Jul 15, 2019
What does happiness at work feel like for you? I ask that because if you are a marketer in face-to-face marketing, our hours can be demanding, sometimes even grueling. Whether you are new or experienced-doing trade shows gives joy to many people. And for the lucky ones-you not only like doing it-you love it.
I had an experience filled with joy that made me think of happiness and why culture combined with passion makes a great place to work and yes-even happiness. We are working on a project requiring us to gather pet photos. In a brainstorming the creative around what we wanted to share-our designer Phoebe had the bold idea of emailing our entire company and asking for photos.
Imagine receiving an email that said “send us your pet photos-in the next 30 minutes”! There had to be a time limit, both to encourage people to take action and also so the project could be completed. Within only a few minutes sending that message, photos started flooding our inboxes. Phoebe and I were screen sharing and looking at each photo, laughing and commenting on how many pets our wonderful Exhibitus family has. In just 30 minutes we had well over 90 photos…and counting. There were cats, dogs, a bunny and even a hedgehog.
How does this relate to happiness? In that moment of joy looking at the lives of people I work with, some of whom I hadn’t met personally, I was awe struck. Without hesitation, the entire company mobilized and sent their photos. Even people who were out of the office in transit, stopped, and sent in photos.
And…in a small way, seeing a glimpse of people’s lives, the passion shared for pets, our company people and ultimately the client we were doing this for, it was pure joy.
Now back to the question-what does happiness look like for you? Do you feel joy in your work? If the answer is yes-that is awesome!! But if you wonder-would my company and employees drop everything and respond en-masse or mobilize the way I described here for a worthy cause-and you are unsure, it is time to open the door and create your own blissful experience at work.
Five Ways To Create Joy in Your Career
As you listened today, was there an aha moment? Here is your chance to take action. I recently read a suggestion of keeping a note pad for a week and writing down what you love and what you don’t on paper. At the end of the week-take stock and move towards the things that you found inspiring, that will move your needle forward to that future you imagine.
It is my sincere hope that you really love what you do. This podcast is dedicated to lifting you up and empower you to be bold and dream big. If you have a great story to share like the one I did here-reach out to me at Rock Your trade Show. I am always grateful to hear from you and offer tips and advice.
Credits: As always, a big thanks to Christy Haussler at Team Podcastfor editing this episode!