An article with a similar title was recently published in the Harvard Business Review and it piqued my interest immediately. Let me explain why I retired last June after a 30-year career as a public school special education teacher because I despised my job. The same job that I had loved for years, the same job that I got up early day after day, the same job that I stayed late and worked at home in the evenings, the job that I had loved. I retired because all the joy, all the pleasure, all the cool and creative aspects of my job had been taken away. They had been replaced by assessment after assessment, standardized test after standardized test, rote learning and what is called teaching to the test.
In my thirty year career the school system has changed radically and then changed back again. It went full circle, we are now repeating past failures. Twenty years ago we rejoiced that finally, the people at the top reduced the requirement for standardized testing and completely did away with it in several grades. This one-time score and its significance were put on the back burner and teaching were once again celebrated. Slowly the testing crept back in and now even kindergartners are made to 'bubble in" score sheets and sit for an unimaginable amount of time for their developmental stage, while all up to the ranks in ages the testing focus is all the more emphasized! How is a teacher to be happy about this? Especially considering we need to prepare these children for the entirely new world they will be living in, let's put the industrial age behind us and push forward to prepare our kids for the tech age ahead.
So does being happy at work matter? Hell yes, read on... Teacher morale is at an all time low! Why? Well, this massive initiated to test kids and give teachers a score based on the result of those assessments is a HUGE part of contributing factor. The annual MetLife Survey of the American Teacher done in 2013, stated that only 17 percent of teachers and 22 percent of principals are very confident that the Common Core State Standards that are being implemented in most states, will actually improve student achievement. Common sense here, Common Core is not helping the situation, it is exacerbating the problem. Its emphasis on assessing teachers, getting rid of inept teachers, all by standardized test scores, and the rewriting tenure — essentially demonizes this implementation and the profession. Read on....
People used to believe that you didn’t have to be happy at work to succeed. And you didn’t need to like the people you work with or even share their values. “Work is not personal,” the thinking went. This is bunk.
My research with dozens of companies and hundreds of people — as well as the research conducted by the likes of neuroscientists Richard Davidson and V.S. Ramachandran and scholars such as Shawn Achor — increasingly points to a simple fact: Happy people are better workers. Those who are engaged with their jobs and colleagues work harder — and smarter.
And yet, there is an alarmingly high number of people who aren’t engaged. According to a sobering 2013 Gallup report, only 30% of the U.S. workforce is engaged. This echoes what I’ve seen in my work. Not very many people are true “emotionally and intellectually committed” to their organizations. Far too many couldn’t care less about what’s happening around them. For them, Wednesday is “hump day” and they’re just working to get to Friday. And then there’s the other end of the bell curve — the nearly one out of five employees is actively disengaged, according to the same Gallup report. These people are sabotaging projects, backstabbing colleagues, and generally wreaking havoc in their workplaces.
Understand the point intended?