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Are You Happy at Work?

Work minus joy = sacrifice.
Robert Holden Ph.D.
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Mar 13, 2010 at 09:00 AM

Joy is often a notable absentee in the Hyperactive Workplace. It seems we are simply too busy to enjoy ourselves. I often witness an extreme dissociation between work and joy in the companies for which I consult. Joy is not a priority in these places; it isn’t even on the agenda. And yet, the economics of happiness shows that people who enjoy their work are a great asset. Joy is good for work, good for creativity, and good for success. People who think they can work without joy are fooling themselves. The cost of no joy at work is too high for any enterprise to be truly profitable.

It is a mark of intelligence, no matter what you are doing, to have a good time doing it.

— Anonymous

Work without joy inevitably ends up as sacrifice. Too many people put up with a “bad job” situation to earn money for “good things” in life. This is not wise. This is not necessary. This is not success. In the hyperactive world of work, we end up overworked and overspent, and our lives are over before we know it. If we are not careful, we get so lost in our constant activity that we fail to recognize what the real work of our lives is about.

I once worked for a British company with a rich Quaker heritage, which asked me to run a series of “Joy at Work” seminars. A recent in-house survey had identified a long-hours work culture that was affecting productivity, absenteeism, and sickness. The managing director took me on a tour of the company headquarters.

We passed by a room that looked like an old storage closet. “We store computers, printers, and that sort of thing in here,” he said. “It used to be a prayer room.”

I asked him, “Where do you pray now?”

He gave me a quizzical look. “We don’t pray anymore,” he said.

In the hyperactive world of work, more computers, more printers, and more photocopies will not save us. Prayer can. Vision can. And so can courage.

About Author
Robert Holden Ph.D.
Robert Holden Ph.D.’s innovative work on psychology and spirituality has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, a PBS show called Shift Happens! and a major BBC documentary called How to Be Happy, shown in 20 countries to o Continue reading