Nov 9, 2012 9:26 AM by Marissa Torres
Most of us spend a large portion of our lives working. So, it's no surprise that our job can have a big impact on our general well-being. But studies show that Americans now feel worse about their jobs and work environments than ever before.
Meet Lara Morrow. She works at beryl healthcare call center and is an important member of the team. Her official title: queen of fun and laughter.
"I love my folks!"
This queen of fun has other duties of course, but it's her job to make sure things are light at work. Jordan ford works at beryl and says it's the culture, not the money, that keeps him clocking in.
"It keeps it interesting. It breaks up the monotony," says Jordan Ford, an employee.
The guy at the top is Paul Spiegelman. As the boss, he says he spends about half his time at the office working on employee happiness.
"The way to do that is to talk to your employees and see what's important to them. How would they like to have fun? Is there something you'd like to do at work? Is it as simple of a dress up day or a pot luck? Would they like to go out after work together? The ideas should all come from them."
Spiegleman is also an author. he wrote a book called "why is everyone smiling" all about workplace happiness. His advice to skeptical employers? happy employees means better work, which means more profit, which means... more happiness.
"The leader has to believe and realize, most importantly, there's a connection between culture and profit. And not only is it the right thing to do, it's good for business."
Spiegleman says you don't have to employ a queen of fun and laughter... but it can't hurt.
Some other ways to be happier at work? Keep it moving! Employees who incorporate physical activity into their day tend to be more engaged and energetic on the job then those who stay glued to their chairs.