The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />Alexander Kjerulf<br />
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />This manifesto is a declaration of principles and intentions for those of us who have dec...
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />1 I choose to be happy at work<br />I refuse to work at any job that does not make me hap...
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />2 I can be happy at work<br />Actually, anyone can. Provided they decide to.<br />
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />3 My happiness at work is my responsibility<br />While my boss, my co-workers, my employe...
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />4 Knowing what makes me happy or unhappy at work is my responsibility<br />It’s not up to...
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />5 Letting others know what makes me happy or unhappy at work is my responsibility<br />It...
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />6 Something will happen when I do something<br />As long as I sit on my butt and wait for...
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />7 I know that my happiness at work affects my happiness outside of work<br />A really bad...
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />8 I know that happiness at work affects my health<br />Being unhappy or stressed at work ...
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />9 I may end up spending most of my waking hours at work – I want to make those hours coun...
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />10 It’s OK to have a bad day at work<br />I can’t be happy at work all day, every day. It...
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />11 I do my best work when I’m happy<br />When I’m happy I’m engaged, motivated, committed...
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />12 There’s no such thing as too much happiness<br />No matter how happy I am, a little mo...
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />13 I recognize that happiness at work also comes from the time NOT spent at work<br />Hol...
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />14 I recognize that happiness at work is different for everyone<br />One person’s dream j...
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />15 Happiness at work is something I create now.<br />Not next month, next quarter or next...
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />16 I recognize that happiness at work doesn’t come from the absence of bad things in the ...
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />17 Happiness at work is infectious – I will be a carrier<br />Unhappiness at work is also...
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />18 I will make others happy at work also<br />It makes no sense to only try and make myse...
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />20 I recognize that sometimes happiness at work can only come from leaving my job<br />Ma...
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />21 Happiness at work ain’t rocket science<br />The things that are necessary to make me h...
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />22 I give to get<br />If I feel that others never appreciate me I will start by appreciat...
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />23 I recognize that a higher salary will not make me happy at work<br />There’s nothing w...
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />24 I recognize that power, status symbols, a corner office or even access to the corporat...
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />25 No five-year plans<br />I can take the journey to happiness at work in small steps. I ...
The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />26 Happiness at work comes from what you and I can do here and now<br />I will get others...
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  1. 1. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />Alexander Kjerulf<br />
  2. 2. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />This manifesto is a declaration of principles and intentions for those of us who have decided, that we want to be happy at work.<br />It’s time we stopped putting up with unhappy workplaces, bad bosses and unpleasant working conditions. Unhappiness at work is not a minor annoyance. It can make us despondent, cynical and negative. Worst case, it makes us sick or kills us.<br />Being happy at work, on the other hand, gives us more energy, drive, fun, good experiences, creativity, productivity and success. That is what we need more of. That is how we will work from now on. With happiness.<br />
  3. 3. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />1 I choose to be happy at work<br />I refuse to work at any job that does not make me happy. It’s that simple. I will wake up in the morning and look forward to work. I will speak proudly to others of the work I do and the people I work with. I will look forward equally to monday morning and friday afternoon.<br />
  4. 4. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />2 I can be happy at work<br />Actually, anyone can. Provided they decide to.<br />
  5. 5. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />3 My happiness at work is my responsibility<br />While my boss, my co-workers, my employees and my workplace all affect my happiness at work, the ultimate responsibility for it is mine and mine alone.<br />
  6. 6. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />4 Knowing what makes me happy or unhappy at work is my responsibility<br />It’s not up to my boss, my co-workers, my employees or my workplace to experiment to find out what it takes to make me happy at work. It’s up to me.<br />
