Today we’re going to wrap up our series on “Happiness in the Office”. In Part I and Part II, we looked at the overall concept of happiness at the office, and 12 ways to exploit your own happiness.

 

Below is a bit more information on the ClearOne Spain office and their “Thanks Portal,” which is a concrete way they are encouraging office happiness:

 

The “Thanks Portal,” initiative at the ClearOne Spain office, combines the overall happiness strategy, gamification, and social relationships to cultivate a positive mindset among employees in a simple way, without changing daily work routines and without losing time.

 

The basic premise of the Thanks Portal is to express gratitude and focus on positive experiences and random acts of kindness. These simple acts all change peoples’ outlooks, the very way in which your brain views “work,” to create and sustain a positive and engaged workforce.

 

The portal allows fellow employees to post “stars/positive points” about encounters with other employees; the intrinsic reward being simply to receive more and more of these positive comments. The social relationship between employees is well-documented as the greatest predictor of happiness during periods of high stress, and a positive social relationship creates positive habits.  It can have favorable outcomes both on employees (e.g., job satisfaction, increased well-being) and the organization (e.g., commitment, collaboration and productivity).

 

We know we’ll see nothing but increased creativity and efficiency from the Spain office, as they continue this unique and fun way to add happiness to the office!

 

Let us know what you’ve done in your workplace, or what you’ve seen in other areas that help everyone to be more positive and more fulfilled.

 

Here’s to your Happy Office!