The company GitHub optimizes happiness for team members, product users and shareholders. A recent Fast Company blog post, “GitHub’s Code for Work Place Happiness” presented GitHub’s approach which includes: a radically flat structure; allowing team members to choose the work they want to do with responsibility to the collective; and a belief that profits will rise naturally because happy team members create great products and great products have users who love these products and will pay for them
Do you believe that happiness is achievable in your and your team’s work? Start there. By believing it is possible you can start defining what makes you happy and have your team do so as well. Implement what you can. It could lead you to another organization, eventually, or you could find happiness right where you are. Is there a good reason not to be happy in your work? I don’t think so.