Workplace Recognition and Incentive Programs

Do you have eudaimonia?

How serious is it and is it contagious? 

Don’t worry. If you have it, you have something good. If it is found in your workplace culture, all the better!

AristotleThe ancient Greek philosophy of eudaimonia was founded by Aristotle and is based on the view that the source of happiness is internal and cultivated by living a worthwhile life. To eudaimonists, happiness is found in activities that draw on the individual’s talents and challenge abilities, from acts that benefit others and by following principles and virtues.

Now doesn’t that sound like something you should have? Want to have it in your work culture?

In your personal life it can refer to happiness but more appropriately happiness is part of the eudaimon life, having a sense of well-being and prosperity, living virtuously.

So, how does this apply to work culture? The real question is what sort of culture do you have at your workplace: the dog-eat-dog type, attitude of indifference or a sled-dog team (one of connection)? In connection cultures people experience eudaimonia because they feel connected to the organizational identity: its mission, vision, values and goals. People are connected to their friends, supervisors and to their function within the organization because it fits their talents and abilities and provides challenge they find engaging and worthwhile.

This feeling of connectedness is extremely powerful and feeds our dreams, keeps hope alive and disciplines our conscience. We deeply wish to be respected and to be recognized for our talents, to belong to something greater than ourselves and to have autonomy and control over our work, all the while experiencing personal growth. That is eudaimonia! If the workplace can provide that connected culture, then you have employees who are fully engaged in the efforts of the organization. When we work in an environment that recognizes these realities, we thrive: innovate, inspire and perform at high levels.

It motivates us internally to know our work is worthwhile and is respected by our peers and leaders. In some ways, it is motivating to be around other people who share our belief that our work is important. To the extent that this meets the basic human needs of a eudaimon life, we feel connected to the group and by extension the company.

The question remains; do you have eudaimonia? Do you have a connected culture in your workplace? It is incumbent upon companies to create an environment that fosters our ability to meet these human needs. It creates the type of environment where people are more open to collaboration, problem solving and it improves decision making. Given the right situation it is contagious; it will spread as people realize they can fulfill these basic needs and gain well-being and prosperity.

Connection among people improves performance in an organization and creates a new source of competitive advantage.

For help creating a connected culture, contact us.