Child’s play

United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.

There are some childlike qualities that we should try to retain – curiosity is one and the ability to find joy in anything and everything is another.

Curiosity as a competency

Curiosity is one of the top five character strengths identified by positive psychology researchers Martin Seligman and Christopher Peterson and is closely linked to fulfilment and happiness.

In terms of employability curiosity is really important, but don’t just learn for the sake of your job learn to enhance your life. Develop curiosity and learn to question more, in a changing world the ability to adapt is increasingly important.

childlike qualities

Curiosity helps us in looking for connections and links; try to be someone who doesn’t just look inward but who looks outward too. Work on being one of those people who is “useful to have about the place”, versatile and flexible.

Remember that employability is not just about where you are now but about staying current in the marketplace. Collaboration is a key skill and curiosity helps us to build relationships and can lead to innovative results because it is predicated on an interest in others’ experiences and their ideas, the basis for meaningful interaction.

The ability to approach people, problems, situations and conversations with curiosity also leads to interest and wonder and enthusiasm for work and life.

Finding joy

What makes you jump for joy, or laugh out loud? I often think we don’t celebrate enough.

When we were little we were given badges in the Cubs and Brownies and we wore them with pride. We proudly pinned certificates and rosettes on the bedroom wall. As we get older we dismiss these achievements. What was once all-consuming, for instance your O and A levels (or GCSEs for our slightly younger readers!), are now a distant memory, though at the time they were mountains you successfully climbed.

At work it’s important to celebrate success, so do please congratulate colleagues on their successes and achievements, acknowledge the contribution others make, call out and show appreciation for devotion to duty and for those who go the extra mile.

Here are some other things that 10Eighty recommend to help you find joy in work and life:

  • Smile
  • Reconnect with someone you haven’t spoken to in a while
  • Be kind – help someone else find joy
  • Disconnect – go outdoors, turn off your phone, stretch your legs and simply enjoy a peaceful lunch break
  • Give some time to charity, do some voluntary work or mentor a colleague
  • Take action towards fulfilling a goal or dream

There’s more to life than work and there’s more to work than shareholder value so remember to take joy too. I firmly believe that work should be fun, work hard and celebrate success.

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Michael Moran – CEO 10Eighty

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