“Choose a job that you like, and you will not have to work a day of your life.” This quote of the Chinese philosopher Confucius is key in the search for happiness.
Necessarily and inevitably in life we have to work, and nothing better than being able to choose that job that we like, that we are passionate about and in which we feel recognized and fulfilled so that the routine fact of going to our workplace is transformed to enjoy working, and replace the feeling of obligation to play for the enjoyment of our dedication.
However, the Confuciu´s locution contains in its first word something perverse; “choose”.
Unfortunately, and as far as work is concerned, the ability to choose is not universal and available to all people, and that is where team leaders must make the appropriate decisions to reverse this situation. Many workers, for a wide range of circumstances that should not be judged, are destined to work where they can instead of where they want, but that does not imply that they feel resigned to their bad luck.
Those responsible for management in companies, regardless of the size the companies have, have to do our job assuming the responsibility of creating an environment conducive to our employees feel happy and fortunate to work with us and row in the direction in which that we will all obtain the best results, since it is demonstrated that through happiness the results are reached much more efficiently and effectively.
Key Factors for Achieving Happiness
It is key to know our team thoroughly, since each person will need different stimuli to activate the personal spark that makes them feel safe, recognized and fortunate, and there is no methodology that establishes a standardized procedure, which forces a deep knowledge work of each one of our collaborators, but once done, the speed in which we will be able to reach our objectives will compensate all the previous work.
On the other hand, not doing so will trigger that, instead of having a team that drives us in the right direction, we will have a group of people who are demotivated, without a fixed direction and who, if they are good, will seek to go to another company where they feel better, but if they are not, they will remain with us reluctantly with the pernicious effect that this will have for the rest.
General Actions to Achieve Happiness
General actions by all known, such as public recognition, correction in private, and involving the team in the company’s objectives, together with a bespoke work in which we are able to stimulate each person individually will make us differentiate, have a loyal team that by itself will select the best components, and will give us an unbeatable strength and position, which is essential actually.
Arturo Gálvez – Business Management
“If you do not work for your dreams, someone will hire you to fight for theirs” (Steve Jobs)
The current circumstances, after the deep economic crisis that we are still going through in Spain, have had two fundamental consequences; In the first place, it has made us put our feet on the ground and become aware of the reality in which we live, that nothing is forever, and that, just as you can climb, you can go down.
On the other hand, once the worst has happened and somehow, we return to enjoy some stability, taking risks gives us a certain panic, and scares us out of the so-called “comfort zone”.
We all want to improve our circumstances, whatever they may be, but after the storm we are reluctant to assume that a change for the better can lead to a result we do not expect. It can be due to two very different profiles: the first one is a conformist profile, without ambition, and that resigns to maintain a “security” status without further aspiration in life, and I enclose the word security, because I think it has been clear in the last years that absolutely NOTHING is secure enough, and that the biggest and strongest towers can fall in the blink of an eye, dragging in their fall everything they have around.
The second profile is one that, although it has a clear entrepreneurial intention and improvement, after bad experiences is reluctant to take risks again because of the dizziness that is experienced before the possibility of bad results.
Making decisions and leaving the comfort zone
If your profile is the first, honestly, I have nothing to say; enjoy with your attitude, and if you are really going to find satisfactory to keep in that false security previously commented, go ahead. However, if you see yourself reflected in the second profile, it is time to roll up your sleeves and, taking the necessary foresights, start walking to get your dreams.
The well-known zone of comfort, we can qualify it as zone of “loss of opportunities”. Fear makes us remain immobile and accommodate the “security” of the present, but it takes us away from a better future and that is something that we must value.
Obviously, the zero risk does not exist, but we can take advantage of our own and others’ experience to minimize the probability of committing insurmountable errors. There is no one in the history of humanity who has achieved important things without taking risks, and it is to that profile of people to whom we owe everything we enjoy today. We can make our small contribution to improve our present and the future of those who come after us.
It’s time to get out of our comfort zone.
It’s time to leave our comfort zone and consider the quote of Steve Jobs with which I have started this article, or someone will use us to get out of his own one.
For some time now, a parameter has been added to our management that has not been given too much attention, which has been called Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), as a vital element in the definition of the mission, vision, values and objectives of the companies, and as an essential issue related with the management of the company.
Due to the vertiginous advance that the economy and the industrialization have experienced since the Second Industrial Revolution, and, especially during the Cold War period and later (since the end of the 20th century to the present) all the effort has been put into productivity , the efficiency of the processes and in a competitiveness to achieve the result without paying attention to the collateral effects that it had.
The different legislations, logically always went a step behind since it is impossible to propose a correction to an event that has not occurred, and, moreover, there was not enough experience to be able to anticipate it, with which, the present was regulated, with all consequences of the past already done, and with the uncertainty of unpredictable future damages.
What is Corporate Social Responsibility?
According to the Observatory of Corporate Social Responsibility, it is defined as “a way of managing companies based on the management of the impacts that their activity generates on their customers, employees, shareholders, local communities, the environment and society in general.”
This definition, although it is brief and concise, explains crystal clear that CSR is something that goes beyond environmental or eco-friendly concepts, to be a fundamental part in the DNA of companies, something that has to soak up the identity and the personality of the organizations, that all the staff must know, assume and apply, and that the entity must communicate so that it is a valuable element for which our customers, suppliers, and everyone who wants to can evaluate and qualify us.
Corporate Social Responsibility is everyone’s business
This issue of Corporate Social Responsibility is not exclusive of large corporations or those listed on the stock market; it is something that must be incorporated whatever the size of our company or business, because, otherwise, we will lose adaptability and competitive position and our results will reflect that disadvantage.
The day to day has taken us to assume communications, internet, new technologies, etc. as something that defines whether we are inside or outside the market and the current environment, and Corporate Social Responsibility will not be less.
Today I still find myself with managers and CEOs who give less importance to this issue, without being aware of the consequences that this will bring, and there is something worse, and that is, since it is a “silent” issue since it does not uncover any negative parameter or ratio in the financial statements, when the symptoms appear, it may be too late to implement the necessary solutions.
Transparency and communication in corporate social responsibility
Fortunately, more and more companies publish their CSR report or some similar denomination in which they show and demonstrate the actions they carry out, the results obtained and the commitments they assume in the short, medium and long term, thereby facilitating a tangible tool by which to value them and know what we can expect from them.
It is everyone’s responsibility to contribute to society actions of improvement and commitment, and be willing to be audited for it, which will result in greater sustainability of our organizations and an improved legacy for future generations.