James Parr at Omniblog has a great post on happiness at work, and how any company can become happy:
Now you might sit here reading this and thinking ďyeah, thatís all very well in another company, but in ours where weíre just making widgets day in day out, whoís going to be that passionate about working for us?Ē Fair point, in essence. Itís a common notion that we canít all be Google, with a raft of cool people, eager to sign up. Like many common notions though, itís complete and utter BS.
Youíre worried because youíre not making uber-sexy products, or youíre worried that itís just too tough to get your warehouse staff excited about stacking boxes right? Well worry no more. Happiness at work can apply to everyone. Call centres (notoriously high attrition rates) can be happy places. Production lines can be happy places. Banks and leisure centres and council buildings and hospitals and schools and compliance units and McDonalds and everywhere else can be happy workplaces! Itís about doing some basic things right.
He then goes on to list 5 things your workplace could try right now.
He also goes on to say some very nice things about yours truly. I’m blushing here :o)