People are constantly asking me why I use the peculiar term Happiness At Work rather than the more traditional job satisfaction or employee satisfaction.
And by constantly, I mean I get asked this two or three times a year at least!
Anyway, here’s why: There is no way you can energize or excite the people in an organization around the theme of satisfaction. “Come on, everybody, let’s make this a workplace where we can all be satisfied with our jobs!??? is not exactly the rallying cry of the century.
Make happiness your goal instead. As in “Let’s make this a workplace where people are happy to work???. It has way more potential and sends a much clearer and more interesting message.
Happiness at work = Exciting. Fun. Ambitious. Energizing.
Job satisfaction = Booooooooring!