While most of our speaking gigs are for client companies and therefore limited to only their employees, we also speak at some open events.
If you want to see me speak about happiness at work, these are my upcoming international speaking gigs that are open to the public.
- June 9, HR Factory, Luxembourg
- June 14, Happiness at work event, Timisoara Romania
- June 15, CompTia Channel Meeting, Birmingham UK
- September 29, Happy People Better Business workshop, The Hague Holland
- October 19-21, Woohoo Academy, New York City USA
- October 24-25, Global Women in Leadership Economic Forum, Dubai UAE
- November 10, Happiness at work conference, Prague Czech Republic
- November 18-19, Happiness at work conference, Bangalore India
Check them out – they’re all great events :)
Last week we had our 7th annual conference about happiness at work in Copenhagen and this one may just have been the best one yet.
We had 14 inspiring speakers and 350 engaged participants to help make it a great day and as always, we filmed all the speeches and will be releasing them over the next few weeks. Here’s the first video – David Marquet’s excellent closing speech on how leaders can improve results by giving up control:
We’re arranging the first ever conference in India about happiness at work in November. We have a GREAT lineup of speakers, but we’re looking for more sessions for the two-day program.
Would you like to speak at the event? Submit your proposal here.
This may be the happiest classical music piece ever composed. And loudly popping champagne corks is part of it :)
How do you keep employees happy during a crisis, when outside circumstances create uncertainty and fear for the workplace?
Douglas Robar, one of our awesome Woohoo Partners, has some excellent reflections on this:
Sounds like for many employees the anxiety from the fear of change, the unknown, and of people they don’t know pulling the strings of their futures will be very real. Personally, I would treat this more as a pastoral counselling situation. How can you care for your people through this unsettled time?
In happiness terms, this is a time to focus on relationships. The employees (especially those on the lower levels) will want to talk. Perhaps organize meetings in small groups to talk openly about anything they wish to talk about. Speak honesty about the situation (the good, the bad, what you know, what you don’t know, etc.) and as you can, be fully transparent about your and the boss’ motives and feelings and hopes.
The idea is to build relationships with and among the employees, which is often much easier to do in the tough times when people will be more eager to share their lives and not just our jobs. Speak of fear and doubt, offer support and encouragement and strength to one another. The poncho exercise might work well to conclude such a meeting, to cement the reality that each has real worth and are bound together.
Relationships form in crises. Foster that. The results and the foundations for an even happier workplace are being laid even now my friend.
This is not only great advice, but it also fits perfectly with the science that shows that social support is especially important for us when we face uncertainty or external threats.
Unfortunately we are working against our natural tendencies here. When people face some sort of threat or crisis, we often react by becoming more selfish and by closing ourselves off to others – the exact opposite of what we need.
This CEO has a cheeky (and awesome) 45-second answer to the question “Can you prove that happiness at work improves business results?”
If only all CEOs shared his thinking :)
PS: The video has subtitles in English. If you don’t see them, press the cc button in the video player.
This experiment is absolutely fascinating – not to mention devastatingly cute :)
Given that humans have an innate preference for those who are nice and helpful, we should definitely value and celebrate those people in the workplace too – and get rid of the jerks.
I’m currently in Chile to do 2 speeches for Transbank, a credit card transaction company that is already #1 on Chile’s Great Place to Work ranking.
After my first speech, Christian Castro of Transbank sent me this video to show me a woman here in Chile, who is clearly very happy at work :)
I’m speaking at Transbank’s annual employee retreat. This year, to really recognize the importance of emotions at work, they’ve themed the event after Pixar’s awesome Inside Out movie.
I quickly grabbed the chance to dress up as my favorite character from Inside Out: