Welcome to The Monday Morning Employee Engagement Percolator #1.
The purpose of this feature is to give you an overview and ideas from a personal engagement source. The sources will range from blogs to books.
Our first Monday’s resource is from Alexander Kjerulf. He has written a book entitled: Happy Hour is 9 to 5: Learn how to Love Your Job, Love Your Life and Kick Butt at Work.
The link I encourage you to visit is Chapter 11: Make a Happy Plan. In the United States Chapter 11 involves filing for bankruptcy but Kjerulf’s Chapter 11 is about planning for a rich work life based on happiness.
His chapter begins with a quotation from Arnold J. Toynbee:
Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: First, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.
Alexander outlines the usual traps of plans and suggest that our plan be fun rather than ambitious, embrace one small thing a day, follow up without pressure, celebrate results, and share what we do. Make your happy plan fast , easy, and fun.
I encourage you to visit the chapter to create your happy plan. You may want to read the whole book to experience Happy Hour from 9 to 5.
If you find the book helpful and enjoy what you read, I suggest you follow Alexander’s blog at: www.positivesharing.com. I enjoyed his current collection of quotations on fun at work. Here is one from Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of IKEA:
Work should always be fun for all colleagues. We all only have one life. A third of life is work. Without desire and fun, work becomes hell.
- Read the chapter.
- Follow the suggestions.
- Plan to be happy and be happy with your plan.