When asked what is the most remarkable aspect of his company’s culture, the CEO of HRS Invictus believes it’s the fact that everyone on the team is happy to be there. Over the years, Nikesh Patel has encountered a huge number of people who strike out on their own because they were disenchanted with their jobs, their bosses, or even the conditions under which they were expected to work.
He says that “While going into business for yourself can be a good thing, it isn’t going to be good if those employees working for you are ready to bolt at the first opportunity. Nothing comes close to stifling productivity like workers unhappy with their lot in life, and usually, that involves their jobs.”
Nikesh Patel was recently intrigued with an article on a happiness class being offered across the pond at the prestigious Yale University. The course is called “Psychology and the Good Life” and is so popular that one in four Yale undergraduates have registered for the class. Noting that this class has had more students registering for a single class in the entire 300 plus years the university has been in existence, the CEO of HRS Invictus decided to do a bit of research to find just why this course is so popular.
What he found was even more intriguing. It seems as though today’s student wants more out of life than an education and a good paying job. They want to also enjoy the life they have been given. As one student noted, it’s become more important to enjoy the people in her life instead of worrying day and night over grades and future accomplishments. Those things are important, but not if you lose sight of living in the present. Life passes you by and before you know it, you can’t remember where the years have gone.
This is a philosophy that HRS Invictus’ CEO Nikesh Patel has long embraced. Although he works hard and sometimes long hours, he also chooses to take time to enjoy life in the here and now. This is what he encourages his team to do and it has been extremely rewarding for the company and all who work together toward common goals.
He says that “Working hard is important but you can burn out quickly if you don’t take time to relax and enjoy life.” Embracing this philosophy has been one of the hallmarks of HRS Invictus’ success and one which keeps his team on the job and motivated. Since happy workers perform better, this is one philosophy more companies should likewise embrace.