  7. 7. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />5 Letting others know what makes me happy or unhappy at work is my responsibility<br />It’s not up to others to guess, it’s up to me to tell them.<br />
  8. 8. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />6 Something will happen when I do something<br />As long as I sit on my butt and wait for my boss, my co-workers, my employees or my workplace to do something to make me happy, nothing will happen. <br />
  9. 9. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />7 I know that my happiness at work affects my happiness outside of work<br />A really bad day at work is hard to forget when I get home. A great day at work gives me energy for a great afternoon and evening at home. A great work week is the best springboard for a great weekend.<br />
  10. 10. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />8 I know that happiness at work affects my health<br />Being unhappy or stressed at work can make sick, depressed and even kill me. Conversely, being happy at work makes me healthier and stronger mentally and physically.<br />
  11. 11. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />9 I may end up spending most of my waking hours at work – I want to make those hours count<br />I may be spending more time at work than I will on my family, my friends and my hobbies combined. I want those hours to be fun and pleasant. And I want them to contribute to something meaningful.<br />
  12. 12. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />10 It’s OK to have a bad day at work<br />I can’t be happy at work all day, every day. It’s always OK to have a bad day at work. A bad week, month or year is not OK.<br />
  13. 13. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />11 I do my best work when I’m happy<br />When I’m happy I’m engaged, motivated, committed, more creative, less risk-averse, more service-minded and more productive.<br />
  14. 14. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />12 There’s no such thing as too much happiness<br />No matter how happy I am, a little more never hurts.<br />
  15. 15. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />13 I recognize that happiness at work also comes from the time NOT spent at work<br />Holidays, weekends, days and other tim away from work give me time to reflect and relax. It gives me new input and ideas. A life spent almost exclusively at work is LESS likely to make me happy.<br />
  16. 16. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />14 I recognize that happiness at work is different for everyone<br />One person’s dream job is another’s living hell. The things that make me happy at work may be a terrible experience for many other people.<br />
  17. 17. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />15 Happiness at work is something I create now.<br />Not next month, next quarter or next year. You’re happy now – or never.<br />
  18. 18. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />16 I recognize that happiness at work doesn’t come from the absence of bad things in the workplace<br />All workplaces can have unpleasant people, too much work, demanding customers, stress, red tape and other idiosyncracies and annoyances. Though we strive to minimize these, I won’t wait to be happy at work until all of these have been eliminated. If I did wait, I would never be happy.<br />
  19. 19. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />17 Happiness at work is infectious – I will be a carrier<br />Unhappiness at work is also contagious – but it’s no fun to pass on that particular virus.<br />
  20. 20. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />18 I will make others happy at work also<br />It makes no sense to only try and make myself happy. Because happiness is contagious, I would quickly lose my happiness if I were the only happy one.<br />
  21. 21. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />20 I recognize that sometimes happiness at work can only come from leaving my job<br />Maybe I can become happy in my current job. Maybe the only way to happiness at work is to find a new job. If that’s what it takes, then that’s what I’ll do.<br />
  22. 22. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />21 Happiness at work ain’t rocket science<br />The things that are necessary to make me happy at work are really simple and can easily be brought into almost any workplace. Recognition. A positive attitude. Learning and growing. Sharing decisions. Openness.<br />
  23. 23. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />22 I give to get<br />If I feel that others never appreciate me I will start by appreciating them. If others never listen, I will listen to them. I will set a good example, and give to get.<br />
  24. 24. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />23 I recognize that a higher salary will not make me happy at work<br />There’s nothing wrong with getting paid a lot of money. I just don’t expect it to make me happy at work.<br />
  25. 25. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />24 I recognize that power, status symbols, a corner office or even access to the corporate jet won’t make me happy at work<br />It feels good at first, sure, but the thrill quickly fades and it can never compensate for a bad work experience.<br />
  26. 26. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />25 No five-year plans<br />I can take the journey to happiness at work in small steps. I will pick the low-hanging fruit first and focus on what is easy, fast and fun to do.<br />
  27. 27. The Happy At Work Manifesto<br />26 Happiness at work comes from what you and I can do here and now<br />I will get others involved and I will start now.<br />
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