Why Shouldn’t “Happy Hour” Be All Day Long?

In today’s fast moving world, most people focus on the problems they are having instead of looking at all the positive things surrounding them. In Shawn Anchor’s informative and quite humorous Ted Talk, The Happy Secret To Better Work, he discusses how taking a different outlook on the things going on around you and seeing them in a positive light can increase productivity and creativeness not only within your personal life but at work as well.

“[It’s] the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. And if we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every single educational and business outcome at the same time.”- Shawn Anchor.

Many times in the business world, we tend to look at the problems we face instead of the achievements we have reached. We think of happiness in terms of our successes instead of attributing general happiness to producing those successes.

So if happiness can increase overall productivity and creativeness within the workplace, how do you make your employees happier? Sure you can give them a nice bonus check, or a day off, but I believe true happiness at a company stems from the overall company culture. First off, create an environment that focuses on positive things going on. Don’t start the day off talking about something that failed. Starting on a bad note could set the tone for the whole day. Focusing on positive accomplishments will make employees want to be there and continue to produce great work. Of course, in every business there are roadblocks and problems that arise, but by training employees to think more positively in the first place, there will be less negativity when a problem does occur. Also, providing a fun environment where people are happy to spend time and allowing for open communication around the office will keep employees happy and wanting to come to work everyday.

Google sets a great example for company culture. Not only do they have great facilities (The Goggleplex for example) but they offer a creative and fun environment to stimulate productivity and creativity. Google’s 20% time is a program that allows employees to spend about eight hours a week to work on new projects that could benefit the company. Although similar programs have been in existences for some time, Google’s uniquely permissive company culture has allowed this employment benefit to become a huge success. Former and current Google employees often speak highly of this somewhat-unofficial program, with numerous sources naming beloved programs like Gmail as having been born during this “free” time. By providing this time, employees are able focus on things they are interested in, which makes them feel appreciated and creates a more positive outlook on their job.

Overall, if you want long-term success, make sure you start with happy employees. “The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.”-Audrey Hepburn

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Simon Roads

Vice President of Sales

Born and raised in England, Simon Roads has had a distinguished career in various forms of aviation spanning over 45 years. His journey began as an A&P mechanic in the Royal Air Force and has encompassed a range of roles, ultimately leading to his position as the VP of Global Sales for Honda Aircraft. Throughout this extensive career, he has had the privilege of closely collaborating with Royalty, Dignitaries, and high net worth individuals, providing them with unparalleled expertise and a steadfast commitment to excellence in aviation services.

Having been immersed in the aviation industry for nearly half a century, his wealth of insights and knowledge has established him as a trusted figure within the field. His extensive experience has provided him with the opportunity to engage with diverse cultures, interacting with individuals from various walks of life, and ensuring that their distinctive requirements and preferences are met with the utmost precision.

One of his notable strengths lies in his adeptness at effectively managing global teams. Over the course of his career, he has demonstrated successful leadership and mentorship of professionals from different backgrounds and nationalities, fostering an environment characterized by collaboration, growth, and mutual respect.

Understanding different cultures has played a pivotal role in his professional journey. By taking part in the customs, traditions, and practices of his clients he not only fosters strong relationships but has also gained a profound appreciation for the unique needs and expectations of each of his clients.

Away from work, his priority is his family. His role as grandad to three wonderful boys, brings him immense joy. He has a penchant for outdoor activities such as cycling, kayaking, and golf. Additionally, he has developed a passion for cooking and continually seeks to learn new culinary techniques. The art of balancing life and work is an ongoing journey for him, and he considers himself fortunate to be able to savor the best of both worlds.

You can contact Simon at sroads@ipeoplesolutions.com

Meredith Stanley

Executive Recruiter

Meredith joined IPS in 2023 as an Executive Recruiter with over 5 years of recruiting experience at Amazon and Lyft. Prior to making the shift to recruiting, Meredith was an Executive Assistant for over 3 years at a Seattle-based insurance company. With a passion for finding top talent, Meredith has hired for a wide range of roles across North America in the hardware, micromobility, operations, transportation, and tech spaces.

After an unsuccessful attempt at a Chemical Engineering degree, Meredith graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies.

Meredith has a passion for live music, playing both piano and trombone. She also enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors either skiing, hiking or scuba diving.

You can contact Meredith at Meredith@ipeoplesolutions.com

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