Your mission on this Monday is to ask a co-worker, at a suitable time of your choosing, what his or her best vacation ever was. Then listen interestedly to the answer and ask some follow-up questions. Good question might be:
- So what did you like about it?
- What was the best thing about it?
- How did your family like it (assuming they traveled with their family?
This is a great way to get people talking because:
- Everybody has vacations.
- Everybody likes vacations.
- Everybody is passionate about their vacations and put a lot of effort and thought into them.
If you feel you need an excuse to ask, you can always do it in the guise of asking for tips for your next vacation.
Why is this a good thing? Happiness at work is very much about good workplace relationships. It’s about making genuine connections between human beings, rather than between co-workers or bosses or employees.
You can’t really make these connections if you only ever talk about work, and you make the best connections when you get people talking about their good experiences. Sitting around the lunch table bitching about the weather, the taxes or your commute does NOT create good workplace relations or, indeed, much happiness at work.
The Chief Happiness Officer’s Monday tips are simple, easy, fun things you can do to make yourself and others happy at work and get the work-week off to a great start. Something everyone can do in five minutes, tops. When you try it, write a comment here to tell me how it went.