Earning Happiness: Drucker Apps Looks at What Makes Workers Feel Most Satisfied

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The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University today added a new topic to Drucker Apps, an ongoing conversation about bettering society through effective management and responsible leadership.

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‘One cannot hire a hand; the whole man always comes with it.’

The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University today added a new topic to Drucker Apps, an ongoing conversation about bettering society through effective management and responsible leadership.

This latest addition to Drucker Apps will examine what brings workers the most happiness at work. It was inspired by a much-cited recent study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton of Princeton University, which found that $75,000 is the magic salary figure for ensuring worker happiness.

Taking part in the running dialogue will be Daniel Pink, best-selling author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us; Sonja Lyubomirski, psychology professor at the University of California at Riverside and author of The How of Happiness; Ed Diener author of Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth; and others with insights into this subject.

As with every installment of Drucker Apps, this online dialogue is informed by the words of Peter F. Drucker, the father of modern management. In this way, Drucker Apps ties the timeless wisdom of one of the great thinkers and writers of the 20th century to the hottest issues of today, all delivered by the latest in 21st-century technology.

For Peter Drucker, keeping workers happy and satisfied went beyond giving them fat paychecks. He suggested that workers needed to feel satisfied in multiple ways (physiologically, psychologically, socially, economically and by having a measure of power). Work is “impersonal and objective,” he wrote in his 1973 classic, Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices. “But working is done by a human being.… As the old human relations tag has it. ‘One cannot hire a hand; the whole man always comes with it.’”

We invite you to join our Drucker Apps conversation about what brings you happiness at work. We open things up with this question: What’s the job that made you happiest in your life, and was it the money or something else that left you feeling that way?

To participate, please visit: http://apps.druckerinstitute.com.

About the Drucker Institute
The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University is a think tank and action tank whose purpose is to better society by stimulating effective management and responsible leadership. It does this, in large part, by advancing the ideas and ideals of Peter F. Drucker, the father of modern management.

The Institute acts as a hub for a worldwide network of Drucker Societies: volunteer-driven organizations that are using Drucker’s teachings to bring about positive change in their local communities.

In addition, the Institute maintains a digital archive of Drucker’s papers; undertakes research that builds on Drucker’s writings; offers an annual $100,000 prize for nonprofit innovation; produces curricular material that distills Drucker’s decades of leading-edge thinking, including a management training system called Drucker Unpacked; applies Drucker’s work to current events (through a regular online column in Bloomberg Businessweek by Institute Executive Director Rick Wartzman and through a social media tool called Drucker Apps); and hosts visiting fellows with Drucker-like insights and values.

The Institute is a close affiliate of the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, which is training the next generation of leaders and managers to do good while they do well.

For more on the Drucker Institute, please visit: http://www.druckerinstitute.com.

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