Recent research shows that most of us spend over half of our waking hours at work, which means job satisfaction has never been so important. Our Director of Live, Simon Hambley, debunks the myths and explores what we need to do to be happy at work.
Most of us work in the events business because deep down we love it and it plays to our strengths of creative thinking, problem solving and the ability to work well with people. The research is clear: working hard and to the best of your ability in a job you love makes you happy."
So is this really true, or is it just corporate rhetoric? It’s certainly an issue that has got researchers thinking.
The BBC reported recently on a study from Gothenburg University, Sweden, of ‘published data on what makes people happy.’ According to the research, the secret lies in ‘hard work towards a target,’ whether it is a personal or financial one.
Lead researcher Dr. Bengt Bruelde, from the university's philosophy department, said: "The important thing is to remain active.
From our research the people who were most active got the most joy. It may sound tempting to relax on a beach, but if you do it for too long it stops being satisfying."
Interestingly, Averil Leimon, of the British Psychological Society, commented on the importance of nurturing individuals’ different talents: "The hard work has to use a person's strengths otherwise it can be demoralising.
In our experience, the desire to work hard is often driven by financial and career motivations, as well as the satisfaction of generating client progression and building future business success.
This emphasis on work-related happiness originates not only from organisations interested in promoting the engagement of their staff with their core values and targets, but also from the sheer amount of time employees invest in the workplace. It is therefore important to find, to the extent you have that luxury, the kind of work that matches your strengths.
My last word though is a little warning: you shouldn't think too much about whether what you are doing is producing happiness. The key quote is from John Stuart Mill: "Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so." In other words, Nike got it right when it chose its motto: 'Just do it!'