When thinking about how humans spend 70% of their waking hours at work, the Founder of Mindvalley, Vishen decided to run an experiment years ago to see what would happen if “love” became part of his employees job description for just one week. What started out as a fun experiment soon became a company tradition and an event that over 5,000 companies worldwide now participate in. Mindvalley found that injecting Love week into their company culture increased productivity and built stronger friendships amongst employees.
This Gallup study found that providing social support generates greater productivity in the long run. And this 2008 Gallup Consulting study concluded that employee engagement is a force that drives business outcomes, and that engaged employees are more productive, profitable and customer focused.
According to Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work, 95% of people who give no social support at work have no work engagement.
Inspired by Mindvalley, our team participated in what has become a national event in the workplace called Love week Feb. 12-16. For one week we were each secretly assigned an angel (another co-worker) that we could shower with little gifts, notes, what have you, for the week, revealing ourselves at the week’s end. Guests could also leave little notes up front in our love bucket for one of our guest services team, an assistant, another guest, or their stylist. We had so much fun injecting love into our salon and look forward to making this a yearly event at Zinke.