Resource of the Week: Joy At Work by Dennis Bakke
Joy at work gives people the freedom to use their talents and skills for the benefit of society, without being crushed or controlled by autocratic supervisors or staff offices.
Joy At Work
If you desire to empower your team to thrive and find joy in their work and have not yet read Dennis Bakke's classic, Joy At Work: A Revolutionary Approach to Fun on the Job, add it to the top of your reading list. This book will transform the way you look at work and, if you lead others, the way you engage your team.
Part biography, and part practical application, Bakke tells of his path from farm kid, to Harvard Business School, to co-founder and CEO of AES, a global energy company. In founding AES, Bakke was determined to create a work environment that was not just positive, but provided real joy for all who worked there. Joy at work, as he defines it, flows from the freedom to do good work in a way that has a positive influence on their community and their world.
"The key to joy at work is the personal freedom to take actions and make decisions using individual skills and talents." Dennis Bakke
The gold within the book is not in the way Bakke defines and communicates what joy and fun at work should look like, but how he implements it within workplace after workplace with great success. His approach and writing is accessible and he provides a number of practical applications that you can adopt within your workplace while also allowing you the freedom to explore how to implement unique solutions.
Since reading Joy At Work, here are a few ideas I've implemented in my workplace:
- Creating work teams, instead of isolated individuals
- Empowered and encouraged the teams and individuals within those teams to make important decisions on behalf of the department
- Created a task force whenever a major decision needed to be made that had broad impact on employees
- Provided front line employees with the power to make purchasing decisions
- Adopted an "Open book" management style to the greatest degree possible
And there are plenty more ideas waiting in there for you to apply to your workplace.
No matter your position at work or stage of your career, Joy At Work will provide a framework for a more enjoyable workplace experience.
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