AccelaWork’s belief in business process improvement is based around a simple formula: workplace productivity + satisfaction = results. These were covered in a presentation on this topic at the Indiana Business Fair.
The talk reminded us that a key advantage in business is speed. Anytime we can get a product to the customer faster, provide services more quickly, or deliver information sooner, we pull ahead of the competition.
If speed is the objective, the approach must balance the rate of progress against the level of excellence. Keeping quality and quantity at the forefront maximizes overall productivity. But then again, what good is it to complete tasks and please clients if we ourselves are frustrated, tired, and overworked? Working 24 hours straight could complete a task faster, but would that benefit really outweigh the cost? Accomplishment without a sense of personal satisfaction is hollow at best.
Success arises not just from work, but from a combination of reactive and proactive happiness. The choice to pursue success requires motivation. And in turn, why we choose to act may be driven by internal or external forces.
Not familiar with the difference between reactive and proactive happiness? The site bigsmiile.com breaks it down well.
Reactive Happiness is the reaction to ‘things’…food, comedy, people, movies, music, snuggles, tea and biscuits, a cosy fire, sunshine, beautiful scenery, a comfy pair of slippers etc.
Proactive Happiness is our belief systems, goals, values, freedom, knowing who you are, connection etc.
Finding a combination of the two is going to allow you to be happier in work, and in life, and thus more successful.
To elaborate on that further, an article from Serge Kahili King talks more about happiness.
Reactive happiness is the type of happiness that most people experience. It comes from how we have learned to react to specific conditions, situations, events, and behaviors. In this case our happiness is dependent on what happens in us, to us, or around us. Even our reaction to beauty has to be learned. When one of my sons was about two I was holding him and pointing out the sunset. At first he was indifferent, but when I explained that the way all the colors came together was a good thing, he began to respond. The next time we were outside at sunset he happily pointed out to me how beautiful it was. It’s the same with everything that “makes us happy.” We are happy because we have learned to be happy when a particular thing occurs.
Unfortunately, if those things don’t happen, most of us don’t have any occasion to feel happy. All we can do is to wait around until the right thing happens to make us happy. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The young Frenchman I mentioned before was trying to teach proactive happiness, the idea that we can purposely choose to be happy, no matter what the situation. To many it might sound like we would have to fake it, but he didn’t mean that and neither do I.
Of course you should take pleasure from completing tasks well and completing them on time, but if you aren’t pursuing those things for the right reason, then you won’t have lasting satisfaction in your work. You have to find a way to be intrinsically motivated and apply that to your work. It’s when you reach that point that things feel less like an endless list of tasks and more like an endless list of opportunities.
For more information on how to find the proper balance of productivity and satisfaction in your work, contact our Indianapolis speakers and consultants today!