What would make you happier at your job? It's a school assignment, please answer!

  • commoncoll

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    Feb 03, 2011 8:22 PM GMT
    It's a study on what would make workers happy. Please give me suggestions that can be implemented in a profit seeking environment. This does not include job security and financial rewards and safety. I mean about the work-place environment and social relationships between workers and clients.
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    Feb 03, 2011 8:23 PM GMT
    Let me have even one meal and go to the bathroom more than once in a 12-14 hour shift. I would be a lot happier.
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    Feb 03, 2011 8:23 PM GMT
    I think they should incorporate siesta into North American workplaces. No joke.
  • commoncoll

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    Feb 03, 2011 8:52 PM GMT
    carminea saidLet me have even one meal and go to the bathroom more than once in a 12-14 hour shift. I would be a lot happier.

    What do you do?
  • commoncoll

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    Feb 03, 2011 8:53 PM GMT
    Vancouverite2004 saidI think they should incorporate siesta into North American workplaces. No joke.

    Yes, I agree. But I am having trouble justifying that instead of saying nap during your lunch break.
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    Feb 03, 2011 9:47 PM GMT
    I think most of the people I have worked with (though not necessarily this crowd) would say "on-site day care." I'd say on-site or nearby gym facilities.

    Windows and natural sunlight are something that seems small, but become a huge issue after a few years.

    Some things may be applicable to one kind of workplace, but not another. For example, young technical workers in some fields often basically live at work. They're often expected to put in 16-hour days and sometimes get stuck working on projects that might go 72 or 96 hours straight. A lounge with couches where you can grab a nap, showers (good for bike commuters too!) and maybe some google-style diversions are necessities, not perks.

    But those things might not be appropriate in a factory where everyone has to work in synch on shift. When I was a kid in the 60's, my Dad worked at a family-owned smelter that had a golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts, etc. in a 100-acre park out back. Workers could use it before or after their shifts, and families could use it any time. I had my own security badge so I could get into the plant and go to the pool. Dad could come out for a few minutes on his lunch break (but didn't usually - those guys got FILTHY on-shift.)

    Then the company had an IPO and promptly suffered a hostile takeover by a multinational. The new owners bulldozed the whole park area - the concept was foreign to them. Years later, they did end up paying all my college expenses through a scholarship program. That was pretty cool, although the job probably killed Dad at least 20 years before his time.
  • Midas426

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    Feb 03, 2011 10:06 PM GMT
    commoncoll said
    Vancouverite2004 saidI think they should incorporate siesta into North American workplaces. No joke.

    Yes, I agree. But I am having trouble justifying that instead of saying nap during your lunch break.
    Well at times you usually need a nap after your lunch break. I wish American corporations would adopt this practice. All most folks need is a 20-30 minute power nap.
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    Feb 03, 2011 10:16 PM GMT
    In-office fajita bar

    failing that,

    In-office regular bar
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    Feb 03, 2011 11:05 PM GMT
    Mire creative design control. The client doesn't know shit about publication design.
  • commoncoll

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    Feb 03, 2011 11:24 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidI think most of the people I have worked with (though not necessarily this crowd) would say "on-site day care." I'd say on-site or nearby gym facilities.

    Windows and natural sunlight are something that seems small, but become a huge issue after a few years.


    I had not thought about aesthetically pleasing architecture and windows and natural sunlight, thanks!
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    Feb 04, 2011 12:45 AM GMT
    Decrease fire walls
    Permit workers to bring apple computers and software to the office
    Move old people who don't know anything about creativity and computer applications to step aside
    Decrease cubs and incorporate bright colored, collaborative spaces wit comfortable chairs and low walls
    Add bean bags to the work place
    Change the light fixtures
    Create small libraries throughout the office
    Create laptop workstations throughout the office with proper low lighting, and bar stools

    I work for the government, so I'm trying to increase human capital and value. icon_smile.gif
  • Webster666

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    Feb 04, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    Give the work to me, tell me what you want done, then GO AWAY AND LEAVE ME ALONE.
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    Feb 04, 2011 3:09 AM GMT
    A place to take a small nap after lunch.

