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Daniel Goleman: What Makes For a Happy, Productive Workplace?

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Daniel Goleman: What Makes For a Happy, Productive Workplace? by Daniel Goleman

Think about your current work environment, or one from the past. Is the team upbeat and helpful? How do you feel about going to work, and about the work you do? Are you productive and motivated?

Now what if your co-workers are more aggressive and argumentative? How do you feel about going to work? Are you satisfied with your output? Do you give it 100% or phone it in?

Most organizations have a mix of these characteristics. But what tips the scales one way or the other? Can one person make a difference if he’s warm and friendly in a hostile culture?

Emotional Contagion

Each person’s emotional state makes a difference because states are contagious from person to person. Leaders are more effective in spreading states generally, because people naturally put most importance on the most powerful person in the group.

There’s some objective data on this. Vanessa Druskat at the University of New Hampshire studies teams and productivity. She found in many different studies that the most highly productive teams have the greatest harmony and positivity. They like each other, they enjoy doing things with each other. They have fun. Work is play in a sense.

But they can also be tough and honest with each other. They can say, “You know, Joe’s not performing up to his usual today. Sue should take his place.” But you need to be realistic at the same time. They don’t let issues simmer.

It’s not a kind of a “la-la” cordiality. It’s true harmony based on the fact that when they know John and James are having a problem with each other, they choose to talk about it, get it out in the open, and solve it. They don’t let it hold them up because they respect each other.

They do all of these things which overall create a huge force of positivity and cooperation because they’re not pretending to be harmonious. And only a harmonious team can be truly productive.

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Theresa Glomb, Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of Minnesota;

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