Happiness at Work by Alexander Kjerulf, Chief Happiness Officer [Video]
If you do not know who Alexander Kjerulf is, then you have been missing out. Alexander is one of the world’s leading experts on happiness at work and is also the founder of Woohoo inc. His company, Woohoo has a simple philosophy: happy companies make more money. Earlier this year in March, Alexander traveled to Boston University to share his wisdom about differences between workplace happiness in Europe (Denmark) and the United States. We recommend you watch (or listen during work) Kjerulf’s lecture! Inspiring words that we should all be living by. You can follow Alexander Kjerulf on Twitter and make sure to check out his blog. A few takeaways that struck us as particularly fascinating. Enjoy.
- Arbejdsglaede (ah-bites-gleh-the): translates in Scandinavian to Workhappiness. This word does not exist in any other culture.
- Scandinavians have focused on creating good workplaces for the past forty or fifty years.
- Power Distance – distance between managers and employees. In the US this is 2x higher than in Denmark.
- Masculine Business Culture — Denmark has one of the most feminine business culture. A feminine business culture focuses on work life balance as opposed to a masculine business culture which focuses strongly on performance.
- In Denmark quality of life is the sign of success as opposed to strictly wealth. Effective managers are supportive to his/her team, and decision making is achieved through involvement.
- ANYONE can be happy at work. ANYONE.
- Research shows that a raise, bonus and promotions make employees happy for only about two weeks before returning to the original state.
- Kjerulf believes happiness at work is derived from two factors: creating meaningful results, achievements (feeling like you made a difference) AND having good relationships.