Human Relations & Resources Paradigm

The Human Relations & Resources paradigm masquerades under many names: Corporate incentives, Employee motivation, Loyalty programs, and Employee rewards. A quick Google search produced no less than 276,000 hits touting programs and products designed to make your employees happier, more satisfied, and of course the bottom line, more productive. These incentive programs represent an overall weak attempt at implementing the pedestrian facets of this organizational communications paradigm.
A happy worker is a productive worker. When the worker has a nice work environment ? a pleasant office with ergonomically correct furnishings ? then the worker will work harder for you. Take the Novell campus, for example. Six buildings covering a generous parcel of well-landscaped land, complete with a stream, a path for running and walking, a cafeteria for grownups with a variety of flavors and choices, a gym with showers, a basketball court, a soccer field, and a sand volleyball pit. Ah, happiness is everywhere and the satisfied Novell employee has rarely a need that might take them away from their work environment.
Creating this level of environmental happiness also means the worker is freed from the day-to-day cares that might cut into her work day.
A happy worker is socially well-adapted to the corporate climate. She knows the corporate vocabulary, the hidden nuances, and the unspoken jokes. She fits into the corporate environment and she wants to fit in because how she sees herself is entangled with how well she fulfills her position at work.
A happy worker is paid well; however a generous paycheck by itself is not enough to keep her happy. Her work allows her to explore her creative potential by solving problems and making contributions that count. She firmly believes that she has something important to offer that will help the organization succeed.