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In every age 'the good old days' were a myth. No one ever thought they were good at the time. For every age has consisted of crises that seemed intolerable to the people who lived through them.

~ Brooks Atkinson ~

The Power Of Happy Management

November 10th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 54 secs

Isn't it time we had more happy leadership?

Isn’t it time we had more happy leadership?

There are a lot of ways to manage an organization. But there’s one approach that particular impresses. I call it “happy management”.

Unlike  administration styles that variously grind people into the ground, force them to adhere to procedures against their will, or generally treat people as expendable, happy management is totally different.

Although there is still a key emphasis on productivity, and staff still need to comply with their responsibilities, implicitly staff are well regarded.

So what makes happy management? The answer is in the way people are treated. This style has the happiness and general wellbeing of staff as a key priority. But, not only is a spirit of goodwill there to support the team, there is also a genuine respect for every member’s individual value.

Imagine a manager who listens to you, respects your abilities, and does everything she can to help you achieve your goals as they fit into work? That’s happy management.

If everybody feels respected, accepted, and their happiness is factored in, work can actually be a pretty nice place to be. Yet, how can that happen in a modern day workplace with all of its targets, pressure, and workplace politics.

Well, respect, sincerity, and care never need to be stripped from any workplace. When employees are trusted, and given decision-making powers appropriate to their abilities, they tend to appreciate it. After all, if they cannot be trusted to excel at their job then why were they hired in the first place?

Happy management accepts the wellbeing and comfort of employees as a core part of creating a strong service culture. Treat workers badly and they often feel less committed, less able to handle customers, and privately resentful of being put upon by bossy authorities.

Whereas in a happy management approach none of this makes sense. Giving staff incentives to achieve, treating them as the capable people they are, and  showing them loyalty makes a team strong and the individuals within it more confident and dedicated.

If you are one of the fortunate few who work with such a company, be thankful indeed. For, the vast majority of people work within a climate of indifference. And that can be destructive, hurtful, or simply unhelpful.

So, what do you do if you work in a situation where management is cold but feel compelled to stay? Part of the answer is to apply some of your own happy influence over whoever is accountable to you. As much as you are able, create an oasis of safety and trust for others. By doing so, you not only make life a little easier for others, but you also enhance the quality of your own.

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