Posted on March 16, 2021
To support entrepreneurs and youth, Randa Farah – an expert in Happiness at Work, was recently invited to deliver various webinars on topics related to self-leadership, inner strength, stress management, and Boosting your Happy Hormones Naturally. The main purpose was to provide the attendees with inner strengths to maintain a strong mindset and happiness. These webinars were part of the offerings under the new Helping SMEs Build Resilience Program, implemented by Berytech in Lebanon, led by YBI and funded by Google.org.
It is quite befitting that Randa’s family name means happiness in Arabic, and for this International Day of Happiness, Berytech asked her to share some tips to achieve happiness at work… from home!
Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognise the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. In 2015, the UN launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which seek to end poverty, reduce inequality and protect our planet – three key aspects that lead to well-being and happiness.
Randa started her passion for pushing the concept of happiness at work after experiencing happiness in one of her previous jobs thanks to a motivating, empowering and amazing British director who knew how to create a happy workplace and motivate his team to create mind-blowing results. She had a completely different experience working in another company in a very unhappy environment. The manager was verbally abusive and unpleasant, made the employees compete against each other, used their ideas without any credit, and created a very toxic environment where fear and hate were eating at everyone.
This contrast and the effect she felt on her and the employees’ well-being, health and happiness, were drastic, especially in her role as HR. So, she made it her mission to create happiness at work.
In 2018, Randa organized the first happiness at work international conference in Lebanon with 400 attendees, 12 international speakers and more than 30 exhibitors.
Today, she owns the exclusivity in Lebanon to certify people to become Chief Happiness Officers.
Studies have shown that happiness in life is related to 4 main areas:
So, happiness at work is the third most important element for happiness in life. Not surprising when we realize that we spend close to 10 hours per day at work!
Most companies make the common mistake between happiness and satisfaction. They provide benefits like a free gym or fruits in the common areas, thinking those will make employees happy; however, this is not entirely the case. Happiness at work can be summed up in results and relationships: employees who feel that they are making a difference in the company, achieving results and not just doing routine work, and those who have good and solid relationships in their teams, are much happier. Companies who are happy, also make more money!
Working from home is a bit more challenging. People are working individually, without human contact, meetings are on video… however, it is also an opportunity to focus on the results, as we are less focused on the presence and schedule of the employees, but more on the end results and productivity.
Companies can do many things to ensure happiness at work from home, here are some tips:
Working from home is challenging, even more so with the difficult times we are going through. However, keeping the focus and human side of the interaction helps your employees calm down, clear their minds, focus more, and become more productive.
Remember that happy companies make more money, it’s worth the try, isn’t it?
About the Author
Randa Farah is an HR specialist, organizational psychologist, university instructor, and international trainer. She is the founder of I Have Learned Academy (School of Life) and Lebtivity.com (Calendar for Events). Randa is a certified trainer from the UK, Master NLP Practitioner, Certified Happiness at Work Expert from Denmark, as well as a stress management and personal growth specialist.