When it comes to happiness in the workplace, the company we keep can make as much of an impact as the job itself. Alexandra Blakemore came to this conclusion as the co-creator of The Happiness at Work Program, which aims to reclaim the joy of genuine connections on the job and encourage happier, more productive staff.
In an article for the Huffington Post, Julia Naughton breaks down the project, writing, “The concept is simple. For six weeks employers implement a daily exercise, whereby staff are tasked with answering a question around gratitude and wellbeing which they write down, the goal being to mindfully set a positive outlook with which to start their day.”
“It’s about training people to take a few minutes to seek out the positive moments in their day. Your staff members are your biggest assets and they benefit as individuals by taking control of their own wellbeing,” Blakemore told The Huffington Post Australia.
Naughton writes, “Team bonding activities like “trust fall” and “toss me some feedback” were a no-go zone for Blakemore, who knew that the success of her formula depended on taking it back to basics. Instead, employees are given a personal copy of the program to hand write their answers in each morning.”
“Handwriting responses rather than typing them has been proven to solidify learning, and adds a personal touch to the exercise,” Blakemore said.
“Unlike regular staff training, Blakemore said her program is about staff personally, not their work skills.”
“One of the biggest challenges to creating a positive work environment is technology. While we are connected, we are not, and this can result in people behaving in an insular and selfish manner,” Blakemore said.
“The program is not industry specific and Blakemore said the ultimate goal is for the daily exercise to become a daily ritual, where employees form a habit of bringing mindfulness into their everyday work life.”
“When individuals experience appropriate positivity, they perform better, and when individuals perform better, employers and organisations achieve more,” Blakemore said.