A LinkedIn people search for “Chief Happiness Officer” returned 4700 results. Sadly, none from my 2000+ 1st degree connections.
So why did I search for professionals with a job title – Chief Happiness Officer?
One of my connections, Nazneen Bharde left a comment on one of my articles on LinkedIn – What is your employee value proposition?
Here’s her comment:
Thank you Nazneen!
As we stress on creating happier workplaces, why not have a Happiness Coach or a Chief Happiness Officer.
Do we really need a Chief Happiness Officer?
Here is a stat, courtesy Happiness Business School:
Every month, over 45 million people google “How to be happy”. About 4 billion results come up. Still, most people fall short of living happier lives.Tweet
Importance of happiness at work?
“When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is a duty, life is slavery.” – Maxim Gorky
A CHO or a Happiness Coach is the right step towards making happiness at work a serious business.
So what does a Chief Happiness Officer do? What are her key roles and responsibilities?
“A Chief Happiness Officer (CHO) is the person responsible for maintaining and boosting employee happiness within the organization.”
The description may sound simple. But, it certainly takes a lot to plan, maintain and boost happiness at work.
And that exactly is the reason why you should appoint a CHO in your firm – ensuring and maintaining employee happiness is no easy task. Someone qualified to get the job done is what we need when there’s a tough task at hand.
Listen to Henry Stewart, CHO at Happy Ltd.
A happy Henry puts it in the simplest of words.
- Making people feel good about themselves
- Happy in their work
- Doing something they are good at
- Are supported by their managers
Alex Kjerulf of Woohoo! Inc inspired Henry o change his job title from CEO to CHO. Alex had famously said – “The business of a business is happiness”.
“Over 90% of our respondents feel the need to have a chief happiness officer.” – Dr. Marie Puybaraud, JLL.
What are some benefits of maintaining and boosting happiness at work?
“People are entitled to joy at work” – W. Edwards Deming
- Increased productivity
- Improved creativity
- Enhanced communication
- More positive attitude towards work
In one study, it was found that participants who were in a good mood were able to complete a task faster and with fewer errors than those who were not in a good mood. Happiness is also known to increase creativity.
Employees who are stressed out are less productive and more likely to make mistakes. When workers feel happy and relaxed, they are less likely to feel stressed, and they are more likely to be productive.
It has been proven that happiness leads to better health. Happy workers take fewer sick days than their unhappy counterparts. They also have lower blood pressure, a stronger immune system, and a reduced risk of heart disease.
It’s simply a great feeling to be surrounded by happy people! 🙂