Measuring happiness is as difficult as measuring the color of love. In his book Happiness: A History, Darrin M. McMahon talks about happiness from different perspectives. 200 years ago, everybody believed that it is a right, but in ancient Greece, happiness meant virtue. Romans were all about prosperity and divine favor. For Christians, happiness was a strong connection with G-d. Happiness is actually a human expectation says historian McMahon. So having a fancy office is far from having happy teams.
The employer as a life partner
Given the fact that many of us spent more time at the office, BestJobs had a study on more than 1000 Romanians. It encouraged them to imagine their employer as a life partner and to draw the conclusion on the level of happiness and fulfillment.
About the current “partner” (employer), disgruntled employees said that most often he is indifferent (35.6%), immature and disorganized (26.2%) or even aggressive (8.9%). Only 20.5% said about their “life partner” that is mature and calculated, and for another 8.9%, the employer is loving and tender. On the other hand, most employees see themselves in a very good light in their relationship with the company they work for. 50.8%, meaning half of the employees, consider that they offer more in this relationship and only 5% believe that the partner does. One-third of respondents say they both offer the same, and almost 12% believe that none of them gets involved more than the other.
Managing a team across the country and the role of application management
Do you remember the movies in which different employees were goofing around when the boss was not watching? Of course, some managers believe that a constantly commanding, watching of their staff and bossing around will surely take the team/s to new heights of accomplishment.
Modern managers and leaders go beyond the job description. It is not easy, but you must earn the team trust and respect.
Your actions inspire a collaborative and happy team. We live in a relentless world, working on difficult projects and tasks with a team that is in different places. So happy and inspirational things do not really come across. In this case, focusing on good IT solutions, which enables you to communicate much better, and trust, are the main keys to happy teams across the country.
In the 63rd edition of Journal of Communication, L. Crystal Jiang and Jeffrey T. Hancock, two professors from Department of Media and Communication from the University of Hong Kong and of Cornell University, NY, wrote a paper about how communication and digital tools help people in workplaces, but also in relationships. According to them, adaptation and idealization of the situation are depending on the cue multiplicity, synchronicity, and mobility of the communication medium employed. Application management can help you and your remote teams discuss and work in real time your most challenging projects.
Different cloud solutions can help you to be agile and address your team (and clients) needs in minutes. Having all in one place, a team that can do video calls, chat, share workspaces to collaborate on a presentation or just work on internal documents, share virtual tasks lists and their status will be more productive and happy.
When your team is remote, emotional intelligence helps you to helps them communicate with you much better. As the study from BestJobs revealed, a good relationship means a lot. Many of them came to your team because they needed a job, they needed a carrier or because they had a calling.
Always remember that remote teams and successful businesses rely on the self-motivated employee since you cannot be with them at the same time. Human connection is the key to happy teams, and today’s technology can help you a lot.