If you have 4 pencils and 7 apples, how many pancakes will fit on the roof?
Because aliens don’t wear hats.

Real Life Questions for Your Employees:

Ask your employees what their current level of job satisfaction and happiness is.

  1. Do you dislike going to work so much that Sunday night is ruined when you think about Monday?
  2. Is cleaning the house more appealing than going to work?
  3. Work’s not great, but it’s a little better than looking for another job.
  4. The job is great. It would be perfect if a couple of people would go away. (No names—just sayin’).
  5. I’m so excited to get to work that Sunday evening just drags on.

Key: People ranking at a 3 or under are probably blaming the company for their unhappy days at work. Most likely it is not the organization’s fault; it’s the people within the company that make each other dissatisfied. They probably enjoy what they do--they simply haven’t been trained to deal with the downside in a positive fashion.

People ranking at a 4-5 are in a position to help the 1-3’s reach up to their level by using some enjoyable methods of personal mind-set implementation which will train others to achieve performance excellence.

Academic Questions:

What are you doing to help students be happy and charitable in the work place? Are you teaching them real leadership skills that will work outside of the classroom and will lead to a rewarding career placement? Will employers recognize that new graduates from your institution are more highly qualified than those from competing universities? Ask your students these questions:

1. What is the most important attribute they are seeking from job? 

          a. Power 

          b. Money 

          c. Status 

          d. Upward mobility 

          e. Personal satisfaction & GOAL Achievement

KEY: A student who selects “A-D” is going to be a detriment to the company. A student who selects “E” will likely end up with “all of the above” in the organization of their choice.

2. What are the student’s top 5 strengths and what relevant activities can they show an employer without divulging their GPA or their educational background?

KEY: If a student can’t “wing” this answer in less than 60 seconds, he or she is not prepared to work for a great company--maybe a bad one with really horrible lighting and low pay.

Personal Questions to Ponder:

  1. Answer the personal career satisfaction question under corporate questions for giggles (ranking 1-5).
  2. Write down how much you make a year

Key: the number you selected attached to your income is a direct correlation of how much your happiness is worth to you and your family.

Example: If you make 25k per year but you rank at a (5) (extreme personal satisfaction). You’re the bomb. Welcome to the upper level of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

If you make 125k per year but you rate yourself at a (1)(extreme dissatisfaction), there might be something really wrong with your life. Hey, maybe you’re old enough to retire soon. (smile).

Ask yourself today how much your personal happiness is worth!

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