Avi Posluns is the Director of Employee Happiness at Invision. What is that, you might ask? At Invision they have hired Avi, a former coach, to take care of - yeah, you guessed it - the happiness of its employees. To some, that might seem to be quite a fluffy concept, but nevertheless a very important aspect of any business.
To Avi, keeping the employee happy has to do with the entire job - not just the three P’s: parties, ping pong tables and perks. It’s about having the freedom with your work so you can go live on a boat while still keeping a full time job. Invision is completely remote, meaning that everyone works from home (or a café or such).
Remote work has many benefits. People are inherently more happy when they are able to spend more time with their family and when they have the freedom to live where they want. For the company, remote work additionally means being able to pick the best employees from the entire globe. However, remote work can also pose certain challenges.
First of all, it can be very hard to be alone with the problems you inevitably will face during work. Without other people to confide in or to ask questions, you might overestimate the damage of the issue at hand. It can also be very easy to misunderstand each other when most communication is via text. Therefore, being clear, repeating oneself and asking questions is very important. And using emojis helps a lot!
Check out the podcast above for an entertaining episode, and more details about remote work and employee happiness.
List of “Avi Posluns recommended”-books and -articles
- 7 Ways to be Happier at Work
- How 3 Boston Companies Made Remote Working Work
- The Control Theory Manager
- Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
- Perfect Phrases for Coaching Employee Performance: Hundreds of Ready-to-Use Phrases for Building Employee Engagement and Creating Star Performers