I’ve got something exciting to share with you.
My friends and I at Friday Pulse have created a new tool: FridayOne – The Happiness Test. It’s designed to help you reflect on how happy you are at work. By scoring you against our Five Ways to Happiness at Work, it provides a benchmark so you can compare how you’re doing against your peers. But, most of important of all, this five-minute test gives you a personalized report packed with insights and tips.
Why you need a mirror and a window into your work life
We’re all suffering from pandemic fatigue, and many of us are nearing burn out. It’s at this sort of time, where we need to take a step back and take care of ourselves. So, I wanted to create a test that was a self-reflection, a way to take notice of how happy we were with work and how we could improve our work lives. This test had to be fun and informative, as well as psychometrically robust and useful. And, of course, I wanted to make sure you would have immediate insight on what you could do better.
I think my team and I came close.
FridayOne is an individual tool that helps you reflect on your experience of work. It acts as both a window and a mirror. As a mirror, it reflects how happy you are at work. As a window, it gives you new ways of seeing how you can improve your work life.
Some of you may have completed one (or more) of the popular free personality tests. While they can be fun, they tend to suffer from an intrinsic flaw: our personalities are not fixed. In different settings, times of day or year, we take on different personas. Think about how you can be a “different” person at work than when you’re out socialising. That makes defining a personality a difficult challenge. Statistically, we know that your results can change significantly depending on the mood you’re in when you take the test, as well as where you’re taking it.
Changing the context changes your scores
Context defines how we express ourselves. FridayOne is designed to work with a single context in mind: your work life.
But even with a narrow focus on work-life, test results are only a snapshot in time. When the context changes, the scores change. Our tool looks at the interactions that you have with your team, your role and your organization. These variables change constantly, and the different combinations of these variables influence your happiness at work. For instance, you may be a bad fit for a role but enjoy the team you’re working with. You may have a good role but dislike your organisation. You may love your company’s purpose but have problems with its culture.
The only thing that remains constant in these changing contexts is YOU. You bring yourself to work including your strengths, skills, ambitions and past experiences. The truth is that all of us have the potential to thrive, or not, in different jobs and different workplaces.
How the FridayOne self-reflection test works
The Five Ways to Happiness at Work
FridayOne is based on our Five Ways to Happiness at Work. This psychometrically-robust model allows us to look at happiness at work through five drivers. Here’s a quick summary of what they are:
- Connect: Friendships. Laughter. A sense of belonging. Connect is about team relationships, inter-team cooperation and friendships at work.
- Be Fair: Flexibility. Appreciation. Space for life outside of work. Fairness is about respect, appreciation and work-life balance.
- Empower: Trust. Delegate. The opportunity to self-organise. Empowerment at work is about using your strengths, being yourself and influencing decisions.
- Challenge: Stretch. Enjoyment. Setting realistic expectations. Challenge at work is about being able to be creative, receive useful feedback and learning new things.
- Inspire: Pride. Purpose. Being part of a bigger picture. Inspire is about how we feel about the work we do and whether we believe that our organizations do something worthwhile.
During the course of the test, you’ll answer questions that address each of the Five Ways. You’ll then be asked some broad questions about your occupation and demographics so we can benchmark you against your peers. Once completed, you can download your results.
Note: If you’re trying to track whether your situation has improved, you may want to retake the test in a few months’ time.
Reflecting on your results
After you’ve taken the test, the important part is what to do next. To help, I’ve prepared a few reflection questions to help you make the most of your results:
What surprises you most?
Or in other words, what wasn’t in your awareness before? Why does it surprise you? Often these are things that we may have suspected and been unable to articulate. It’s ok if the numbers are surprising. It’s not a condemnation of you or your work. Remember: it’s a mirror and a look at where you are now.
How might you influence your lowest scores?
Ideally, FridayOne is a tool that can help you improve your work situation. In that light, it’s important to think about the things you can improve. When looking at your lowest scores, consider if they are things you can change or things you actually want to change.
Before making any changes, think about who can help you on this journey. Do you have friends or mentors that can help you? These are significant choices that will affect our experience of the place we spend the most time in as working adults. Don’t go on the journey without help.
Do you stop and reflect on the things that you have done?
Using the tool is the beginning of – what I call – a learning feedback loop that can help you reflect and improve. Ultimately, the whole point of the tool is to draw your attention to what is working well in your working life and what isn’t.
Because of negative bias, we have a tendency to focus on what’s going wrong rather than what’s going well in our lives. Take time to celebrate your good scores. As you’re reflecting, consider how you can further play to your strengths, not just coach your weakness.
FridayOne and Friday Pulse
FridayOne is a snapshot of how you’re doing at a specific moment in time. But, if you’re ready to take workplace happiness seriously, Friday Pulse can help. Designed to track employee, team and organizational happiness, our people platform asks employees how they feel at work, giving senior leaders real-time insights into how individuals and teams are faring.
Right now, as COVID-19 weariness continues and many organizations are still experiencing a decline in employee wellness, we are offering companies and teams (50+ employees) free access to our people platform for 3 months.*
For more information on how we can support your organisation please reach out to us today.