Magazine article New Zealand Management

Smile, You're at Work

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Smile, You're at Work

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What relevance does happiness have when it comes to workplace productivity? Does the economic wellbeing of the nation depend on our collective happiness quotient? Should work, indeed, be fun? These were some of the questions that writer Vicki Jayne set out to explore in this month's cover story "Don't worry, be happy" which starts on page 28 of this issue.

For much debate in recent times has centred around diverse as neuro-immunology and psychological warfare. Links have been drawn between sporting prowess and the "happy gene". Buddhist monks have submitted to magnetic resonance scanning as science tries to grasp the power of religion. Yet little has been produced about what happiness may mean in a business context--much less a New Zealand one.

In her research, Jayne discovered that, a bit like a smile, happiness is hard to pin down. What exactly did people mean by the term? Was it simply another word for employee satisfaction? What is the difference between happiness and resilience? Ultimately, there are no hard and fast rules. The lexicon of business has not been cemented into place. Different practitioners use a variety of terms for what may, or may not, be the same thing. …

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