Happiness at Work

Emma De Vita reviews Jessica Pryce-Jones' guide to workplace joy

Consultant Jessica Pryce-Jones really, really wants you to be happy.

She might have your personal wellbeing at heart, but your boss will probably be more interested in the 30 per cent extra work that happy employees have been shown to do.

Happiness at Work explains how being happy can "maximise your performance and achieve your potential" according to five Cs: contribution, conviction, culture, commitment and confidence. Nail these, and third sector management nirvana will be yours.

Pryce-Jones admits that she has encountered scepticism in the boardroom when arguing that the woolly concept of happiness can have a positive effect on the bottom line. But it seems her research speaks for itself, and she's certainly spoken to a lot of people, from journalism students to a former Indian foreign minister.

So what's the trick to being happy at work? "The easiest place to start is being more mindful and aware of your situation," Pryce-Jones writes. "That is the first step towards understanding that, although work can't 'make' you happy, you can make yourself happier at work." Looks like Bobby McFerrin had it right all along - Don't Worry, Be Happy.

Emma De Vita, books editor of Management Today

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