea that we do something meaningful – to us and to the ones surrounding us.”
In this talk, speaker Matt Cutts, provides some advice and insight regarding ways to incorporate new habits into your life and the benefits that come along with it. At Tradler we are big believers that employee engagement is a two way street and the responsibility to keep motivated, curios and growing lies on the shoulders of the individual as much as the team.
“If you really want something bad enough, you will get it.” It only takes you 30 days to pick up a new habit. And it translates into both your personal and your professional life. Happiness is measurable: by the chances you use and don’t let them go to waste.
Personal recognition is the 4th layer of Maslow’s pyramid of basic needs. It’s also the reason why companies and enterprises either find success or fail. In this talk, Arnold Blits, talks about why recognition is important.
“We want recognition from people we have relationships with.” So the key to a successful management is: building relationships inside your team and providing personal recognition to every single team member.”
No list referring to engagement can be complete without mentioning Simon Sinek. In the talk below, that broke the internet, Simon talks about the importance of creating a company culture that binds (see 6 tips here) and how it can positively impact your company culture, as well as your bottom line.
“In the military they give medals to people who are willing to sacrifice themselves so that others may gain. In business, we give bonuses to people who are willing to sacrifice others so that we may gain.”
What do a candle, a box and a match have in common with people motivation? Although that sounds like the beginning of a great joke, in fact that was an experiment an alteration of which has an enormous significance for the business. In this talk Daniel Pink goes on to explain how the simple reward-and-punishment method does not work for 21st century tasks.
“We find that financial incentives…can result in a negative impact on overall performance.”
What does work, however, is intrinsic motivation. Translated to English this means purpose and the sense of belonging to a company culture. Also known as employee engagement.
If you are still facing the same problems after reading those, you have one other option. Book a meeting with us here and find out how we can help you raise your employee engagement rates.
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