Work and happiness:
an inseparable duo

Sitting at my desk, performing my daily tasks and talking to my colleagues about the commute stress, I noticed that no matter how much I complained about it, it always only lasted few minutes before realizing how happy I was at this particular spot in the cafeteria of PIIMT.
Then I thought 75,000 hours! This is roughly the number of hours a person will spend at work in a lifetime. If it’s happiness at work, that’s fantastic! But if it’s not, it’s definitely hell.

Why are work and happiness so inseparable?

But why are work and happiness so inseparable? It’s simple. Because work is much more than a salary that one earns, it is a place where one lives. From this statement, everything flows, because our workplace is also and above all a living environment; a micro society with human imperatives with which everyone must deal. The “relational” aspect is too often ignored or trivialized in organizations. However, this aspect is the basis of everything. As soon as humans get together in one place and for a certain period of time, there are bound to be relationships. And at work, everyone benefits from these relationships being harmonious, especially as they are forced. In our personal life, we have the opportunity to choose friends, relationships. At work, that’s a whole different story. The efforts to develop a favorable working environment therefore require greater openness, both from employees and from the employer.

Workers Want to be Recognized

Work contributes to people’s happiness for several basic reasons. It is because people want to realize themselves and fulfill themselves, depending on their age, their skills, their knowledge, their experiences as well as their ambitions. Workers also want to feel useful, to participate, to feel that their work serves a larger vision, that it is part of a larger process and that they contribute to it. Workers want to be recognized: what more natural and fundamental than that! Humans often ask for little, but there is one element that remains fundamental: that of being considered. If one doesn’t get this minimal consideration, why would he/she stay with a company that refuses it? Why would he/she offer his commitment and loyalty?

Developing Strong Relationships

The sense of work also comes from the ability of workers to socialize, meet new people, and develop enriching relationships. Let’s not forget, work represents a living environment and the same principles that apply in a social group also apply in a group or a workplace. And that’s exactly what I was talking about a few lines back. I, as well as my teammates, developed strong relationships and rituals. For example, I know who in PIIMT team is a tea person and who’s a coffee person, which might seem unimportant but it is to each one of us as well as other small details.

Happiness at work is all that and much more.

So, can we talk about happiness without talking about work? And can we talk about happiness at work without emphasizing the relational aspect of the thing? Without referring to the concept of attitude which is the basis of all human relationships. And can we speak of attitude without referring to the principle of openness?
Happiness at work is all that and much more.

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