What leads to a happy life? What are the various ways to be happy? Happiness means different things to each of us, yet after doing extensive research, Management 3.0 founder, Jurgen Appelo, discovered a common thread:
Happiness is something we create, it is not something to achieve. It is a path you choose, not a destination to arrive at.
So many of us spend our time in pursuit of happiness, yet instead of searching for i we need to find ways to live it, embrace it and implement it into our daily lives. As we’ve spread the word about the 12 Steps of Happiness we began speaking to companies who were actively implementing those practices into their culture.
Rather than us trying to tell you how it works, we’d rather show you the value added through the testimonies and stories of companies who care about happiness at work:
CYBERCLICK & THANK
“Every Monday we eat lunch together as a team and end the meal by giving an internal example of one of our values that was seen in the previous week,” says Kelly Rogan, digital marketing strategist at the startup Cyberclick. Kelly says giving thanks allows their team to always look for the positive and to live out their values every single day.
REDBOOTH & HIKING
Redbooth project management software has a monthly step competition. With a dangling carrot of a mere $25 Amazon gift card, they’ve sparked a healthy competition that gets teammates cheering each other on and gets a team of mostly developers out in the beautiful Californian and Spanish sun.
MOBILE JAZZ & EXPERIENCING & SOCIALIZING
Why work in the same place all year round if all you need is a strong internet connection? Not only does Mobile Jazz encourage remote working (one of their employees is currently traveling around the world), they foster experiencing and socializing as much as possible. Every year the startup organizes several 1-2 month company retreats, where they rent out a villa so that everyone can work and be together. Past trips have included Bali, Thailand, the Swiss Alps and Cape Town. Bets are on as to where they’ll take off to next.
Listen to Stefan’s interview on our Happiness at Work Podcast