Happiness Officers: Should Every Workplace Hire Someone to Bring Joy? | Health & well-being
Name: Happiness Officers.
Age: The psychological and philosophical pursuit of happiness continued thousands of years ago in China, India and Greece. Think of Confucius, Buddha, Socrates, Aristotle. More recently, Roger Hargreaves published his scholarly text Mr Happy in 1971.
It’s not about that, is it? Not directly. This is an even more modern idea, namely the Happiness Officer.
officer of happiness? It’s a thing ? It could be soon.
Where? Clifford Luck.
The international law firm? Doesn’t look like the hippy dippy wellness kind of place ideas. Hippy dippy idea or the future of work? Either way, one of the candidates for the position of managing partner of their London headquarters, John Kewley, has promised to create the new position of director of happiness, if appointed.
Surely they are already happy, when they earn all that money. True, the partners of these companies receive seven-figure salaries. But stress levels and burnout rates are also high…
OK, It’s not good. “Surprise, rejoice, dream,” Kewley wrote in his manifesto. “We have a generational opportunity to create the most dynamic, happiest and most uplifting workplace in the world.”
I am still struggling to feel sorry for a bunch of wealthy lawyers in town. It’s not just Clifford Chance; workers are burning out and giving up everywhere. Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, almost a quarter of a million Britons aged between 50 and 65 have left their jobs and are not looking for a new one.
And you suggest naming agents of happiness would help? Well, you never know, it might. Laurie Santos says it’s in employers’ interest to notice that people are burning out.
Laurie Santos? Who is she? A psychology professor known as Yale’s “Professor of Happiness” since teaching the most popular course in the university’s history, Psychology and the Good Life. She is also the host of The Happiness Lab podcast.
Looks like Santos knows his stuff when it comes to happiness. Perhaps she would be interested in the position within the London law firm? Professor Santos is currently on a burnout break…
Say (like Albert Schweitzer done once): “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you do, you will succeed.”
Do not tell : “Go away and leave me alone, Happiness Officer, I’m listening to Leonard Cohen.”