Our guest today is Karl Staib of Work Happy Now. Karl and I became friends a few months ago. I've never seen anyone as passionate and caring as he is about helping others become happy in their workplace!
With Karl's insight and wisdom you can change 40 hours of your life per week!
When you do become happier at work it would effect the rest of your waking hours and you sure would sleep better as well.
Who wouldn't want to accomplish that?
Taken from Karl's blog:
Enjoy the Process
"Three simple words that will change your working life. Your work happiness belongs in your hands. That’s what Work Happy Now is all about – Helping companies create an environment that helps people enjoy the process of their work."
The Work Happy Now! blog gives tips, advice and stories that help any employee or CEO improve their work environment. Visit Work Happy Now and sign up for his free e-book. Begin changing your state of mind today!I hope you enjoy Karl's wisdom as much as I do!
Local Grocery Store's Happiest Employee
When you focus on something a lot, the concepts go with you everywhere. I’m so focused on work happiness that every store, contractor and co-worker makes me think about whether I would hire them for my business.
I was in my local HEB (Grocery store chain in Texas), waiting for my turn to check out. The lady at the check out counter was wearing this big smile. And I mean big. She was scanning the items of a dirty guy who looked homeless. He didn’t smell terrible, but he was definitely down on his luck.
“How are you today?” the lady asked the dirty guy.
He just mumbled.
“Are you having a tough day?”
“Yeah, I was thrown out of my apartment.”
“Ah, that’s awful. So what are you going to do?”
“I’m staying with family for a little while.”
“Nice to have family.”
I mean this guy was grumpy. He didn’t look like he wanted to talk to anyone, but this lady with a smile and compassion just warmed him up.
Attitude Trumps Skill Every Time
Her attitude was amazing.
I thought she was at the beginning of her shift, so I asked her how much longer she had. She told me that her shift was over in an hour.
I wanted to hire her for my business.
This woman kept people smiling. She even took the time to compliment the bagger.
This is why attitude is more important than skill. I wish all companies tested for attitude instead of just looking for how much experience a potential employee had.
Some days it’s hard to find a positive attitude, but believe me it’s worth looking for. It makes the work more enjoyable and the people around you have more fun. It’s this attitude that spurs the people to add a little pep in their step.
Next time you are having a rough day at work, ask someone how they are doing, empathize with them and watch how it makes you feel. You’ll love the results.
How have you used empathy to connect with a co-worker or friend?
Would you hire someone based on attitude even if you had to teach them all the skills to do the job?
Karl Staib writes about unlocking and kicking open the door to working happy at his own blog: Work Happy Now! If you enjoyed this article, you may like to subscribe to his feed , follow him on Twitter or read one of his most popular articles, Creating A Project Ritual to Encourage Happiness.