Bosses Have More Fun. It's Time to Spread the Joy Around.

We often tend to view a good leader or a good employee as someone who sacrifices in order to make the company more successful. But the greatest competitive advantage in a modern economy is a positive and engaged workforce.

Bosses are more satisfied than workers with their home and work lives, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. About eight-in-ten bosses surveyed report that they are "very satisfied" with their home lives, in contrast to about seven-in-ten workers.


There is an even greater disparity when it comes to job satisfaction. 69% of bosses are satisfied with their current position, as opposed to only 48% of workers. Not surprisingly, when it comes to their financial situation, bosses are more satisfied than their lower paid workers. 

According to positive psychology expert Shawn Achor, our leadership needs to change on this issue. We often tend to view a good leader or a good employee as someone who sacrifices in order to make the company more successful. 

In a lesson on Big Think Edge, the only forum on YouTube designed to help you get the skills you need to be successful in a rapidly changing world, Achor says that this attitude leads to burn-out, and productivity goes down. In the end, non one wins. Clients go away, and turnover rates skyrocket.  

it is the responsibility of leaders to create environments for employee to thrive. That means emphasizing the role of social support, the role of optimism, as well as training. Achor does not mean training in terms of technical skills, but rather, in three other key areas. These are:

1. Behavior Matters
If you believe that your behavior matters, you keep working even in the midst of challenge.  

2. Social Support Networks.
Your manager, your teammates, your family members and friends at home - that social support network is extremely crucial in predicting the success rate of an individual.  

3. Managing Stress
When you view your stress in a positive way and manage your energy in a positive way, what we find is those success rates rise.  

Achor says companies need to all of these things because "I believe the greatest competitive advantage in a modern economy is a positive and engaged workforce."

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