Happy at Work Action Day – October 5!

My main gig is helping people relieve stress from their desk, or how to feel better during the work day.

My blogging friend, Karl Staib helps people work happy now.

They are, in my opinion, one in the same.  Which is why I love the idea of his upcoming Happy at Work Action Day October 5.  When I worked corporate I don’t remember one day where I can say I “worked happy”.  I could have used his (and now my own!) advice.

In an effort to help people feel better, be more productive and experience greater satisfaction during the day, I want to help him spread the word.  You CAN work happier..check in with Karl to find out how.

Here is what Happy at Work Action Day is all about, in the words of Karl Staib…

I’ve created the Happy at Work Action Day, which will be on October 5th in an effort to make work more fun.

The real reason I created this day was to help people who, like me, need to find some stress relief and happiness in their job. Many employees feel stuck, depressed and tired. No wonder we are losing billions of dollars due to overworked employees. They need to learn how to release all that stress and enjoy one day for all it’s worth. If they can enjoy one day, are sure to be able to find happiness in the next day and the day after that.

I want people to celebrate the fact that they can enjoy their present situation. If it is an eventual career advancement of change that they desire, then finding ways to enjoy themselves now will help them reach their goals in the future. When people are highly confident in their present job, they are more likely to find passion and success in what they do.

The guidelines are simple:

  • Celebrate! Throw an office party to celebrate everyone’s accomplishments, both large and small.
  • Reward a deserving co-worker or client.
  • Reward yourself for a recent accomplishment.
  • Take 5 minutes to reflect on the crazy beauty in your life.

People have so much more control than they realize if they only take action.

What Work Happy Action can you take at work on October 5?

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  • http://www.workhappynow.com Karl Staib – Work Happy Now

    It’s funny how the great companies embrace the idea of work happiness, but the ones that struggle don’t. Zappos, Southwest Airlines, and Google, to name a few, all believe in making their people as happy as possible because they know they will receive great results in return.

    I hope that you join in and make your day at work on October 5th the most enjoyable day of work you’ve ever had. That might be asking a bit much. Ok maybe not the most enjoyable day, but at least in your top 10. :)

    Thanks for spreading the word. Stacey, you are a true friend.

  • http://www.jungleoflife.com Lance

    Hey Stacey (and Karl),
    Are you a football fan (no…I mean a real football fan – the G.B. Packers!)? Monday, October 5th the Packers play the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. And then it’s this whole Brett Favre as a Viking, and first time against the Packers thing. You’re probably wondering where I’m going with this?

    Monday at work will be a day to wear your favorite football attire, and I think we’ll be doing something over lunch to kind of celebrate the Packer game and kick off National Employee Stock Ownership Month. October ends up being really a month long celebration! And I know that Monday will be a Happy Work day – everything will feel lighter that day. Tuesday, on the other hand…well, we’ll see how the game goes on Monday night! (can happiness really be tied to the outcome of a football game???)

  • http://www.TheBoldLife.com Tess The Bold Life


    I like the idea of finding happiness at work today and finding it again the next day and the next…certainly we are all capable of that!

    Except for working on the farm I grew up on I’ve worked for myself all but 2 and 1/2 years (after grad school) of my work life. During those years I was always in trouble for being too loud, laughing too loud and having too much fun!

    I was always accused of not knowing how to be professional. Is that funny or what?!? It was after those 2 and 1/2 years that I established my private practice working as a therapist. Then I was in charge of how much fun I could have and my own work happiness.

    Life is what we make it and I’m making mine fun and happy. There’s just no other way to go through life.

    Karl I do think it’s possible to make it one of the best days of our lives. That’s called raising the bar on personal happiness.

    And to Lance…you need a plan in case they lose! It’s as simple as that;)

  • http://staceyshipman.com Stacey Shipman

    Karl – Absolutely happy to help. I see no reason why October 5 can’t be a GREAT work day. Schedule looks good!

    Lance – Yes, happiness can be tied to one football game. I remember a few years back when the Patriots lost the Super Bowl during their “perfect” season. I couldn’t speak to anyone for a couple of days. Devastating :-)

    Tess – When I think of my “perfect” work environment I think about a place where I can laugh, talk to people and just be silly all day. Working for myself allows me to create that!

  • http://allaboutjoy.typepad.com Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord

    I’m so glad you wrote about this, and I’m with you: in the corporate world, there just weren’t enough days when I felt truly happy. I’ve been out of the corporate world for ten months now, so I don’t have any thoughts on what I’ll do Monday except GIVE THANKS for the awesome life God has allowed me to lead to this point.

    I’ll be sending positive energy to all those who do work for Corporate America, though, or anywhere: that they’re doing what they love and loving what they do.

  • http://www.purposepowercoaching.com Chris Edgar

    Hi Stacey — when I think about what creates happiness in my work, enjoying the in-the-moment process of working, as opposed to just desiring the product (the money and praise I might get for my work and so on) comes to mind. Really paying attention to the sensations I’m feeling as I work and the sounds and sights around me is a great way to achieve this.

  • http://yes-to-me.com/ Akemi – Yes to Me

    Although I don’t work in the corporate world, it’s so easy to carry over the corporate mentality in the self-employment world. So I like this idea (Monday tend to be the busiest day of the week for me. . .)

  • http://staceyshipman.com Stacey Shipman

    Megan – I think you and I have a lot in common – I can relate to your comment a lot.

    Chris – Yes, the process rather than the end product, in recent months I have come to truly understand this.

    Akemi – Thank you for visiting! And yes, now that I’m self employed, some days are “better than others” as they say…although much different than when I worked for someone else.

    I hope you all have a “happy at work” day tomorrow. And Karl good luck with your day of awareness!

  • http://evolvingbeings.com Evita

    Happy “Happy At Work Action Day” Stacey!

    It is an awesome initiative that Karl put together isn’t it?!

    There is so much happiness that can and I feel should be achieved from work that it is great to inspire people through things like this. I know a lot of people get bogged down and think there is no other way – but there always is! We can all be happy at work, and initiatives like this point the way to where and how to start :)

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