New articles/stories on happiness at work

New articles/stories on happiness at work

A recently published Conference Board study found that only 45% of Americans are satisfied with their jobs. While the causes of dissatisfaction may be many, it doesn’t seem to be rooted in the person we sit across from in cubicleland. In fact, a new Randstad Work Watch survey reveals that American workers seem to be happier at their jobs because of the friendships they cultivate with co-workers–67% reported having friends at work makes their job more fun and enjoyable and 55% feel that these relationships make their job more worthwhile and satisfying.

But not all workplace friendships seem to be created equal. As the survey also found, people characterize their professional relationships in a variety of ways, from personal friends with whom they interact inside and outside of work (38%) to friendships limited to the workplace and workplace functions (32%) to even friendships cultivated out of sheer necessity or convenience for work purposes or alliances (17%).

Read more about building a positive work culture, from Forbes – here talks about finding happiness at work. According to the article, research from iOpener shows that people pleased to be at work get promoted faster, generate better ideas, feel healthier and earn and learn more than their gloomy counterparts. Employers also benefit from greater productivity, better service to clients and lower rates of absence and turnover.

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And just to show you how seriously happiness studies are not considered, top business schools around the world are bringing in experts in happiness and positive psychology to their MBA and executive courses.

For example…One of the world_ã_s most highly-respected researchers into happiness is to join Warwick Business School to set up a group of behavioural science there. Economist Andrew Oswal has been appointed as pro-dean for research at WBS as well as professor of this increasingly fashionable area of study.

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