Or perhaps your response is, “well you know, can’t complain – I’m lucky to have a job, really.”
Help is at hand from Alexander Kjerulf, entrepreneur, happiness at work expert, and author of a new book, Happy Hour is 9 to 5. (http://pinetribe.com/
Happiness, he argues, shouldn’t be confined to our “free” time. We spend so much of our waking life at work, we and should expect more from the 9 to 5. And managers should make it a priority too: the book is packed with data that shows that happier people are more productive, more innovative, more motivated, deliver better customer service AND handle change better: the kind of ‘virtuous circle’ that bosses should love.
Being Scandinavian, Kjerulf perhaps has a head start: Danes have a word, arbejdsglaede, which sounds indecipherable to the rest of the world, but means - you’ve guessed it - happiness at work.
Happiness at work may sound a pipe dream, but achieving it is actually quite possible. First, we need to understand what it’s not. It’s not about high-fiving and cheerleading (although it could be for some people). It’s not about eliminating all the bad stuff from our job – it’s about being happy at work even though some of those bad things are present.
It starts with understanding what makes us happy in the first place – not perks, not gyms, not even high salary or promotion. Research conducted across 30 countries shows that happiness at work rests on results and relationships. This holds true across nationalities and cultures, public and private sectors, and organizations large and small. Happy Hour is 9 to 5 gives detailed, practical advice on building the skills and energy to improve results and relationships, fixing the problems and taking responsibility our own happiness at work.
This is a Pollyanna book with bite: it’s full of practical tips to tackle everything from nightmare bosses, bullies, miserable co-workers, long-running conflicts, stifling bureaucracy and management who refuse to see anything beyond the bottom line. It’s also full of inspiring real-life stories: of a temp worker cheering up her co-workers with small, random acts of kindness. A group of nurses rebel against the hospital’s sour mood and turn their ward into a happy place. A programmer at a bank learns what it takes to turn his department from boring to fun.
Alexander speaks from his own experience, both as co-founder of the Danish IT Company Enterprise Systems and as an expert on workplace happiness for clients including Hilton, Microsoft, Lego, IKEA, Shell, HP and IBM. His work has been featured in the Sunday Times, New York Times, and BBC Radio 4’s In Business. Find more information, videos and free tests on http://pinetribe.com/
‘“Happy Hour is 9 to 5” is an outstanding book because it reminds us of the importance of our health and wellbeing. It echoes Robert Kennedy’s 1968 speech contrasting GNP v happiness “Yet the Gross National Product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages....It measures neither our wit or our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country. It measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile”. Read this book!’
--Cary L. Cooper, CBE, Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University, UK
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About the Publisher
Happy Hour is 9 to 5 is published by Pine Tribe, which is a new kind of book site and publisher. The company sell books on happiness and wellbeing from Scandinavia striving for a world that is more connected through better sharing of ideas, thoughts and stories. Pine Tribe’s first series of books is “Your Best Self,” a collection of titles on wellbeing and happiness – concepts woven into everyday Nordic culture from Scandinavia. Pine Tribe has offices in London, Copenhagen and New York City.
In every way possible, Pine Tribe rethinks the value chain to minimize the CO2 footprint of their publishing. Further, through its partnership with WeForest, the company plants a tree for every book sold.