Is it possible to have joy in the workplace? I believe so, in fact, as Christians God hopes so. Here are some things to consider.
Did you know?
- In the US, working adults spend a significant percentage of their waking hours working. Of the 43.6% of adults that work, the average hours per day is 8.21. (For men it is 8.66 and women it is 7.67 hours.) American Time Use Survey (2017) https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/atus.pdf
- 33 percent of workers are engaged in their jobs, 49 percent are not engaged, and 18 percent are actively disengaged. (US and Canada – Gallup Study)
- The Gallup Organization defines the categories as follows:
- Engaged employees work with passion and feel a profound connection to their company. They drive innovation and move the organization forward.
- Non-engaged employees have essentially “checked out.” They sleepwalk through workdays, They put in time but don’t approach their work with energy or passion.
- Actively disengaged employees aren’t just unhappy at work; they’re busy acting out their unhappiness. Every day,, these workers undermine what engaged co-workers accomplish. (https://news.gallup.com/poll/165269/worldwide-employees-engaged-work.aspx)
- Employees who use their strengths, skills, and abilities every day are 6x more likely to be engaged at work, 8% more productive, and 15% less likely to leave their jobs. (Gallup)
What is the difference between Joy and Happiness?
- Happiness relates to what is happening outside – externally – and centers on me
- Joy comes from inside – internally – and connects with something outside of me
Resources: Yale Center for Faith and Culture – Theology of Joy and the Good Life project and videos: What is Joy? and Difference between Joy and Happiness
Faith and Joy
- Faith anchors our life in something outside ourselves – God.
- Living a life of joy recognizes faith as a living relationship with God and opens one’s self up to God’s activity around and through us.
- We are created to be relationally connected.
- We find purpose when we have meaningful work to do.
- We find joy when we use the gifts God had created us with.
As you work tomorrow, be it caring for your kids or engaging in a business deal, think about joy, engagement, and God’s desire for you to be relationally connected and to share your particular gifts with others.