Here are some great stories from around the web from people who have discovered the importance of happiness at work. First a story from a man with real management potential:
When I get my own department to control, the first thing I am going do is ask people what they want to be happy at work. Truly happy.
My goal would be to get a group of people who loved coming in and loved being there. I would recognize the fact that people the people I hired were adults and would handle their responsiblities.
So what if they spend a day playing a game all day and taking a 2 hour lunch. As long as they get their work done on time and at a high level what difference does it make. If someone was taking advantage of it and not getting their work done, then yeah, it’s a problem. But if they are doing great work, who cares?
In my eyes I look at the results. Sure people do good work right now, but I think by making them more comfortable and making work more enjoyable they would do GREAT work. (Source)
That is the manager of the future - a person who recognizes that a leader’s first responsibility is to make people happy at work. Forget your mission statements, visions statements and corporate values - that is a manifest for great leadership right there.