Happiness is a customised Widget .
Each one is hand made.
Many people set off for work each day to make the Happiness Widget.
For themselves. Or their boss. Or their boss's boss. Or their spouse. Or their parents.
Making the Happiness Widget tailored for another is difficult.
Making the Happiness Widget fitted for two is almost impossible.
It's why work is so hard for some.
No boss says: 'Here's your desk. Pay day is every second Thursday. Make me happy.'
No worker says: 'Thanks boss. Make me happy. Make my Mother happy.'
Yet many of us measure the success of our labour by how it makes someone else feel.
(I tried once and failed.)
Or expect their boss to make their happiness.
Of course if happiness is the express Widget - then that's clear. Challenging, but clear.
If we choose to make Happiness our Widget then that's up to us.
Just don't expect the boss to reciprocate.
The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia recently agreed:
'[The provision of job satisfaction, a sense of identity, self-worth, emotional well-being and dignity] may indeed be amongst the consequences of having a good job in a company run by good management, something to which every employee would aspire. However, emotions such as senses of identity, self-worth and dignity are felt in the breast of the employee, are highly subjective and would, necessarily, be felt to differing extents by different employees within the same working environment. I do not believe that the common law has come close to making the employer responsible for emotions of this kind, or to giving legal consequences to the fact that they are not generated in a particular situation.'