35 years. According to studies, that’s the average amount of years people spend at work in most of the European countries. In USA the number is even higher. When you dive into these numbers, you can find some interesting statics. Management Today showed that we spend a year of our lives in useless meetings. Jordan Weissman calculated based on McKinsey’s study, that we spend 650 hour per year spending and reading emails. We spend more time at work than with our partners, on holidays or eating. Work plays such a big part in our lives that it creates inevitable causality: if your job is making you unhappy, it will make your whole life unhappy.

“The line between work and free time is getting thinner than ever.”

In a historical perspective happiness is a new thing although people have been working throughout the centuries. If the work provided you bread and – for the most successful workers – even some butter, you were satisfied. But what about now? When you look at work today and what people are expecting from it, you can see how far we have reached. The line between work and free time is getting thinner than ever. One could even say that this line does not exist anymore. People seek the same fulfillment of their work as they do of their free time. We want to spend time with people who share similar dedication and mindset as us. And most importantly: we want to be happy at work. Researches show that younger the workers, the stronger is their desire for a strong purpose that job provides.

But. And this is a big but. Work can’t create happiness if the way of working is full of things that cause unhappiness. Usually the problems are quite universal: noise, constant interruptions, unclear rules and lack of control. These are the main reasons causing unhappiness. At the end of the day creating a happy workplace isn’t complicated. The more you find reasons that cause unhappiness and solve them, the happier your company will be. And your employees. And with this kind of workplace nobody regrets the time they spend at the office.

Sources:
The Atlantic: “Re:Re:Fw:Re: Workers Spend 650 Hours a Year on Email”

Management Today: “UK workers waste a year of their lives in useless meetings”