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Build a Happy Team

On a scale of 1-10, how happy are you in your job?Build A Happy Team -Happy Sad photo from pdpics.com

How happy are those who report to you?

According to recent polls, more than half of all employees are unhappy in their jobs. Yet more and more research is showing that happy employees are productive employees. Unhappy and disengaged employees are costing our economy between $450 billion-$550 billion  according to Gallup. How much is it costing your company, or you personally?

More than you think.

This month (April 2016), ASQ’s Quality Progress magazine is dedicated to the high cost of an unhappy workforce. The edition has articles that look at disengagement from nation-wide, company-wide and individual basis.

MEIRxRS staff Rosemarie Christopher and Paul Dionne appear on page 56, How to Be Happier at Work. We put forth the three tenants from the book Drive, The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, with tips on how you can find more personal satisfaction in your current job by focusing on developing Mastery, achieving Autonomy and figuring out your Contribution.

Our suggestion for developing your individual Mastery is to use industry certifications. Timely too, as last week the Bureau of Labor Statistics published its first Data on Certificates and Licenses. They note that those who hold a license or certification earn one-third more than those who do not. And holders are less likely to be unemployed. These are two reasons we prefer industry certifications for the temporary-staff, consultants and auditors that we provide our clients.

Quality Professional, April 2016

You can read How To Be Happier at Work online or in your April 2016 edition of Quality Professional. Non-members can create a free profile for access to the article.

How do I Build a Happy Team

Whether or not you have direct reports, download our first white paper, Build a Happy Team (by refreshing this page) with worksheets you can use to implement these three concepts in your current job. We’ve worked to make some very hard concepts simpler and more attainable.

Last but not least, a 2013 Gallup study revealed that worldwide, only 13% of employees are engaged at work. Don’t be shy about liking and sharing; it’s likely that that 7 out of 8 people who read this article are not engaged at work, or at least not as engaged as they think they are.

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