Workplace satisfaction is an important topic here if for no other reason than it is one of the most common areas where the field refuses to address its collective shortcomings. But I’ll let you in on a secret: the first groups to genuinely embrace the notion of creating and, perhaps more importantly, quantifying internal value by way of workplace satisfaction and happiness will also be among the first groups to successfully move to what is colloquially known as the next level without the usual uptick in labor expense.
One of the most recent voices contributing to the value of happiness is Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Concertmaster, Holly Mulcahy, who wrote about the topic in a 2/14/14 article at Neo Classical. Titled Happiness Quantified, Humanist Qualified, Mulcahy lays out her rules for happiness within the context of a professional orchestra musician.
Her article provides a rare glimpse into some of darker recesses of internal orchestra musician culture so do yourself a favor on this federal holiday and set aside some time to give it a read.