Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Monday, April 25, 2011

Career Happiness: Not Money, Time

One more time: we spend most of our adult waking hours at work. That gruesome fact alone makes career choices significant.

Now, as if it should come as a surprise, let me share my favourite nugget from If Money Doesn’t Make You Happy, Consider Time, from the Stanford School of Business' knowledgebase:

"Although spending time with bosses and coworkers tends to be associated with some of the lowest degrees of happiness, two of the biggest predictors of people’s general happiness are whether they have a ‘best friend’ at work and whether they like their boss."

In other words, if you want to be happier at work look for a job that includes a boss and colleagues that you think you will like. This is something to watch for in interviews and other recruitment activities.

Thanks due once again to the 'Barking up the wrong tree' news feed.


John FitzGerald said...

And yet employers continue to consider their employees "human resources," things that, just like elctricity or computer software, are important only as means to produce products or services.

All the more reason to get job-seekers to take the tribes test you posted about pon May 9. Too bad they don't get aspiring managers to take it.