Why Joy Matters at Work + How to Create More of It
The non-profit Publicolor (publicolor.org) in NYC puts underprivileged youth to work creating bright, colorful spaces with paint. Administrators in schools that have been painted by Publicolor report better attendance, less graffiti, and students feeling safer at school. Employees working in brighter, more colorful offices tend to be more alert, more confident, and friendlier.
Joy is not the same as happiness. Joy is a short elevation in mood, while happiness is a longer - maybe even lifelong - pursuit. But moments of joy can certainly help lead to more happiness. And so joy is really important, especially in places we spend more waking hours than we do in our own homes. When we look at it this way, what could be more important than increasing joy at work?
Further, if design can bring a sense of joy to the beholder, it stands to reason that the beholder will feel more positively toward the bringer of that joy. Does that mean a joyful design for your office, store, website, or business card will lead to more profit?
A few years ago I hired a neighborhood kid to round the corners of my business cards with a scrapbooking tool. She agreed to $5 but I think I paid her $10 for 1000 cards. That business card gets more attention than almost anything else I have done. It just tends to delight people. They touch the rounded edges and comment "I love your card." I don't know if it results in more sales, but I like the smile when I hand them the card.
So just in case you are buying in to the notion that increasing a sense of joy can improve your life and possibly increase the bottom line, here are 3 ways to bring more joy to work:
I don't know if creating more joy will increase the profitability of your business. But I can tell you with 100% certainty that creating more joy will lead to more joy. And isn't that reason enough?
Oh and if you are looking for that TedX talk I mention above here is the link : www.ted.com/talks/ingrid_fetell_lee_where_joy_hides_and_how_to_find_it
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