Happy Hour Discussion

Share what you do

If you’ve come up with something that works, don’t keep it a secret. Share your great ideas, tips, tools and whatever else you come up with. Share it inside your company, or even better, share it here, where you can tell the whole world and other readers of Happy Hour is 9 to 5 what you’ve done to make yourself and others happy.

Make time for your people

In Chapter 10 we discussed how many leaders have their focus exclusively on their own work, to the point where they don’t have time for their employees. These leaders ignore the fact that what really matters as far as happiness at work is concerned is the day-to-day interactions they have with their people. Managers who take time for their people make them feel appreciated, understood and motivated. Share your thoughts and comments here.


To be held back by stupid rules and irrational regulations makes no sense and makes your job more complicated than it needs to be. As we read in Chapter 4, bureaucracy is one of the things that can cause severe unhappiness at work, and there is a clear correlation between workplaces with more bureaucracy and workplaces people want to leave. Share your thoughts and comments on bureaucracy in the workplace.

The Cult of Overwork

The cult of overwork is the belief that the more hours you work, the better. In many workplaces there's always more work, no matter how much work you finish. Everybody is always running behind. You can't fix this by working harder, working longer, working more efficiently, or by prioritising your work better. Share your comment or thoughts on how overwork can cause severe unhappiness at work.

Grow and Learn

No matter how much you enjoy your job today, if you do exactly the same things in exactly the same way for a long time, sooner or later you will stop enjoying it. In Chapter 2 we saw that one of the things that makes us happy at work is learning. When we don't learn at work, things become a lot less fun. We're either growing or we're shrinking; there's no in-between. Shrinking feels bad; growing feels really, really good. Share your comments here.

You can’t force people to be happy

Happiness at work must always be an invitation. You can open the door and invite people in, but you can’t push them through the door against their will. The more you try, the more they will cling to the doorjamb, kicking and screaming. You simply can't force people to be happy. Share your thought and comments on the topics from Chapter 1; Happiness at Work and Forcing People to be Happy.



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