[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Did you know there's one simple thing you can do at the beginning of your workday to improve your happiness, performance and overall well-being? At Plasticity, our mission is to give people the skills to create happier, higher performing workforces. And even though we say that the habits of high performing people require intention and effort to build, those actions don’t need to be complicated. They can be as simple as brushing your teeth, holding the door open for someone, or perhaps even as simple as saying 'thanks'. All you need is a pen and a piece of paper to write down one thing or person you are grateful for everyday. It's as simple as that!

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Unlocking Happiness at Work takes you on a journey into why and how leaders should become compassionate capitalists and ensure that their teams thrive. This book debunks the myth that happiness at work is a waste of...

It's a gorgeous, sunny day outside... and you're stuck in the office. 

Everyone seems to be staring longingly out the window from their desks. With glimpses of summertime coming our way, it is difficult to stay focused at work. As employers, how do you maintain good levels of productivity and happiness in the workplace when employee concentration is focused outdoors? Our research has demonstrated that employee happiness plays a crucial role in workplace productivity. As discovered by Dr. Leith, “a happy worker is a productive worker. When people are happy they are more energetic, more motivated, more creative, and most importantly, more productive at given tasks”1. What makes your employees happy in the summertime, and how can you leverage that to boost productivity? We’ve outlined six ways to engage employees and lift them out of the inevitable ‘summer slump’:

You’re sitting at your cubicle after staring into your monitor for the better part of the day. You’ve written dozens of e-mails, signed off on hundreds of little decisions (including where to spend your lunch hour), when it hits you like a 5-tonne coffee mug: The 2pm Brick Wall. Suddenly, the thought of typing out another ten word memo is akin to competing in a marathon. You are drained. Exhausted. The creative juices that were fuelling your keyboard-prowess have all but run out. How can you restore all of the razor-focused attention you came into the office with that very same morning? How can you get a fresh new burst of energy to help you get through those final few office hours?

Credit Union Members Report Highest Satisfaction Levels Among All Financial Institutions

Among all financial institutions, credit unions have ranked the highest in customer satisfaction levels for the last seven years running. In a recent study by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), it was reported that credit unions were ranked first in customer satisfaction, significantly outpacing all other financial institutions. The credit union customer satisfaction score of 85 is first among financial institutions and notably higher than the average bank score of 76. Why are satisfaction levels so much higher in credit unions?

Most people complain about their jobs. According to Scott Adams, the reason why the Dilbert comic strip is so successful is largely attributable to its workplace setting and themes. Adams has said that switching the setting from Dilbert's home to his office was when the strip really started to take off.  We all love to laugh about how much our jobs suck – it’s a universal theme.

It’s that age old time of year when we all start to reflect on the past year and start making resolutions for the year to come. Not everyone believes in making resolutions, but I tend to think setting goals is a healthy habit at any time of the year. With that spirit in mind, I had the entire Plasticity team reflect on their personal and professional goals for the New Year. By sharing these goals with each other, we can help to support our team to make sure it happens. We wanted to share our personal and professional goals with our community to help inspire a chain reaction- by sharing our work goals with you, you might share yours back with us. Without further adieu, here are the Plasticity Lab’s team resolutions for 2015:

Start understanding your workplace culture

We work with companies of all sizes and sectors and we've discovered that their workplace challenges are all quiet similar. We'd love to learn more about you and your organization and what you hope to accomplish.