PQC Instructors & Students Volunteer at Chicago Marathon

On Oct. 8, two PQC instructors and 16 students from Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps Center spent the morning volunteering at the 2017 Chicago Marathon in Grant Park. The students greeted runners, helped check in gear, and matched bag and bib numbers. In total, more than 14,000 volunteers supported 40,000+ marathon runners from all 50 states and approx. 40 countries. Great job, everyone!

The Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps volunteer group

PQC’s volunteers from Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps Center.

Happiness Training

Success image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

“Habits are like financial capital—forming one today is an investment that will automatically give out returns for years to come.

“Happiness is not the belief that we don’t need to change; it’s the realization that we can.”

—Shawn Achor

If you could achieve:

  • 37% greater sales
  • 3x more creativity
  • 31% more productivity
  • 40% more prime promotion candidates
  • Employees with 23% fewer fatigue symptoms
  • Employees up to 10x more engaged

in your organization, would you? Of course you would!

We at PQC want to achieve these types of successes and the statistics that go with them for our clients. Happiness Training is one of our most powerful tools for doing so. Before you are tempted to turn a cynical nose up at the idea of Happiness Training, consider the stats. Shawn Achor—author of “Before Happiness” and “The Happiness Advantage”—presents a solid, research-based case. His conclusion? Happiness infuses organizations with an energy that fuels success. Happy employees and happy companies outperform the rest—those more neutrally or negatively inclined—in all key measures. Review the stats above again, for starters, and then read Shawn’s work to discover and examine more.

Far from being anything that could be labeled “fluff,” it turns out that happiness is a potent driver of performance. Although popular attitudes purport that success leads to happiness, the truth is this commonly held view is just plain wrong. On the contrary—and the research bears this out—happiness leads to success.

Add this updated idea to one other—that happiness can be cultivated—and the possibility of improving an individual’s or an organization’s happiness levels takes on new life.

What are the signs of happiness in your organization?

Think about some of your happiest times. Did success follow? If so, how?