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Secrets from the World’s Happiest Workplace

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 30, 2012

Icelanders are more than twice as happy as Americans. Here’s what your business can learn from them.
It’s a well-known fact that happy workers are more productive than miserable ones. Unfortunately, far from being happy, many workers (especially in the U.S.) are stressed to the breaking point.

How can managers create a work environment that generates happier (and therefore more productive) workers? One answer is to imitate Iceland.

Why Iceland? Turns out that Iceland is one of the happiest countries on earth. Almost three-quarters of Icelanders consider themselves “content,” as opposed to only a third of people living in North America.

And that’s pretty impressive when you consider that Iceland has some of the worst weather on the planet, is dark all day for half the year, has more-than-occasional volcanic eruptions, and experienced a financial meltdown far worse than the one in the U.S.

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With that in mind, here are four tips:

1. Create a Community

In U.S. businesses, success is frequently seen as a purely individual achievement, often at the expense of others. In Iceland, however, conditions are so challenging that there’s no surviving (much less thriving) without the help of those around you.

In Iceland, sure, you can achieve success, but only if you’re part of something greater than your little selfish self. Communities, and goals that are mutual rather than individual, make people feel more connected and therefore more happy.

2. Encourage Broad Interests

In the U.S., it’s considered unprofessional even to have a hobby, much less multiple interests. (“What? You’ve time for that?”) In Iceland, people are proud to publicly play multiple roles and talents. The mayor of the capital city, Reykjavik, for instance, is also known as an actor, a comedian, and a rock musician. Read the rest of this entry »

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