Back in April of 2013, I had the amazing opportunity to hear Vishen Lakhiani of MindValley speak at Internet Prophets LIVE! 2013. While most presentations that weekend were about technology, Vishen had something a little bit different to talk about. Instead of talking about how to leverage the internet for your business, Vishen spoke about happiness in the workplace.
About 70% of our waking hours are spent at work and therefore should be a place where people can find happiness, fulfillment and meaning. This isn’t just for an individual’s sanity and well-being but studies have also shown that happy employees make more productive employees.
Because of this, Vishen stressed the Five Principles of Happiness at Work. Rather than asking a person what they can do for your business, you should tell that talent what YOU can do for THEM.
This presentation and Vishen’s message came rushing back to my mind a few months ago after I received two extremely rude emails. The worst part was, they were from a company that wanted to hire me!
Here’s the story…
A few months back, I came across a job posting for a Public Relations Account Executive. The company seemed great, the position was right up my alley and I was so excited when the owner of the company emailed me personally! Or, I was excited until I read the actual email…
Hi Brittney. Received your very elaborate cover letter! I must say I am a fan of much simpler, direct writing -- but at least it shows you have personality. If you are interested in coming in for an interview this week...
From there, the owner invited me in for an interview. I have to admit, I was a bit turned off and offended that our initial interaction included a backhanded compliment. Nonetheless, still excited about the potential position, I agreed to meet with the owner later that week.
The interview went well, however, I later accepted a position with another company that better suited the direction I wanted my career path to take.
I wrote out a letter to the woman I had just interviewed with thanking her for the interview and expressed my extreme appreciation for her time and her consideration. I then explained that I had accepted another position that better fit my career aspirations and wished her the best of luck as she continued her search a candidate.
Feeling that I had been very professional with my letter, especially since she hadn’t even offered me a position yet, I was extremely surprised to find this email in my inbox a few days later…
WOW- not weighing your options. Really? Good luck to you then... You'll need it.
I was floored. Huh? Why? What just happened?
It took me a few hours but eventually I realized that I should not be upset about an unprofessional response from a business owner who first of all, conducted themselves that way, but who also could not offer me a positive work environment.
And for those of you wondering, I never responded to that last email.
How does your company ensure happiness within the workplace? Your techniques may not be as extreme as Vishen’s but, especially after this experience, I believe that measures to ensure happiness in the workplace should begin at the first interview.
I am lucky to now work for a wonderful company that does everything it can to make sure its employees are happy and engaged. Not only does it make for a great work environment but a strong team.