What do you need to be happy at work?

Whether you’re running an un-funded startup, a 10-person company, or a non-profit project with unpaid volunteers, happiness plays a huge role in how much you and your team achieve.

“Your happiness is directly related to creating happiness for others.”
Bruce Poon Tip

What you do in your business can be driven by happiness.

Achieving Happiness in Business

To be happy in an organization (whether at work, a volunteer initiative, or running their own business), these are the most important things we need:

1. The ability to grow

2. Being connected

3. Being part of something bigger than yourself

4. Freedom and flexibility

The Dalai Lama says that your only purpose in life is to be happy. Sounds selfish — but he also explains that happiness is derived from making others happy.

“Make someone happy, then you’ll be happy too.”
— The Dalai Lama

Bruce Poon Tip People only produce 20 minutes of real work for every 60 minutes worked, some productiviy studies show, but a happier team achieves much more — benefitting your organization so many ways.

I was inspired to write this after attended a talk by Canadian entrepreneur Bruce Poon Tip, the founder of G Adventures. His company’s business model is centred on happiness.

“Happy people are far more productive. So creating a work environment that fosters happiness and connectedness actually improves employee productivity.”

As a creative company, you actually need distractions to expand people’s thinking and generate new ideas.

The first floor of the G Adventures office has a foosball, a Ping-Pong table and popcorn machines to “distract” employees. The founder believes his staff are less productive when they work too hard, because their focus becomes very narrow.

The first floor of the G Adventures office has a foosball, a Ping-Pong table and popcorn machines to “distract” employees. The founder believes his staff are less productive when they work too hard, because their focus becomes very narrow.

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