Happy Hour is 9 to 5
How to Love your Job, Love your Life, and Kick Butt at Work
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
Hard day at the office?
We should expect more from the 9 to 5, argues entrepreneur and happiness expert Alexander Kjerulf. Managers should make it a priority too: this book is packed with data that shows that happier people are more productive, more innovative, more motivated, deliver better customer service AND handle change better.
Happiness at work may sound a pipe dream but achieving it is actually quite possible. First, we need to understand what it’s not. It’s not about high-fiving and cheerleading (although it could be for some people). It’s not about eliminating all the bad stuff from our job – it’s about being happy at work even though some of those bad things are present.
Research across 30 countries shows that happiness at work rests on results and relationships. Happy Hour is 9 to 5 gives detailed, practical advice on building the skills and energy to improve both.
Here you’ll learn how to deal with everything from nightmare bosses, bullies, miserable co-workers, long-running conflicts, stifling bureaucracy and management who refuse to see anything beyond the bottom line.
It’s also full of inspiring real-life stories: of a temp worker cheering up her co-workers with small, random acts of kindness. A group of nurses rebel against the hospital’s sour mood and turn their ward into a happy place. A programmer at a bank learns what it takes to turn his department from boring to fun.
Alexander speaks from his own experience, both as co-founder of the Danish IT Company Enterprise Systems and as an expert on workplace happiness for clients including Hilton, Microsoft, Lego, Ikea, Shell, HP and IBM. His work has been featured in the Sunday Times, New York Times?, and BBC Radio 4’s In Business. www.positivesharing.com
Happy Hour is 9 to 5 is an outstanding book because it reminds us of the importance of our health and wellbeing. Read this book!’ Professor Cary L. Cooper, CBE
Happy Hour at work? YES!
I really enjoyed Happy Hour is 9 to 5. The premise is one that I've believed in for many years in my business life - customer satisfaction is rooted in employee satisfaction. The theory, supported by research, states that not only will your customers be happy if your employees are happy, but that that happiness will result in a strong positive performance in results. Written in an engaging and accessible manner, Happy Hour also includes a series of exercises designed to help the reader evaluate their own happiness and motivations for positive work experiences. Kjerulf provides simple activities that the reader can use in their daily life to improve their happiness and that of their colleagues. As a leader, there are so many practical and useful examples to take advantage of in this book. Our team read it as a book club title and we have committed to making small but real changes to help increase the happiness of our work team. I highly recommend Happy Hour is 9 to 5 for managers in particular.
I particularly liked the mission statement of one of the companies described in the book:
1. We want to treat our customers in such a a way that they stay wish us and also recommend us to people who are not yet our customers.
2. We want to treat our employees in such a way that they look forward to coming to work every day, and are proud to tell others where they work.
3. We want to make enough money to fulfill the first two statements.