- Have employees post their own RAK on a page or board
- Have employees post RAK they witness other employees doing
- Choose something nice every month/quarter/year for all employees to do as a company.
- Have employees help think of way to do RAK for customers. Many companies have started doing this, from airlines to soda companies to coffee giants.
Success is not the key to happiness. It’s the other way around. The happiest people do the best work and achieve greater success. While companies often focus on what makes people happy in their jobs, though, they aren’t asking what makes people happy in their lives. Shawn Achor, who wrote “The Happiness Advantage,” identifies qualities that make people happy to their core – not just in business – and these things have a profound effect on their professional lives. The happier the person, the more he or she thrives at work. This affects productivity, creativity, attitude, cooperation, and willingness to do more than expected. Let’s look at just a few of the tips Achor offers and how you can adopt them into a workday: 1. Meditation. Achor is not the first person to tout the positive effects of meditation. It has been shown to counteract the effects of stress, lower stress in general, improve the immune system, improve sleep, and boost energy levels. A person need only meditate 5 minutes at a time to experience benefits. Longer sessions will be more effective, of course. Even a short session of mindful breathing will leave a person feeling increased awareness, empathy, and contentment. Long-term mediation will actually rewire the brain for more happiness, less stress, and stronger health. So how do you mix meditation into the work environment? Many successful companies do so through free mediation (and sometimes yoga) classes and/or meditation rooms. Some companies that make meditating accessible to its employees: Apple, Google, Nike, HBO, Procter & Gamble, McKinsey & Co., and Prentice Hall Publishing. 2. Random acts of kindness (RAK). If you’ve ever given an unexpected gift or helped a friend in need, you know it feels good to give. Altruism actually enhances mental health and decreases stress. Debbie Tenzer, author of “Do One Nice Thing,” says that people are wired to feel pleasure when they’re generous. There are many ways you can promote altruism in your employees: