On Workplace Happiness

The following is a simple framework for what makes people happy at work. It is not the end-all-be-all. However, these simple concepts provide building blocks for managers and reflection points for employees. They answer the age old question of “what’s important.”

Temporarily, people can give up one thing from this list for the greater good. In my experience, frustration will ensue if one of these areas are lacking long term.

1) Challenge People

People generally respond well to new and challenging situations. Given opportunity, people will rise farther than expected in the face of adversity.

2) Provide Learning Opportunities to Team Members

The best teams are cross functional and have a wide knowledge base.

3) Enable Ownership

A small business owner’s problem is exactly the same issue a Fortune 500 CEO battles: How do you get your employees to care as much as you do? How do you make them passionate leaders? It’s simple: Leadership begins with ownership.

Regardless of our position, we all can be a part of ensuring our teammates have access to these three simple things. Be that difference today.