It is commonly thought that a happy workplace is a productive workplace, but is this really true? Emotions certainly affect how we approach our work and positive emotions are not problematic on their own. Yet, just like how negative emotions can stifle our motivation to approach problems, so can positive emotions stifle our willingness to see those problems in the first place, if we’re not careful.
In her article in The
Examiner, Jan Aylesworth outlines how being too happy when arriving to work
can result in its own set of problems such as overconfidence, unwillingness to
deal with problems that will lower your emotional state, and overestimate our
own value. Being aware of the dangers helps to minimise them, but what should
we expect from workplaces if not happiness? Perhaps the answer is to seek
satisfaction instead: this would avoid the dangers while also meaning that
dealing with problems results in satisfaction and ultimately, happiness.