Friday, October 31, 2014

Happiness at Work

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Happiness at Work…

 "If you feel like you're doing good things and have good intentions, you're taking care of people with the right principles and ethics, you're actually a lot happier."  (Weili Dai)

I really like this quote from Weili Dai who is the president of Marvell Technology Group.  The company which produces more than 1 billion silicon chips a year that are used from everything  from cell phone to laptops to video-gaming systems had more than $3.4 billion in revenue in the 2014 fiscal year.  What I like about her, is her inspirational leadership style which embraces compassion and understanding in the workplace --which in turn makes her happy.  

I am one of those very fortunate people who love their work.  In our industry we have the privilege in helping people find great jobs, new career choices, change their career path, live in a different city where a new job has taken them, or help bring people into our country with new job opportunities.  In this effort there can be many challenges, but I still find great joy when I can successfully match great people with terrific companies.  I truly love working each day with the people in my office, our clients and our consultants in the field.  The net result makes me happy that I am able to make a contribution and fortunate that I have the opportunity to work with such wonderful people. 

Having said that, I have recently reviewed Sharon Salzberg’s new book, “Real Happiness at Work” and she makes many strong points regarding why people may or may not be happy at work and how one can change that.   Salzberg is a New York Times Bestselling author and teacher of Buddhist meditation practices in the West. In 1974, she co-founded the Insight Meditation Society at Barre, Massachusetts.  In her book she talks about having a sense of meaning in your work, the importance in remembering the people you rely on and the people who rely on you, about being thoughtful in your emails, meetings and encounters so that you truly are genuine in your interactions and reflective of both the positive and negative that happens each day.  

While day to day business practice puts us all at risk for focusing strictly on the bottom line, it has come to my attention that a happy staff and engaged employees have a direct effect on just that order. As a staffing and recruiting firm, the negative term,  “head  hunter” just doesn’t cut it anymore and I’ve always taken offense to that label.  At NextGen we work at being purposeful in what we do and take pride in our work.  

Knowing that when we can help build successful business partnerships, help change people lives for the better and make the workplace stronger…we believe we are doing  something very worthwhile.  In the same way, this is why we take the responsibility of community involvement, volunteerism and charitable giving as an important part of our culture.  It is also why we have programs which support education, diversity and our veterans.  We don’t just put people in jobs.  Where people begin their career, how or where they relocate, or where they end up, involves their families, friends and their neighbors as well.  We don’t take that lightly.  There is meaning to our work.

There are numerous articles regarding work-life balance and happiness in the workplace.  But, I think it’s safe to say that one thing each one of us can bring to our office each day is a positive attitude with the thought and intent to be helpful, mindful and purposeful.  

While everyone may not love their work, like I do, I do believe that we each have the power to change that, make choices and even take a risk when necessary.  It's now fall and as the leaves change, we are reminded that nothing is static and we each have the ability to make positive changes in our personal lives and professional careers. 

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