- Perfect Paperback: 196 pages
- Publisher: Alexander Kjerulf (2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1291328858
- ISBN-13: 978-1291328851
- ASIN: B005D3HVYW
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,678,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Happy Hour is 9 to 5 - How to Love Your Job, Love Your Life and Kick Butt at Work Perfect Paperback – 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
Traditional thinking is that if we are successful, we'll be happy. In our organizations, leaders think that once the company has some success their people will be happy and morale will improve.
This is fundamentally backward.
Happiness comes first, and once we have happy people, the company will be successful. Once we are happy, we will be successful.
What makes us happy? Alexander Kjerulf in his book, Happy Hour is from 9 to 5 lists the following 6 things:
1. Be positive.
3. Be open.
5. Find meaning.
Kjerulf's focus in mainly on your responsibility for your own happiness at work but as leaders we can have a big impact on the happiness of those around us. All you need to do is just order people to be happy, right? We all know that won't work.
What can we do as an organization to invite people to happiness? Let's look at Kjerulf's list again.
1. Be positive. We can focus on success and what we achieve as opposed to avoiding errors. Michael Jordan said "I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed." If we just focused on errors, we would assess this basketball player as a failure.
2. Learn. Growth is key to happiness. Stagnation is lethal to happiness. Not only can we develop a learning culture with respect to our work, we can encourage, support, and pay for employees who want to learn new skills outside of work. Steve Jobs credited his study of calligraphy as a key part of his thinking on the design of the Mac.
3. Be open. Honesty and trust at work are critical and you have the biggest impact on this.Read more ›
Kjerulf argues that Happiness IS the goal of work, but that very few of us are reaching that goal. This isn't just some hippie, huggy-wuggy book about singing Kum By Yah and patting each other on that back. Hell no! This book lays out the model for real business success. It turns out that happy employees mean higher productivity, and profits.
In other words, if your company isn't putting your employees' happiness FIRST, then you will be LEFT BEHIND and buried by the companies that do. The numbers don't lie; companies with happy employees are vastly more profitable than those with grumpy, overworked, and unhappy ones.
Read this book, or start thinking about your bankruptcy plan. It's that simple.
Well, this Kjerulf guy not only has the audacity to make the otherwise kind of claim, he has the intelligence, the spirit, and the experience to prove it.
Open the book. Open yourself to the possibility. The more you read, the more you begin to believe that you really could be loving your job, and even the people you work with. You could even be, gasp, having, gasp again, fun.
It'll take you maybe 10 pages before you begin to suspect that this guy actually knows what he's talking about. Another ten pages to think that even the very job you're enduring right now, hour after hour after day after week, could become something you look forward to. By the time you're a third of the way through, you start seeing possibilities. You begin to discover that none of the ideas Kjerulf has for how you can make your job more meaningful, more interesting, more fun, none of them is impossible, none of them is even that difficult to implement.
And by the time you finish reading, you find yourself feeling excited, about your job! About what you can make it become. And it all seems so easy. So common sense. So darn possible.
Read this book. It is a gift.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. Implement it slowly and it will make a great difference.Published 9 months ago by Robbin McColley
I was smiling after finishing this book, it pumped me with motivation, positive energy, inspiration and optimism. Hard to explain the feeling, but it was a huuuuge mood booster. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kresimir Mudrovcic
very easy read with tons of ideas and stories on how to make your workplace a better spot for all your colleagues.Published 16 months ago by Juan Pablo Adame Arnedo
I enjoyed this book! I believe that Happiness at work is not a pipe dream.
Happy Hour is 9 to 5 is based on the premise that you are responsible for your own happiness... Read more
A wonderful fun advice book.really thoughtful ideas on how to thrive &be happy in your work place.Published on July 22, 2014 by R. lomazow
What a cracker of a book to read, this is one of those books that will have an impact on your life especially aimed at where you work, its turning around your work life to make it... Read morePublished on July 8, 2014 by BLUE FISH
I really enjoyed Happy Hour is 9 to 5. The premise is one that I've believed in for many years in my business life - customer satisfaction is rooted in employee satisfaction. Read morePublished on July 7, 2014 by ReadMore