The key to happiness at work

By Oliver Sylvester-Bradley on 14 Jan 2015 - 18:58

Are you happy with your job? Are you happy with what your job involves? Considering most of us spend as much time at work as asleep, or out having fun, these seem like important questions!

The sad truth is that "there are twice as many 'actively disengaged' workers in the world as there are 'engaged' workers who love their jobs."[1] For Elevator that's a fact that needs changing. Our mission is to help students, graduates, freelancers and full-time workers switch careers and find meaningful, inspirational and genuinely "good jobs" which they love because they make them happy.

We don't expect everyone to sprout halos and start singing Kumbayah[2] but we don't believe we were born to work 8+ hours a day for greedy, unscrupulous corporations who place profits above all else; Or that anyone should be 'disengaged' at work.

Social scientist, Arthur Brooks, says:[3]

Work can bring happiness by marrying our passions to our skills, empowering us to create value in our lives and in the lives of others. Franklin D. Roosevelt had it right: “Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”

A recent study from Southampton University[4] claims that "working to benefit a good cause increases productivity by up to 30 per cent."

So the key to being happy, and fully engaged in your work, seems to lie in "achievement" which benefits others as well as yourself.

Dr Mirco Tonin, lead author of the Southampton University study says

our results provide empirical support for the growing recognition that some workers are also motivated by advancing social causes through their efforts.

At Elevator all the jobs we promote advance social causes in some way, which is why we believe they're "good jobs". But we still want to know what you think "A good job is..."?

The #GoodJobs competition is now underway and the results seem to be showing some consensus... but it's not too late to enter the competition by providing your own definition and voting on the other entries. Plus, if you refer a few friends (using your unique code which will show up in the right hand side bar once you are logged in) you can earn more Network Points to increase your chances of winning.

Check out the prizes and get your entry in before Jan 31st 2015, and if you're not sure your job is making you as happy as you could be check out the job listings for inspiration.