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In the whirlwind of our daily lives, the mantra often becomes “work, repeat,” overshadowing other important aspects of our lives, such as “eat” and “sleep.”

This cycle, often marred by stress, disengagement, and a lack of fulfilment, calls for evaluating our relationship with work.

Understanding and implementing strategies that introduce joy and satisfaction into our workdays not only benefits our well-being but also boosts productivity and creativity.

The insights gathered from The Joy of Work by Bruce Daisley pave the way for a more engaged, healthier, and fulfilling professional life.



Three Key Insights for Bringing Joy into the Workplace

Productivity Boost from Happiness

Studies have shown that happier employees are 22% more productive. A positive work environment not only elevates morale but directly impacts the output and quality of work, highlighting the intrinsic link between employee well-being and business performance.

Stress Diminishes Creativity

Workplace unhappiness, marked by high stress levels and burnout, not only harms health and productivity but also significantly diminishes creativity. This environment fosters a culture of risk aversion, where innovation is stifled, and there’s a preference for ‘playing it safe’ over exploring new ideas.

Connectivity Leads to ‘Hurry Sickness’

In today’s digital age, the relentless pace and distractions of constant connectivity contribute to “hurry sickness,” a state of perpetual urgency and anxiety. This leaves employees feeling exhausted and disconnected, not just from their work but also from their colleagues, undermining the sense of team unity and personal job satisfaction.



Three Practical Steps to Make Your Workplace More Joyful

Implement Digital Detox Strategies

To combat the effects of constant connectivity, simple yet effective measures include turning off email notifications and scheduling specific times to check emails. This helps reduce distractions and allows for a deeper focus on tasks.

Promote Physical and Social Well-being

Encourage employees to take real lunch breaks away from their desks, preferably with colleagues, and to participate in walking meetings. These practices not only foster social connections and improve team dynamics but also contribute to physical health and mental clarity.

Advocate for Flexible Working Hours

Support the initiative for shorter work hours and the importance of maintaining work-free weekends. Such structural changes are instrumental in achieving a healthier work-life balance, enhancing job satisfaction, and ultimately leading to a more engaged and productive workforce.




Words of advice from those who have lived it

“I started to realise that the culture of a place is not simply down to the bosses, It’s the responsibility of everyone. All of us can play a part in making a workplace welcoming and rewarding.” – Bruce Daisley

“Implementing changes to create a happier workplace has really paid off for us. Simply getting everyone to step away from their desks for actual lunch breaks and having more face-to-face chats instead of endless email chains has made a huge difference in boosting morale.” – Alex Rivera, HR Manager



This blog was inspired by the book ‘The Joy of Work’ written by Bruce Daisley. For more nuggets of insight and action on rediscovering the joy of work, check out our exclusive Meet The Author session with Bruce Daisley.

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