What is Happiness?
It’s a simple question really. What is happiness? According to dictionary.com happy (adjective) 1. is feeling or showing pleasure or contentment 2. fortunate and convenient.
Each person has a very different answer to this question and we all come from different backgrounds, cultures and upbringings so happiness can be gained different ways by different people in the office. Business Collective has a great article on ways to increase your happiness at work here.
According to PEW Research Center millennials make up the largest generation in the workforce. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/05/11/millennials-surpass-gen-xers-as-the-largest-generation-in-u-s-labor-force/
More millennials are being hired at companies and they want different things than your GenXers and Baby Boomers want. How do you keep them all happy? If you are an employer there are several different ways you can incorporate happiness within the workplace.
Try many different things and see what works and what doesn’t. Remember no matter what you do there are always skeptics out there too. Sometimes there’s someone who doesn’t want to do anything you mention, no matter what it is, and maybe with increasing workplace happiness they will improve their mindset or you may see that they do not align with your company culture after all. There are some tips we developed that will help when you are trying to incorporate happiness in the workplace.
When choosing an activity ask…
- Did they learn something?
- Did some or all of your team try something for the first time?
– When you try new things you overcome barriers in your head. For instance, “I’ve never done this before, can I do this?” “I don’t know how to do this, how will I figure this out?” When they attempt and complete these kinds of challenges they gain confidence, problem solving skills, and positive mental health.
- Did they get to know their team better?
- Do you notice a positive effect after they return to the office?
- Last but most importantly, did they have fun? That is a key ingredient to happiness.
If you’re struggling to figure out what your team wants you should ask them! What do they do for fun? What makes them happy? If you have hundreds of employees get with your managers of departments and have them to ask their team what they like to do for fun and what makes them happy. It’s not all about buying them tickets to a local basketball game, or having t-shirt or beer Fridays. You need to get much more creative if you want to recruit talented individuals, retain your current employees, keep them happy and in turn grow your business.
Good luck with your workplace happiness! Let us know what kinds of things you have done at your office to keep your employees happy, we’d love to hear from you!
Hugging trees makes us feel happy!
Have an adventurous day!
DNK Presents…your next great adventure
This weekend we got the opportunity to be part of the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the Brown County Epic. The epic is not a race, rather a group ride with over three hundred of your closest friends. The weekend includes camping, live music, giveaways and local craft beer on tap!
This event is especially memorable for Kate and I because 3 years ago at this event was my first real attempt at mountain biking! I had only ridden once before at Ft Ben on a beginner trail during the Hoosier Outdoor Experience. The first day of the event (back then) was demo day, so you get to ride bikes from Trek, Giant, Surly, Specialized and Rocky Mountain. Some of these bikes could have cost more than my car. I think I rode a full suspension Trek and what I really fell in love with, was the Giant Anthem. I loved mountain biking, after road biking for so long I felt like, “I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on this the whole time!”
The next day I was riding Kate’s old bike – a hard tail Cannondale. Which at the time meant nothing to me, and if you don’t know it basically means you feel everything – in the worst way! After our first route I was like seriously why does anyone even make bikes like this?! It was a little painful, especially after riding luxury bikes the day before, but I rode through the day and absolutely loved it. I made it to the top of hesitation point. It was rainy that day and some of our friends chose not to ride, back then I felt like I didn’t know any better. I played outdoor sports growing up so I thought, “what’s a little rain going to do?” Turns out rocks and roots can be kind of slippery on your bike tires in the rain, but that didn’t stop us from riding all day! It was awesome.
This year unfortunately we did not ride, but we did get to support our friends with HMBA who are responsible for all the wonderful trails. We also got to run at Yellowwood State Forest. Kate broke her rib 4 weeks to the day on Sunday, her doctor cleared her to run at 4 weeks and cleared her to ride at 6 weeks. Through that time Kate had a few minor breakdowns but what I admired and love so much was that instead of focusing on what she couldn’t do like running, biking, boxing, and many of the things she loves to do. She focused on things she COULD do! Like John Wooden once said, “Don’t let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do.” There was a lot of walking, yoga, but she also got to go on our last canoeing trip of the year. It was a time that we were able to think about those who live with disease or impairments throughout their entire lives. It was Kate’s first broken bone, but it was a lifelong lesson for us both.
In life we sometimes take for granted what we have and often times are always wishing and complaining about what everyone else has or gets. From this weekend and through these past few weeks it has opened our eyes to be thankful for our health, happiness, family and friends.
By: Danielle Wolter Nolan