For some, talking about joy in your work might sound corny or might not seem important, but I believe it is something we should all consider. Here’s why:
Think about a highly functioning sports team – when they reach a goal or win, they express joy, right? They display camaraderie and often when there is a touchdown or other goal, they dance, hug, or at least share a high-five. There is a connection between them, a bond – and this shared joyful experience propels them to achieve even more.
As project managers when we bring joy to our teams and projects, we create camaraderie and connections too. Our projects are more successful, we create environments where questions are welcomed and challenges become something the team tackles and overcomes together. Creativity flourishes in these environments. As a team incorporating joy in our daily tasks, we appreciate our work more. Teams doing this build a foundation for success.
Sometimes it is hard to spread joy, but joy can change culture. An environment where there is joy also appreciates and fosters generosity. It is proven that safety and quality improve when there is joy in the workplace. Joyful staff appreciate the meaning in what they are doing. Teams thrive instead of just persevere in cultures where joy and generosity abound.
Maybe someone reading this blog is skeptical that joy can do these things, but after many years in the workforce I believe joy leads to excellence and enables teams and companies to be more resilient in the face of constant change. I'd way rather work in a place of joy, wouldn't you?
Let me know what you think about this and how you experience joy in your work!