Time for Happiness?
Ashley Whillan’s Time for Happiness book reveals the results of a survey of 2.5 million Americans by the Gallup Organization which found that 80% of respondents did not have the time to do all they wanted to each day. She described it as a “famine” — a collective cultural failure to effectively manage our most precious resource, time.
Time poverty exists across all workplaces, and Ashley documented her findings:
- Research shows that those who feel time-poor experience lower levels of happiness and higher levels of anxiety, depression, and stress
- They experience less joy
- People laugh less
- People exercise less and are less healthy
- Their productivity at work is diminished
- They are more likely to get divorced.
- And her analysis of the Gallup survey data, even found that time stress had a stronger negative effect on happiness than being unemployed did!!
So how can we challenge the norm at work and release more time for us and our teams.
- Do we really need every meeting to be 1 hour or more?
- Do we really need everybody in the meeting?
- Does everything need a face to face meeting?
And…what would happen if we just limited those wonderful things brought to us to make life easier….yep the good old emails!
It’s a great read so please do check out Ashley’s work and if you would like help to energise you team then contact Let’s Get Healthy on 01924 666 295.