ACI Founder and CEO Dr. Ann D. Clark is a frequent media contributor and blogger. See an excerpt of Dr. Clark’s recent feature below, and read the full article in WorldatWork’s Benefits & Work-Life Focus.
One look at some of the job titles now gaining popularity will make it clear where priorities lie for many companies. Titles such as “Chief Happiness Officer,” “VP of People and Culture” and even “Vibe Manager” reflect an increasing focus on employee happiness and creating a positive work environment. These new job titles often go hand in hand with an emphasis on fun, as companies woo employees with ping pong tables, nap pods, surf breaks and bring your pet to work days.
Of course, having fun at work is known to lead to more productive and happier employees. But happiness at work goes much deeper than fun and games. True happiness at work is grounded in job satisfaction, and job satisfaction comes from feeling appreciated, acknowledged, engaged and connected to a shared purpose.