Many more employers are realizing that they rather have a pleasant team member than a highly skilled one. Of course, ideally, the new hire would be both pleasant and skilled, but if you needed to rely on one over the other in the interview, remember to SMILE!

In this learning path your smile is a physical expression of your internal happiness, joy, and overall pleasant attitude at work. Although this may not always be the case, let's pretend just for a moment so we can easily review the benefits of positive behaviors in the workplace.

Studies have shown that when you are truly happy at work your productivity increases which is good for your overall well being and the organization. Also, those pleasant employees experience less burnout and more creativity.

Researchers Emma Seppälä and Kim Cameron further explain: “[A] positive workplace is more successful over time because it increases positive emotions and well-being. This, in turn, improves people’s relationships with each other and amplifies their abilities and their creativity.”