You are not the first to push back on the words “happy” and “feel good.” We’re not going for sticky sweet rainbows and unicorns. We’re talking about that magical inspired joyous knowing you’re right where you’re supposed to be. You belong. You matter. And it feels good. It’s the same feeling you get when you relax around a campfire, score a goal, or give a friend a high-five when you both relate.
Think about this for a moment, if you’re a parent, do you hope your children grow up to be “engaged?”
And while your employees are not your children, they are someone else’s. And we want for them to live a life they love. Abbreviated: “happy.” When you feel happy, there’s a visceral impact in your body – an opening and lighting of sorts reflected in smiling side crinkled eyes. Engagement and satisfaction don’t have this.
We measure what matters. We spoke to one employee about how we literally measure “Do you feel good about coming to work?” And she pregnantly paused. And said, “In my last job there would be days driving to work where I would hope to get in an accident rather than arrive.”
And no, we don’t believe you can make someone happy. However, we here at Choose People want your organization to create the context, the environment, in which your employees could live a life they love and help your organization be more successful because of it.