Would you rather be happy or unhappy? Seriously. It’s not a trick question.
I’m thinking—and hoping—you answered “happy.” There’s a lot of benefits in being happy, including better overall health and, possibly, higher productivity. It’s also nicer being around and working with happy people. Despite the prevailing desire for people to be (and be around others who are) happy, though, when I talk to other Digital Project Managers (DPMs) about tough projects/clients, I often hear stories of DPMs commiserating and bonding with the internal team—sharing that misery so everybody can be miserable together. After all, misery loves company, right?
That might be how the saying goes; but, whether you’re miserable alone or miserable with other people, you’re still miserable—and being miserable just isn’t fun.
As DPMs, we can do a lot to foster happier teams, happier clients, and an overall happier work life, regardless of how frustrating the project we’re working on might be. Most of the projects I’ve worked on have been fantastic (thanks Viget!); but, even great projects can have rough patches. Below are four tips for creating a happier environment when the project isn’t perfect.