Why Self-Actualized Companies Achieve Higher Employee Satisfaction

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In my ideal company, all employees are ethical hedonists.

Hang on. I’m not advocating a Monday-through-Friday workplace bacchanal. 

Under the classic definition of hedonism, satisfaction and happiness result from maximizing pleasure, minimizing pain, being collaboratively productive and deeply connecting with a purpose and with your community (in a business-appropriate fashion, of course), with the end result of shaping better people — and a better company.

Think of ethical hedonism as a form of self-actualization. In the workplace, self-actualization happens when individuals — in this case, employees — feel…

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