Yesterday I went to the Meaning Conference, the first of its kind, to discuss using business as a force for good. It was an inspirational day and there were three talks I loved which touched on how to create a happy business. Have you ever had a rough day at work when you’re simply not in the mood and being unproductive? Do you sometimes struggle to find meaning in what you do? Well, you’re not the only one. Whether your a business owner, freelancer or an employee, there are tricks which can help you create happier days at work.
Happiness at work is something you do.
As a doer and a serious entrepeneur, David runs the Do Lectures and created Howies, an organic clothing wear company. He’s just launched Hiut Denim to revive the jeans business in his town in Cardigan, Northern Wales. His key points explained why purpose leads to a happy business:
One of our shareholders is planet Earth. Keep that in mind in business.
One of the co-founders of Do Something Different, Karen, spoke of changing behaviour to grow and develop ourselves and our businesses. We learn, grow and develop by doing new things. Not by thinking or reasoning. By doing something randomly new and having a new experiences. Be more behaviourally flexible to create happier days.
Don’t change thinking to change behaviour. Change behaviour to change thinking.
Arbejdsglaede is a word for “happiness at work” which only exists in Scandinavian languages. It doesn’t mean being satisfied at work. It means being engaged, appreciated, motivated and happy – both when at work and when thinking about work when not at work. It improves your productivity, health and overall happiness. So here’s how you can have it too:
Do great work with awesome people. Make a positive difference helping others and get energised for your life outside work.
So how about it? Have you got it in you to take action now to create a happy business? Remember, small changes lead to big changes.
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