An easy definition of culture is, “how we do things around here.” Depending on how things are done in your organization of 1 or thousands will either result in a strong or weak culture. Strong cultures have happy people. Happiness is not the only element to a strong culture, but people do not perform well when they are miserable, sad, angry, annoyed, scared … you get it.
At the end of the day, you are in charge of your own happiness. Nevertheless, leaders can support the growth of happiness within their organization. Tich Nat Hahn says that you have to feed your happiness everyday or it will die. Just like some people had classroom pets growing up, happiness is the office pet that must be fed and nurtured everyday.
There are more ways than I can think of to nurture happiness the organization pet.
-Smile more, laugh more, tell jokes
-Make food available, eat together, happy hour, detox together, drink water
-Celebrate wins, birthdays, weddings and babies
-Encourage your people to socialize, connect,build relationships and friendships with each other
-Adopt authenticity and sincerity as core values. Don’t talk about it, be about it
-Wellness programs: Therapists, Gyms, Dietitians, Spiritual Advisers
-Learning together, alone, with a coach, classes, trainings, seminars, books
-Retreats: Day long and some overnights
- Meet your goals and give credit where it is due
-Find ways to make various roles easier or more efficient
-Allow for play
-Pay attention to your communication systems - is everyone being heard?
-Hire the right people and end the contracts of others
Life isn’t all guns or all roses…but no matter what comes your way in business make sure your organization, your people are strong due to daily happiness servings.