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Although this phenomenon hasn’t gained much credit in Hungary yet, the employment of a happiness manager – aka a CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) – is getting more popular abroad. Their main purpose is to make the colleagues happy during work.

 

So what is this job actually about? Is it worth employing a happiness manager?

 

Happiness manager = a dream job?

At first glance it looks like THE dream job. Who doesn’t want to have a job of making others happy? But if we think about it, there’s only a handful of people who can do it. Waking up full of energy and happiness all the time, and cheering up the colleagues from their melancholy.

This phenomenon applies especially to the members of Generation Y. Many of these youngsters who are entering the labor market require a cosy corporate culture with home-like working environment. And yes, it plays a serious decisive factor when they choose their next workplace. If it doesn’t fit their expectations, they’ll simply look for another company, even after a couple of months.

As mentioned before, it hasn’t become popular in Hungary, nevertheless the companies have already realised the importance of employee satisfaction and happiness. Consequently, employing a happiness manager is not considered a stupid idea for them.

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“Faculty of Happiness Studies”

A happiness manager’s life is not the easiest, to say the least. Their work includes complex tasks ranging like coming up with new team building ideas and creating a suitable working environment. Although some official happiness managers are present in the labor market, no official (university) studies exists for this profession.

 

But the question is: does it even require an official faculty?

 

Well, it turns out, it doesn’t. The position of happiness manager requires rather a certain type of personality than theoretical knowledge. This manager is typically someone who can always make others laugh, has a very positive aura and an unexplainably bright shine. In the proximity of this person you feel like everything’s achievable, every problem can be solved.

 

In numbers

Finally, let’s have a look at some numbers, which prove the effectiveness of a happiness manager in reality! Check out the infographics we created based on SnackNation’s article!

Reasons for employing a happiness manager

Summary

Sorry Ladies and Gents, but a happiness manager is not forged, but born. According to the statistics this person’s job is not frivolous at all. This manager contributes not only to the employees’ engagement, motivation and better working morale, but to the company’s performance as well. Don’t misunderstand: making everybody happy is a decent aim, but actually this isn’t what this profession is originally about. It’s about improving the company’s results. Happier employees are an additional benefit. Win-win. Despite the fact this job is not so prevalent, happy workplace is getting an even higher importance, which is a good tendency itself.

 

Have you ever worked with a happiness manager? What do you think about the role of a happiness manager? Let us know in the comments! 🙂

 

Sources, related articles

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/aug/26/chief-happiness-officer-cho-employee-workplace-woohoo-google

https://humanresourcetalks.wordpress.com/tag/happiness-manager/

http://theheureka.com/feelgood-factories

http://www.gethppy.com/hrtrends/what-does-a-chief-happiness-officer-actually-do

http://www.snacknation.com/blog/employee-happiness/

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