Happiness traps: how we sabotage ourselves at work

Happiness traps: how we sabotage ourselves at work

Author: 
McKee, Annie
Publisher: 
Harvard Business School Press
Date published: 
2017
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Journal Title: 
Harvard Business Review
Source: 
Harvard Business Review, Vol. 95, No. 5, September-October 2017, pp. 66-73
Abstract: 

Several 'traps' can compromise an individual's job satisfaction. The ambition trap drives a single-minded concentration on winning. The 'should' trap is a mindset in which a person does what is expected rather than what he or she wants to do. The overwork trap leads to stress. Emotional intelligence can help workers identify which trap they are in, then they can engage in three known processes that increase career satisfaction: meaningful and purposeful work, optimism drawn from a personal vision, and workplace friendships, from which individuals obtain social and professional support. Happiness at work generates overall benefits including energy, creativity, adaptability, and mental acuity.

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CITATION: McKee, Annie. Happiness traps: how we sabotage ourselves at work . : Harvard Business School Press , 2017. Harvard Business Review, Vol. 95, No. 5, September-October 2017, pp. 66-73 - Available at: http://library.au.int/happiness-traps-how-we-sabotage-ourselves-work