Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being which can be defined by, among others, positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. (Wikipedia)

According to The Mail on Sunday, 28 May, Lord Price – former Waitrose boss – is launching a global survey on workplace happiness in a boost to bid productivity in British firms and to understand rising public discontent with business and capitalism.

There are already 3,500 responses from employees across the country – findings of which will be revealed at the Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye, this week.

Happiness at work research and surveys have been around for a long time. Harvard Business Review reported in January 2010 that only 45% of workers were happy at work, which was the lowest in 22 years and that depression was ten times higher than the 1960’s.

Paul Anand on 23 March 2016. Posted in Politics how happiness is challenging GDP and economic output:

‘Denmark reclaimed its place as the happiest country in the world, according to a latest annual World Happiness Report. Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Finland followed in quick succession at the top.’ https://www.statslife.org.uk/politics/2739-how-happiness-is-challenging-gdp-as-the-measure-of-a-country-s-health

The findings of Lord Price’s survey will be interesting, however, the big question will be what happens with the findings? We all know that the world of work is dramatically changing with new ways of working, social collaboration tools, workers increasingly needing to work flexibly and increase knowledge with new trends. Is it always possible to be happy at work and does it really matter if we are not always content and experiencing great joy! Does it need a more scientific approach – similar to Frederick Winslow Taylor’s theories (early 1900’s) on the application of scientific methods to improve productivity?

Taylor quoted:

‘In the past the man has been first, in the future the system must be first’

Will Lord Price’s survey reveal that we can have both? Let’s all head down to Hay …..

What is important is to reflect ourselves on what really makes us happy at work and our workplace motivators to take responsibility for our own happiness and productivity.

‘Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means and so make for themselves different modes of life ….’
Aristotle – Greek Philosopher and a scientist 384BC

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