    Flexible hours - like work 10 hours day for four days and then take the fifth day off.
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    Feb 04, 2011 3:11 AM GMT
    heaters for working in buildings without heat in the winter.
    better quality tools
    being able to be out wud be nice as well.
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Feb 04, 2011 3:32 AM GMT
    What would make me (and anyone else for that matter) happy at work is:

    Recognition and appreciation for a job well done and additional kudos for thinking outside the box.

    A few months back, my brain-damaged employer decided to show their "appreciation" to their sales staff. We had some dress down days (the pic of me in my profile of the sugar cookie on my bicep and the other of me wearing a running suit were taken that week). Here is what my employer "gave back":

    1. We had a day to solve puzzles and play games (juvenile ones at that) for "prizes." There was only one prize given...a $5 gift card to Subway.....

    2. One day was devoted to "hourly prizes" where selected (i.e. the slowest/dumbest) employees received a "gift." The "gifts" included a Hershey's candy bar, a bottle of soap bubbles with a wand and the previous Sunday's coupon section from the Orlando newspaper (serious here).

    3. The "main event" was at the end of the week where each employee received a Rice Krispies bar with a pre-printed, gaggy, rhyming tome that told us how much we are "appreciated."

    Ironically, the company upstairs from where mine is in our building decided to do the same promotion---and during the same week. Here is what their employees came away with:

    1. A catered lunch (from a real caterer too) every day Monday thru Friday

    2. A Mr. Softee ice cream truck was in the parking lot each day to provide free ice cream to their employees.

    3. Each employee of this company received their choice of one gift: An iPod, iPad, Wii set, or a $500 gift card from a department store.

    And their generosity was in full view of those at my company. Makes one feel really appreciated, right???

    Bottom line is: Appreciate your employees in the manner one sees fit, but don't be cheap about it.
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    Feb 04, 2011 4:00 AM GMT
    I'd be happy with my job if i was given APPRECIATION for my hard work, total INDEPENDENCE and FREEDOM creatively and professionally.

    I should be my own boss.
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    Feb 04, 2011 12:00 PM GMT
    Appreciation, fairness in distributing workloads, better communication from my boss, and being able to be as out as I would like.
  • hebrewman

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    Feb 04, 2011 12:10 PM GMT
    as a flight attendant, i would be happy if management realized we were not robots. we need rest and we need food. believe it or not, we can be on duty for as long as 16 hrs and never have a decent meal break. good rest between trips on layovers would help too. we often do not even get 6 hrs sleep, and goes for the pilots too. i firmly believe that if a worked is treated fairly, then the productivity will be better too. southwest seems to have a pretty good handle on this, as does virgin america and most european/asian/mid east carriers.
  • Profire

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    Feb 04, 2011 1:11 PM GMT
    Other studies have shown that people leave jobs because of their work peers and boss instead of the work/pay/facilities/tools/etc.

    We interact with people all day long in the office and if you get a terrible boss or your peers are idiots, than it makes for a stressful work situation. If your boss sucks, than you give up on promotions, raises, recognition, or even the desire to do a good job at your work.

    A good boss/management can make, what others may consider to be pandering, recognition meaningful.

    We have at my office a system where we can recognize people with gift cards.
    We have options beginning at $50 and go up to $1,000 and the employee can choose what kind of gift card they want or even split it up between multiple cards: airline, restaurants, shopping, electronics, etc.
    It is well regarded by everybody and we are encouraged to use it.
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    Feb 04, 2011 1:13 PM GMT
    Having a boss that's not so degrading
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    Feb 04, 2011 3:18 PM GMT
    @ Hebrewman ...
    I feel you mate ....i totally agree with everything you are saying , let me add something ...Better ALLOWANCE for lay-overs , so we don't have to pile ourselves in a crash-pad , and wake up well rested .
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    Feb 04, 2011 3:22 PM GMT
    Double the salary.