How to Be Happy at Work for Life (WE Book Summary)

I just read We: How to Increase Performance and Profits through Full Engagement but, unlike my usual approach, I didn’t take notes. Still, I was inspired to write a summary. Work not only takes time from other areas of our lives; it also induces emotions influencing all areas: relationships, health, and happiness. The more engaged you are in your work, the happier you will be at work and in life overall. Employers and managers can only create an environment facilitating positive emotions; the rest is up to each individual employee.

  • Go for a work-life blend, not balance. The idea they’re separate isn’t true anyway.
  • Find your purpose and passion. If you can’t fit it into your job yet, find a hobby to give you meaning aligned with your personal passions.
  • Understand the role you play. By seeing how your work impacts others and the organization overall, you can feel part of a team with a common goal.
  • Grow your own career. In HR, we see time and time again how important career development is to an employee’s satisfaction and engagement.
  • Build relationships. You’re with these people a lot, and they can make your life a lot easier if you have a rapport.
  • Set small goals. Build positive habits. You’ll get small wins contributing to big results. Use your strengths and learn new things for maximum effect.
  • Take on accountability. Commit publicly. You’ll show initiative, leadership, and responsibleness, plus you’ll be more motivated.
  • If you just don’t fit the culture, find a new team or organization. It’s worth it.
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