10 that make me happy at work

Are you happy at work? Are you a lucky person who has a job that makes you happy? What are those elements that are capable of producing happiness? I made myself those questions preparing for the annual talent revision with my boss. And realized that there were a lot more motives to be happy than I expected. I was surprised as I discovered a set of values that matter, and I was not consciously aware that they did matter a lot to me.

So, I wanted to share with you that list I made for myself. I want to do that because we tend to be negative and criticize our organizations and we do it without considering and weighting aspects that are a treasure to many.

1. Talent Management: one of the enormous pleasures of life is to know people who have the potential to make other people better. It is my responsibility to make these persons develop their talent in our organization, with our customers, with the industry. Doing so multiplies the values of our solutions and has a side effect which is creating trust and confidence in the people and organizations we connect with. Have you considered this?

2. New projects / Evolution: it is the opposite of stagnation. In our companies the projects evolve and, many times, we work on new ones as a consequence of the continuous change of our environment. We learn better processes, we are aware of new technologies, we design improvements and we want to make a real impact in people’s life. This is a major challenge I embrace, as it is part of my curiosity engine. It allows me to continuously add value and fuel my organization.

3. Connection to the outside world: If you think -as I do- that you are a social persona, you like to meet people and make contacts, be aware that this has an impact: it is different for each one, but it always creates an influence in the world. I tend to connect directly with the persons I am going to serve, help or have any kind of effect because I have to know how to do this in the correct way. I need to ensure that our organization is providing the relevant answers to them. How do you connect?

4. Travelling: yes, I like travelling and work with people from different countries, cultures, behaviors. It enriches me as a person and as a professional. It provides the sense of reality: we are not just our country, our region, our families, our believes…. we are a World of realities, and most are fascinating. If your role gives you this advantage, make the most of it.

5. Matrix: our different businesses and organizations in Elsevier have teams in various localizations in the World. It Is fascinating how our company is organized to obtain, and also foster, the very best of our very different talents. Building your internal network is crucial to do a good job. But, mastering and optimizing these assets allows you to do the extra mile, it warrants success. Try it!

6. Thought leadership: we want to lead the way in advancing healthcare. Our goal is to expand the boundaries of knowledge and, in this unlimited journey, we work hard with the greatest key opinion leaders in all areas. We are not just focused on the core -Healthcare- but on all those spaces which have an impact: technology, processes, management and clinical knowledge. I had the chance to develop a notable tool -Elsevier Dialogues- to constantly capture the status quo, ideas and challenges from the inputs of the players in this industry. It is amazing the way this instrument creates value for us and for our business.

7. Flexibility: from all the existing remuneration formats, flexibility is one I particularly value. I like to work by projects and objectives, and I do very much appreciate a degree of flexibility when executing my role. The flexibility I appreciate is a combination of benefits related with time, team, processes and management style. Do you value the same?

8. Constant learning: it again is, as mentioned before, the opposite of stagnation. I cannot understand my position without using part of my time as an “intern”. We need to assess the changes occurring in our environment. In our business, two elements are especially relevant: medical knowledge explosion and technology. If we want to lead the way, we need to master the creation, management, process and presentation of the best knowledge, and all technologies related. And we have to do this being aware that there is more and more connection between different industries. Constant learning is now a must-have skill and I embrace it.

9. Think ahead: an exciting exercise -and very difficult and time consuming- is to dedicate some time to envision as much scenarios as you can, add the inputs and ideas captured, debate with colleagues and team… to reach the future sooner than the others and anticipate the answers. Stimulating.

10. Contribution: and the most personal and important component. Some time ago I published a post called “I am a contribution”. I am here to talk to all professionals in Healthcare, understand what they do and what they need. I am here to give the best and most updated knowledge to the Doctors assisting families. I am here to think ahead of our current solutions: thinking about combining our solutions with analytics to provide even more accuracy when diagnosing people. I am here to constantly learn about the coming technologies that could make a difference when I am developing and improving our solutions. I am here to engage my team to assume our responsibility to advance Healthcare the best way we can. I am not a Doctor nor a Nurse, I don’t work at a Hospital and I don’t make diagnostics. But I am here to prevent medical errors, to help clinical research, to support continuous medical education and to encourage my colleagues and my team to all together be a contribution.

It does not matter what industry or business you are in. It matters to find these values that make you a happier person in your role.