If I’m getting paid, I shouldn’t be having fun, right?
If you’re messing about instead of doing the work you’re getting paid for that’s a bit of a cheek, isn’t it? But what if you’re enjoying yourself AND producing the results? Or even better, enjoying the very act of producing the results – I don’t think anybody would begrudge paying you then, would they!
In the West, we somehow developed this idea that in order to get paid we are supposed to make a sacrifice, something we grind out just for the money, something we wouldn’t otherwise choose to do. But does it have to be that way?
In fact, according to Enjoyment Performance Theory, we actually perform better when we’re having fun! Because we like doing the task, we do it more, and with more commitment – and thus we get better at it. What that means is that employers and customers get better work out of us if we’re enjoying doing what they are paying us for – a real win-win.
If you think about your purchase choices over the years, given a choice between a vendor who obviously loves his work or his product, and one who is only in it for the money, how many times have you plumped for the grumpy money-driven supplier?
We all intuitively know that it’s better to deal with happy people who are enjoying their work – so why on earth would you think that you need to be miserable at yours to justify your pay?
How can you bring your Joyful Genius to work this week?