How Does Your Joy Support the Big Picture?

iStock_2892694Sm earth from space1Why should your boss, or your boss’s-boss’s-boss care about you making the effort to Create Joyful Work? The short answer is that you will be happier and probably more successful.

Shouldn’t that be enough for those who are responsible for your welfare at work each day? We humans are all connected, so your elevation will also raise those around you, like a rising tide lifts all boats.

However lets face the bigger truth–businesses are in business to succeed.  So while the elements of our journey toward personal fulfillment are admirable, to be worthwhile long term they ALSO need to contribute to the success of the corporation that employs us.

There are two main ways that our personal journey toward Joyful Work enhances the success of our companies:

  • When one person is more peaceful and joyful, then those around them often pick up on that vibe. This increases cooperation, which means teams work better. This increased synergy increases productivity AND creativity, leading to faster, and probably better, results.
  • Mindfulness is a key to, and a benefit from, Creating Joyful Work. Being more mindful helps us to see the larger picture, to expand our circle of recognition and how we perceive what’s important to us. Having this larger view makes it more likely that we will incorporate the high-level purpose of our company into our daily work.

Colleague and Chief Coaching Partner, Jacqueline Franklin, explains well how this helps our organizations, “For any company to sustain prosperous growth, its people need to connect their gifts to the company’s mission in a meaningful way.”

Just in case your boss (or boss’s boss) needs more data, here are some tidbits:

  • The founding treatise for the Conscious Capitalism Movement, a book called Firms of Endearment (and my inspiration for entree into this world) states that the firms featured in their book outperformed the S&P 500 by 14 times, and the companies from Good to Great by 6 times over the 15-year period from 1998 to 2013.*
  • An analysis of Fortune Magazine’s Great Workplaces showed that in the 13 years from 1998 to 2010, the average annual return for those companies was more than 10%, versus a 3.83% return for the S&P 500. That’s almost four times the profit for investors over the course of time.*

So, if like me, you feel guilty for taking a few minutes in your workday for personal growth, you now have the data you need to let go of that program!

What are some of the ways your personal growth has positively impacted others in your work? Is there some data here that you can use in your workplace to further the concept of Creating Joyful Work?

Please share by commenting below or sending me an email. Thanks!

* From a study by Henry Steward of Happy Serious Learning LTD. Looking at just the profits for a $10,000 investment. Over 13 years the S&P 500 would return $5,700, where the Great Workplace investment would have returned $21,590.

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