The strong emphasis on the bottom line that characterizes many modern workplace environments often takes a toll on employee productivity and morale. Attempts to address this issue on the part of the employer so often result in failure that most companies just pay lip service to them, if they implement them at all. Aside from being wasteful and a source of general frustration, they often contribute to the very problem they are intended to alleviate.
Rather than create yet another program to promote the productivity and morale of your employees, I have written something that addresses the problem from the employee’s perspective. Be Happy in Your Work helps employees recognize some of the common pitfalls to their job satisfaction and contentment and provides them with the tools, skills and rationales for why they should take it upon themselves to create a happier workplace experience, independent of much input from management.
Whether they realize it or not, most people look to their employer to create and provide a positive and happy workplace environment; when these expectations are perceived as being thwarted, all hell breaks loose. Not open rebellion all hell, but the underground variety, the subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) all hell: bad attitudes, undermining behavior, second-rate performance, toxic relationships, get-over mentality and much bending of the rules. Most management attempts to cope with these issues are as unsavory as they are unsuccessful.
Be Happy in Your Work teaches that engaging in these types of behaviors is short-sighted, self-defeating and counter-productive. My arguments focus on the personal gains that accrue from doing your best and the personal and professional rewards to be gained from cultivating a sense of pride and accomplishment. While employees may have lost touch with these values, as decent people they will not have totally forgotten them; in fact, they yearn for them.
Be Happy in Your Work training seminars are led by the author, Kingston, NY-based psychotherapist William R. Colagrande. The thirty-two page, self-guided workbook includes an insightful job contentment survey, thinking point segments for further self-reflection and helpful supplemental readings. A fictional narrative runs throughout to illustrate and help personalize the material. These workbooks can be utilized in a number of ways: distributed individually as needed, en masse or as part of a structured in-service education program facilitated by the author, either in-person or via Skype. Complementary copies are available for review upon request.
Your employees’ sense of job satisfaction impacts your bottom line. Provide them with the tools and skills they need to succeed!
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