Thursday, September 26, 2013


When we were young we all heard the clichéd question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” At the time, the answer may have seemed obvious: a doctor, businesswoman, or maybe even an astronaut. But as graduation approaches, the search for that one “Dream Job” seems less set in stone. Among recent graduates, 41 percent are unemployed and over half are working a job outside of their field of study. It seems as though the “Dream Job” is more unattainable than ever. However, there is hope for everyone: the “Dream Job” isn’t simply what you do at work. Happiness at work depends just as heavily on the environment you work in as the job title you have. Many graduates focus so heavily on that “Dream Job” that they ignore how they would work best.

work.Happy® is a philosophy that focuses on interpersonal relationships at work that allow anyone to have a “Dream Job.” Happiness at work mostly depends on how you interact with those around you. We spend the majority of our lives at work, and yet many complain that work makes them miserable. Through the work.Happy® philosophy, employees can learn how to change this. work.Happy® utilizes seven principles—Respect, Support, Recognition, Dreams, Creativity, Balance and Growth—to foster a positive work environment. These values guide everyone's behavior in the workplace, from the executive manager to the intern. They act to ensure that employees treat each other with respect and help each other to grow as an employee, achieve their personal goals, and in turn help the organization grow. Being happy in a work environment can vastly affect how you feel about your job.

It may seem difficult to imagine changing the attitudes and ideas people have toward each other in the workplace, especially as an entry-level employee. As you graduate, however, it's important to keep in mind that your own behavior in the workplace will set the tone for others. A work.Happy® workplace is not created by a manager alone, it depends on everybody's attitude, including your own. We've all heard the Golden Rule: “Treat people the way you want to be treated.” But it's more important to follow The Platinum Rule: “Treat people the way they want to be treated.” When you enter the workplace, be attentive to your fellow employees. Get to know their interests, skills and personal goals. Ask them how they work best, and respect their needs and differences. Help them to learn skills that you specialize in and they'll help you in return. It takes an individual commitment from everyone to create a happy workplace, and fostering these relationships is the key to enjoying work. work.Happy® allows everyone to have a “Dream Job” no matter what they do.

To learn more about the work.Happy® philosophy, visit and read “It Takes Work to be Happy,” by Anderson School of Management graduate Terri Giron-Gordon.

Celine Gordon is a graphic designer at GenQuest, Inc. and an Art History and Architecture student at Barnard College in New York City. It Takes Work to be Happy was her first book design.

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