Real happiness at work?
When we ask what makes you happy at work the vast majority of people say the people they work with. Yet, how conscious are you of your friendliness factor?
Gallup research reports that people who have a “best friend at work” are not only more likely to be happier and healthier, they are also seven times as likely to be engaged in their job. But should we be best friends or colleagues and where is the balance?
I have yet to see a Leadership or Management Programme in the world that includes the importance of being friendly as a core module, if being friendly at work creates higher levels of productivity, retention, and job satisfaction then isn’t about time we started focusing on our friendly factor?
One of the greatest blockers we see is the need to look and act “professional”. This mask creates distance, formality and hierarchy. It's also not impressive. Again and again, we see people remove the mask, be themselves, and promotion follows.
Do you believe that lifting your “status” creates a persona of authority or are you so busy not delegating and doing it yourself that you are a one person silo?!
If you change the way that you are and communicate when at work, compared to when you are out of work, then you are reducing your realness, these behaviours reduce collaboration and connection between teams, and can make individuals feel out of the loop, isolated and lonely.
Here are eight questions to ask to connect and build rapport with people on a basis other than just work, such as; ''what’s the best thing that happened to you this year?'' or ''what excites you right now?’’
Is the key to connecting and having useful and real communication at work, actually about just being yourself?
Here are our top tips for bringing the non-work you into work, and upping your friendly factor: