I guess I've always known it – engagement at work is about the people. So much so, that people value the friends they work with above almost any other perk an employer can offer.
A new book called 'The Happiness Equation' tells us more about this, delving in to the types of rewards we get by enjoying the company of the people we work with.
In fact, the author's economists have been so bold as to say that having a good friend at work is comparable with having a $100,000 pay rise. Simon Wright, I love you bro... but I'm pretty sure I'd sell you to a client for that much.
Despite my loyalty's susceptibility to a good offer, the philosophy still rings true for me. In my role I get non-stop requests from people and it's nice to feel that I'm not just earning a paycheque, but really I'm helping out friends when I pull out all the stops to do a good job.
And when the pressure gets hot, on a pitch or on a project with a deadline biting down, knowing that people genuinely have your back can make the difference between nailing a project and losing your rag. I remember one pitch where we worked in a hotel until the small hours of the morning – although mentally grueling, the fact that our Head of Strategy kept breaking in to 'The Vengabus' gave me an outlet for my stress. At regular intervals. In a way that really sticks in your head.
Neil Pasricha is something of a joy obsessive; you may recall his exhaustively optimistic blog, 1000 Awesome Things. Lately, the Toronto-based author has turned his attention to how we achieve happiness, and his upcoming book, The Happiness Equation, dedicates a fair amount of ink to career satisfaction. “The work environment is so competitive and challenging now that we have to do more with fewer resources,” he says. “And all the things that we know make us happy — walking the dog, listening to music, meditating — we don’t spend any time doing.” The idea of an office as a social hub is not new: The first of Pasricha’s “Four S’s of Work” is “social.” “It’s what adds richness to our days,” he writes.