WIIFO Replaces WIIFM as the New Protocol for Job Satisfaction

A recent study shows that caring for others is one of the primary qualities that lead to happiness. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (IJBM) reports that those who are behaviorally compassionate are healthier and live longer, as long as they are not overwhelmed by the helping tasks. There are many other studies that show the same correlation.

So the next time you make a quick stop at the gourmet coffee shop on your way to work, think of the person who goes the extra mile to make sure you have what you need to get your job done. Spend an extra couple of bucks to bring her a frappuccino. When you put it on her desk, say “No reason in particular.”

When that coworker across the organization helps out in a capacity that’s “only expected” of him, show him that he is not taken for granted. Send him a thank-you e-mail. Copy his boss.

In a meeting, instead of zeroing in on the major flaw in someone’s idea, focus instead on what’s creative or suggests other possibilities. Acknowledge what’s good. It might even help the other person more quickly see the aspects that won’t work, so no one has to put down his or her idea.

After each of these actions, focus on how you feel. Not only have you made someone else’s day a bit better, you have also added a dose or two of happiness to your own day. Remember the expression, “What’s In It For Me (WIIFM)”? Try a new phrase, “What’s In It for Others” (WIIFO). Yes, what’s in it for others! A bit of cheer and helpfulness can go a long way in making us and others feel better about the people we work with.