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More Ways to Happiness in the Workplace

Most law firms don't have a chief happiness officer, but as Arnie Herz points out in this recent post, you can still benefit from a CHO's advice at the Chief Happiness Officer blog. Herz points us to CHO Alexander Kjerulf's recent post on why, more than any other incentive, happiness is the "ultimate productivity booster." Here are the reasons:

Happy people are a lot more fun to be around and consequently have better relations at work. This translates into: • Better teamwork with your colleagues • Better employee relations if you’re a manager • More satisfied customers if you’re in a service job • Improved sales if you’re a sales person

Herz also points out that there's scientific backing for these conclusions. Referencing blogger Kathy Sierra, he writes:

due to the phenomenon of emotional contagion, “negative emotions exert a more powerful effect in social situations than positive ones.” That’s why a generally happy and upbeat person will likely become depressed or angry when hanging out with someone who’s depressed or angry. According to a source Sierra quotes, the converse is also true: If we’re around someone who’s self-confident and buoyant long enough, we’re likely to feel good about ourselves.

So, in the words of the Partridge Family, C'mon, get happy!

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on April 2, 2007 at 05:24 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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