Many companies are looking for ways to create a happy workplace and reap the benefits of the productivity gains that come with it. Unfortunately, “happy” is a subjective and difficult to define term, especially when it comes to the workplace. While it’s certainly true that many employees describe themselves as “happy” and apply the same label to their organization, the precise meaning of this term can vary from person to person.
“It’s your last couple days, Dan.”
“Yeah, it feels surreal, Bob. My first job . . . coming to an end. But, it’s for the best. Moving on to another opportunity that is better for my career.”
“Well, good luck with that Dan. Stay in touch and let me know if I can be of any assistance.”
Common dialogue that occurs every day in the workplace. The very dialogue that happened to me several decades before. Bob, the senior sales person in the firm I joined right out of college, was the star performer. He had been with the firm 6 years longer than me. Bob had done so well that the firm had recently made him a partner.