As we approach the holiday season, Peace on Earth is something that we will hear in songs and desire for our world. Often, our desires are much simpler, and we wish we could just have peace at work. What would it take to find peace (and happiness) where we spend much of our time each day? Let’s take a look at what some surveys say and decide what actions are necessary for us to make peace at work. If you are responsible for employees, it may give you some ideas as to how you can make your workplace more peace-full.

Recent research by the George Washington School of Public Health shows that a work/life imbalance can literally be a pain in the neck. The study indicated that employees reporting high conflict between their job duties and obligations at home had a two-times greater chance of suffering neck or shoulder pain and a three-times greater risk of arm pain. Bottom line: Employees who don’t need to juggle extreme work hours and family obligations might be happier and more productive on the job.

Another study, conducted by two Harvard researchers who set out to measure happiness, shows that 47% of the time people are thinking about something other than what they are doing. This mind wandering is a source of unhappiness. Researchers said, “A human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind.” Bottom line: Notice when you are not “present,” and make a conscious decision to be here and now. Happiness (and peace) will be the result.

A brother-sister team, Tom and Dian Griesel, have studied some ways people can improve life satisfaction. When it comes to work, number one is to try to like your boss or at least respect him/her. You should also like and respect your co-workers. Another suggestion is to focus on controlling your own behavior by working to your highest capacity, regardless of what others are doing or what is going on around you. Bottom line: The Griesels advise workers to count your blessings. Being employed itself is a blessing in our current economy.

Another recent survey indicated that as many as 64% of American workers are unhappy at work. Of those surveyed, 65% said that a better boss would make them happier at work while only 35% said a pay raise would do it. To confirm what the previous survey recommended, 60% of those surveyed said they would do a better job if they got along better with their boss, and 70% said they would be happier if they got along better with their boss. Bottom line: Make an effort to get along better with your boss. And bosses, make an effort to get along better with your employees.

At Industrial Heating, we strive to provide good information to help people do their jobs better, which might also make them happier at work. The columns and feature articles in the magazine you’re holding contain good content to help you dig deeper into a number of topics. A recent book entitled The Shallow: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, offers research that shows that the Internet is causing us to be less capable of concentrating and less creative. The author, Nicholas Carr, illustrates this when he said, “Once I was a scuba diver in a sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy in a Jet Ski.” Bottom line: Dig into this issue and explore some of the deeper training opportunities offered by Industrial Heating to help your concentration (on the here and now) improve.

As you mine the depths of this issue, you should visit the Employment Marketplace page, which contains job opportunities in our industry. Maybe you need to consider finding a new position to increase your job peace/happiness. Or, if you feel that it’s time to hire some more people to help your employees in their work/life balance, you will want to make a good hire. Industrial Heating wants to help you locate the right people for your needs. The Employment Marketplace taps into Industrial Heating’s loyal readers, followers and viewers from around the world and around the corner from your place of business. The next time you have a critical job opening that requires skill sets that can only be found with experienced industry professionals, contact Becky McClelland to discuss the best way to let our 19,000+ monthly magazine subscribers; over 20,000 monthly website viewers; 8,000+ e-newsletter recipients; and a solid and growing number of social-media followers, friends and contacts know about your job opening. Bottom line: Industrial Heating has more qualified prospects than you’ll find anywhere else.All of us at Industrial Heatingextend our best wishes for peace and happiness this holiday season and throughout the new year. IH


             Reed Miller

             Associate Publisher/Editor