Book Title: Joy to You and Me (at Work!) by Amy Thornton
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 179 pages
Genre: Self-help, Business
Publisher: Tell-Tale Publishing Group, LLC
Release date: June 5, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 1 to 19, 2018
Content Rating: PG (This book is for ages 16+, so there is the occasional “damn”, “hell”, and “ass” thrown in as far as language, but nothing worse than that.)
Are you one of the 48% of employees worldwide who doesn’t like their jobs? Do you feel constantly stressed at the office? Or maybe you’re just feeling “blah” about your job and want to bring some life back into your workplace. If you talk to anyone about their careers or jobs these days, most of the time you won’t hear positive stories or excitement. You’ll probably hear words like “busy”, “stressed”, “exhausting”, and “mind-numbing.” And with the good old 40-hour workweek becoming a distant memory for many of us, this reality is just plain sad.
Joy to You and Me (At Work!) helps turn these situations around by giving the reader easy tips they can implement quickly to start making a positive difference in the workplace. Being joyful isn’t just a “fluffy-cutesy-nice” thing to do each day – it actually increases productivity and is good for any company or organization. The book helps anyone learn how to:
– Be a more joyful person
– Bring joy to co-workers
– Bring joy to customers
– Bring joy to networking
This fun, easy-to-read guide shows people of all ages and personalities how to make a difference immediately to make not only themselves happier, but to spread that happiness throughout the workplace – and beyond!
By sharing stories from the author’s 25+ years of making a joyful difference in the workplace and examples from truly kick-ass companies, Joy to You and Me (At Work!) is a life-changing, fun read for anyone who wants to improve their work life.
Amy Thornton Shankland, GPC, has been bringing joy to her workplaces for over 25 years thanks to her innate enthusiasm. She is a former Dale Carnegie instructor, has been a grant professional for 17 years, is a former columnist for the Noblesville Daily Times, and is a current board member of Noblesville Main Street.
Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook
I asked Amy a question and was happy to get her fab response.
In you book you make many references to Salesforce. Why did you choose to highlight them for their joyful practices?
I had the pleasure of working with some folks from the new Indianapolis Salesforce office from 2016-2017 when the Link Observatory Space Science Institute employed me. Right off the bat, I noticed their energy and enthusiasm. I got to the tour their office and took in its unique atmosphere. Employees were dressed nicely but casually. There’s a meditation room for people to take a break and get centered when they need to. The office colors are soothing earth tones. The entire place was spacious, light, and welcoming.
Later, I learned these are just some components of the company’s Ohana culture. CEO Marc Benioff learned about Ohana, the concept of family – blood related, adopted, or intentional – while on vacation in Hawaii in the late 90s. Mr. Benioff built Ohana into the company’s core and it shines in all they do to this very day. Employees constantly support one another. This kindness and caring also spreads to their partners, customers, and members of their communities.
Employees have lunch and learn sessions – I even presented one of these sessions when I worked for the Institute. They get SEVEN paid days off to volunteer each year. A workout center is located right in their building. I could go on and on, but you can read more examples in my book and online.
With this joyful Ohana culture, it’s no surprise that Salesforce is probably the #1 Customer Relationship Management company in the world.