What is special about the privilege of staying home and telecommuting? The truth is that there may be a problem. There is a need deep, penetrating to connect with people on a daily basis. Working at home can be convenient in terms of convenience and flexibility, but does little to feel connected with others in the flesh. There is something about the structure of traveling to a place where there are others to share a workspace, and interact on a social basis, which is highly significant. That knowledge in itself gives you an edge on making their work more meaningful and enjoyable.
Another factor in happiness at work has to do with the battle against the routine. The old Hawthorne studies done at the Western Electric Company in Cicero, Illinois, in the 1920’s gave birth to what is known as the Hawthorne effect: not the kind of changes in the workplace that lead to increased productivity, but rather the actual process itself change. For example, if you increase the illumination of lighting or decrease, productivity will increase, at least for a while. It is the illumination that makes the difference. What really causes the increase in productivity is the attention that comes with change – change. The social factor of more and more attention is much greater than any physical factor.
The foremost factor is the sense of belonging. The meaning comes from the feeling that we participate in an important role in the mission of the organization. This meaning comes from around us – our bosses and coworkers. If we feel that they value our contribution, then the effect is assured. How to communicate to the boss? Conventionally, in the form of detailed comments and support, occasional notes of appreciation for jobs well done, public comments on the assessment of our efforts. A more subtle level, there are private comments or mention in a note to go to a third party.
Feedback from colleagues is much more complex. The issues of competition, jealousy, the sociology of spin-offs in small groups, and so on, always in the air. What filters through all the comments on this vid gives a positive or negative sense, there is little middle ground. For the most part, we expect a positive feeling if we are doing our job and not hurt anyone in the process. Personality differences are what they are, it is not unusual for a person or group to start to form an opinion about someone, you can call attention to himself, or herself, sometimes without any bad reason, for example, are especially handsome or more work than most.
That’s where the “best friend at work” dynamics plays an important role. A good friend will keep you informed of any emerging rumor that can hurt, he stays abreast of the latest political developments which may affect, and hear his side of inadvertent conflict in which you can be part. That best friend is like an insurance policy against being ostracized. This is a bumper protection in his career arc as they face unexpected challenges.