Here is an interesting article from Bicycling Magazine on happiness and exercise. While most of us exercise to have a happier future, studies show that few of us realize that goal. In fact, we are much happier it the thing we are doing now makes us happy. I guess “Instant Gratification” works. This might explain why today’s workers seem to want time off tomorrow rather than a promotion it 2 years. This is a generational change in work motivation, but be a change in how we think. What if today’s workers have finally gotten it right? If so, we may need to reexamine how we motivate them. One thing is for certain, we know that the better someone is fit for their job, the happier they are today. This is reflected in performance, tenure, service levels, sales and other metrics. If there was ever a justification for using assessments like Predictive Index, it might be this: better fit = short term happiness = bottom-line results.
Yes, that’s me in the PI jersey during the Horse Farm Hundred ride in Gainesville, FL this year. Great exercise and great fun at the same time, proving the point of the article.