Thursday, August 27, 2009

Increase Happiness Quotient to Decrese Worries

Increase happiness quotient to decrease worries

Today’s dire economic condition following all around recession has compelled the world to curtail its resources, which in turn, has proven a peril inviting factor. In the prevailing situation, organizations look for individuals who can work to the best of their ability and produce magnificent results. But, they tend to overlook the fact that people only can bring their best if they are physically and mentally content and joyful.

Everything dazzles on a shiny day, but turns pale in a murky atmosphere. All your endeavours can produce good results when the sailing is smooth. But the torrent of crisis makes them fruitless. It makes you watery and worsens your stance against the constraints. You may feel as if all your endeavours go astray, and your joy is mangled by distressful atmosphere. In such a scenario, it is extremely difficult to sustain balance between delightfulness and distressfulness.

But, it is not that much difficult to tone your thoughts through optimistic approach and stay cool to scatter smile and joy on your face. With controlled mind, it is possible to be happy even during the tough times created by odd circumstances. Conversely, period of crisis is perceived by a many as a blessing as they view such period as a time of bringing people together to put in their best efforts for development and growth collectively.

Difficult times bring in sweeping effects. However, companies can overcome and avoid succumb to the recession and remonstrating financial conditions only by way of innovation and adaptation. As per Dr. Teresa Amabile of Harvard “Creativity is positively associated with joy and love and negativity with anger, fear and anxiety.” Research shows that happy people are, by and large, pragmatic, receptive and also more optimistic. When the employees of an organization contrive agility based on their power of optimism, they always welcome changes. They never resist for changes rather they adopt and make best use of the same. Employees, who possess high degree of happiness quotient, also show excellence in their motivational power. Any sort of want does not cradle them. They are motivated and explore the opportunities in adversity. The gravity of situational doldrums arises out of environmental constraints, financial scarcity, etc., cannot dissuade them. They will always motivate themselves with all their mettle to overcome the obstacles. They are focused and committed to their goals and very keen and eager to put extra efforts to realize them. They settle the problem instead of whining and cursing the luck and lacks. These types of employees take fewer leaves, arouse when confronted with challenges and work beyond the scheduled timings. They do not need much coaching and counseling because they are energized, dedicated and good achievers. When people have abundance of happiness, they automatically mingle with others freely, able to extract work from them, and they extend their co-operation to others.

They are quick learners, their efficiency rate is above par and they take right decisions at right time. They are likely to shoulder all sorts of risks and responsibilities and in the eventuality anything goes wrong, they come forward and accept their mistakes instead of accusing others. In a murky situation, joyful do not alienate them and they seldom scorn others but show their alacrity to find out solutions to come out from the turmoil. By these virtues, they are more loyal, productive and engaged.

Happiness redresses stress and make desultory almost non-existence. Stress invariably increases the awesome despondency which ultimately provokes employees to commit mistakes, reduce productivity and bunk from the duties. The condition of mind under the influence of stress incites the erratic behavior of the employees which causes above syndrome and bring the detrimental effect to the growth both of the individuals and the organization. Employees besmeared with the happiness maintain their composures, take more work load and think and act smartly, which is the need of the hour. They are not at all haughty, on the contrary very deferential type. Moreover, they are salutary and cheerful. Happiness is a precursor to maintain a healthy and competitive working environment. During recession coupled with less working load, it is mostly observed that some employees prefer to saunter and just do nothing except to whistle down the mind. They mar the office environment with their unwanted eloquent talks putting their real personalities into oblivion, start fueling office politics which leads to skirmishes at times. Obviously, this increases stress and rekindles the work milieu. Fortunately, it is not that tough proposition to garner happiness. Any transnational, SME organization can achieve it, provided the management, its employees including managerial staff are determined to fulfill the commitment of tasks. To attain this, there must be a close relationship between the employees and the employers. The allusions of fear of any kind, particularly in the recession period must be allayed from the mind of the employees. The thought proposition of ‘Love your Work’ is to be percolated in the mind of each employee. When they believe this, they will take pride to do the work and their increased happy quotient in this way, will diminish their worries.

Managers and head of respective functions must put their efforts rigorously to keep their flocks of employees together, inform them the real facts and cheer them during recession and awkward situation. The main thrust should be the enforcement of strict discipline without which it is difficult to overcome the peril associated with the recessional working environment. Realistic target is to be set so that they are achievable. If the target by any chance is not possible to achieve, extra time schedule is to be allotted to fulfill the objective of course with a break in between. This strategic decision will increase the motivational power of the employees. They will be satisfied and their satisfaction level will zoom up their happiness which ultimately makes them agile and nimble to achieve the target even with little extra hours of efforts. During uproarious economic condition because of recession, the employees should be always made to feel valued. They must be treated as an asset and they are to be suitably rewarded for their efforts for producing results. Sometimes, if they resort to little bit tittles-tattles, the same should not be condemned very seriously and make the environment monstrous. Because this may endanger the hitherto congenial relationship between the manager and the employee in concern and evoke the stress. As long as the employees are delivering their duties in time, they should not be reprimanded and frowned for chatting with their coworkers. In fact, if employees are allowed to share their thoughts and feelings then the same is the most inexpensive way to improve upon their emotional bonding. Apart from making the work and workplace plausible, some small measures can be adopted to appease the employees so as to increase their happy quotient. Example, if big parties can not be arranged, small get together between the employees camaraderie can help. Then playing online games and sharing success stories of other employees and organisation will dazzle the faces with smile and cheers. All these small but quite effective actions invigorate the employees’ moral which develop their confidence level.

