Six Areas of Worker Happiness

Posted by Ed - 22/12/12 at 01:12 pm

People that know me and those that have attended my workshops know that I use my life stories as examples on how I found happiness in work. From the stories I point out how the lessons learned can apply to them. Usually we brainstorm a related question as applied to their own life as a way of assessing who they are and identify experiences that can help them discover their passions leading to a unique vision, goal, or purpose for their life.

There is nothing new under the sun. So I find it hard to get into books of other motivators. Many have arrived at the same conclusions through their own life experiences. In a way that’s good because it adds validity to the principles. In another way it gets to be same-o same-o.

As I look for confirmation that the happiness I experienced in pursuing my dreams can work for others, I will present them here as in this case. After three sets of ten year work experiences, my current dream or mission is:”to help people see a vision their next level of success”. I do that through dialog and formal or informal brainstorming.

However, while looking for more information to support this mission, I stumbled upon these ‘six areas for a worker’s happiness’* and they reflect what I have found to be true. Please use them as a guide or target for finding your own happiness at your work, career, or avocation:
1. a manageable workload: When you’re super creative or have a micromanaging boss it is hard to stay focused on one thing. However my best work gets accomplished when I focus on one thing. Best example was my work at Cookery at the Cove, the featured cooking school in Bon Appetit April 1979. The vision was to provide the best weekend cooking school experience in the world and the sub mission “They come as strangers and leave as friends.” The work was manageable and save for an hour and sleep we worked until the quests left on Sunday afternoon.
2. a sense of control: Because Jack at the cooking school let me rent his ocean view house and to do a cooking weekend on my own, I knew, that when we worked together a month later, exactly what had to be done during the weekend to accomplish the goal. Control was just doing what had to be done to accomplish the same result.
3.the opportunity for rewards: Pay at the Cove was based on the attendees. In the early days it was a small amount and later it was more. The satisfaction of quests happy and hugging after the Sunday Brunch provided more happiness than any money could ever provide.
4. a feeling of community: At the cove the potential staff found us and even worked for free the first time and then proposed how their contribution could contribute to the goal (the best cooking school in the world).
5. faith in the fairness of the workplace: our pay varied depending on the number of attendees. In the early days with only a few attendees, I know that Jack the founder took no pay for himself. He was definitely fair.
6. shared values: People joined the Cove team to be part of the vision and because of that every other month a cove weekend would be locked into our schedules.

*These came from a book highlighted in my Public Library: What to do with the rest of your life by Robin Ryan. She cited these six areas from the work of Christina Maslasch a pioneer researcher and author of The Truth about Burnout.

Please comment on this post; what do you think about these six areas?

4 Responses to “Six Areas of Worker Happiness”

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  2. Ed says:
    December 26th, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Thanks bingo for your thoughts. I had a young man help me with the technical side. Today I will eventually switch to a mobile responsive theme. But I am kind of slow on the technical implementation side. EB

  3. Arnel says:
    December 25th, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Hi, I really like your pgorram. A couple of suggestions. 1. I’d like to turn off, or be able to tun off the full zoom out feature. I often forget, and am thinking about shifting or slightly resizing an attractive image, and next thing I know I am zoomed all the way out with no way to get back!2. Default colours are great, but some opportunity to adjust or cycle would be wonderful. Thanks.

  4. Ed says:
    December 25th, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Hi Other than content which I am responsible for and personally write, I don’t think I can advise you on the question you posed about zooming. I can answer and comment on content. I appreciate the time you took to apply. Ed

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