The more the employees are confident, the more their decisive power become steadfast and stern. And the consequence of this state of affairs is the phenomenal growth of the organization. Happiness is all together an attitude of an individual. So the course of actions, enunciated above with periodical motivational pep talk by the top management can help to keep up the happiness levels in employees to the highest level.

Joyfulness is the best medicine which cures all disorders whether physical or mental. It brings normalcy in the state of turmoil. This implies to personal, social and corporate life altogether. A happy employee contributes magnificently to the growth of an organisation. The self-generated natural happiness propels an employee to perform well. If all employees are filled with such cheerfulness, the organization’s growth is surely secured, and they become an asset of an organisation. But for this, a firm has to take necessary initiatives to create a state of happiness among the employees; this, in turn, will ascertain development of the organisation.

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Today’s business scenario is full of challenges. Deadline is to be maintained for most of the activities. Your supervisor will be exerting immense pressure and many a time; will breathe on your neck compelling you to complete the assignment well within the time schedule. You will not like this unprepossessing situation in your working environment. Despite your disliking, you will not dare enough to vent your anger because this is the law prevailing in modern competitive business world. If you are not skilled enough to complete the assignment entrusted to you and produce results in time, you will be simply thrown out of the race. You may be genius having a very bright academic career with affable personality. Also, you maintain very cordial relationship with your customers, but if you are not successful enough to discharge your duties within the stipulated time frame, your all above qualities will be treated as ineffective. The formula of success lies only to maintain the deadline, and this alone will sustain yourself to be in the race. You have to embrace the technique to comply with the stipulation of “deadline syndrome”.

The following are the suggestions to adhere to the deadline of any assignment.

Always set a deadline which is achievable. The deadline should be fixed in such a way that it does not hamper the desired goals envisaged by your employer from the total perspective of business cycle. Of course, a broader view is to be put into the place to squeeze the deadline so that target fulfillment gives confidence and increase the courage level to fix up little more stiff deadlines. But, neither it should stifle you nor your team members.
At times, deadline looks to be so painstaking that it becomes difficult to start even.
In the first instance, make a list of the assignments. Then, the same is to be broken down into different categories, namely…

(a) hardest part of the assignment
(b) assignment which is achievable with little pain and
(c) assignment that can be easily achievable.

After these bifurcations, a time limit is to be prescribed for each of these assignments so as to complete the whole within the time frame. Always start with the hardest / toughest part of the assignment first, because normally that creates much hindrance. I identify the crunch of time resources in the beginning itself to avoid any embarrassing situation at a later stage. And accordingly readjust the time frame within the overall deadline.

Do not forget that the time is the most decisive factor in completing any assignment. So, distraction of focused attention must be avoided during the completion of any assignment.

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The scarcity of resources is to be avoided. To complete the assignment in time, you have to call for adequate resources viz. manpower, money power, technological support, help of experts, if need be. By any chance, if you find any paucity of the resources, bring the same to the notice of the top management so that remedial action can be taken by them immediately. One thing is very sure; there are two aspects, namely time and resources to complete any assignment within the deadline. If one is not adequate, you have to balance the same by bringing in more of the others.
You have to charge yourself and inculcate the same behavioural antecedents to your team members so that each of them is determined to finish the assignment within the deadline. You have to be totally involved, set the challenges and make yourself dedicated to achieve the desired results.
To maintain the deadline, you have to delegate the responsibilities. Then you start to monitor the same. The total assignment is to be distributed to your various team members and you have to solve their problems then and there without any quick fix solution. Any temporary solution will diminish the completion cycle of the total assignment within the stipulated time and the team members will lose their enthusiasm. You must remember that your team members are equally under tremendous pressure, and so, any directionless decision will de-energize their activities. Instead of their getting motivated, they will be under stress. Further, this will drift them away from the required focused attention, which is the essence to complete the assignment within the deadline.
Communication tools and channel, from start to end, is very vital to avoid any lapses; because mistakes call for enormous corrections and lead to delay. You have to make your team members crystal clear about the expectations. You also have to ensure that they understand the nitty-gritty of the assignment. Information, datas, facts and figures, whenever required, must be provided to them so that completion of the assignment is hassles free. If the beginning starts through turmoil condition with less clarity, definitely the assignment will not be completed in time. You have to constantly keep in touch with your team members to know the latest status, provide them updated information, and apprise them the last moment changes of the deadline, if any. From time to time, you have to closely monitor their progress which is beneficial for all, because they will get time to reshuffle their activities, if need be, with a whole object to complete the assignment within the deadline.
You should not be pernickety when you face challenges to complete any assignment within the deadline. There is no need of immaculate perfection because when you are constrained to achieve the deadline, you have to have a rational approach. You have to give your best and allow others to follow your steps.

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In today’s competitive business environment, you must ensure to adopt two pronged strategies – one is your ability to finish with quality work and the other one is your capability to manage and supply the quality work within the deadline. No doubt, the deadline is heart beating and increasing your stress level, but if you are calm and composed and continue to strive for the best to improve upon the deadline, you will be treated as marvelous achiever.

Hence deadline is blessed in disguise only, if you know how to invigorate yourself and your team members. This could be an opportunity to demonstrate your unflappable professionalism, and people / customers will depend on you for your this ability to provide quality and timely work.