Our next Academy is nearly sold out

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Our next Woohoo Academy in Copenhagen on June 21-24 is nearly sold out. We currently have 20 participants from 8 different countries, making it a very international affair.

So if you want to be a part of our in-depth, intense 3-day training about happiness at work, you should hurry up and book one of the last 5 seats.

And if you can’t make it to Copenhagen in June, the next Academy is on October 18-21 in New York.

A very happy dancing teacher

This is fantastic. From the video description:

RCA students and founder Ron Clark decided to accept the dance challenge over the weekend. What was meant to be a quick and fun video turned into an international sensation, receiving over 60 million social media “likes.” The video is an example of RCA’s efforts to show that by meeting students where they are you set them up for success.

 I love it.

 

When the organization is facing tough times, focus on relationships

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.

Happy at work in Chile

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:

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Check out the amazing work our partners are doing around the world

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We currently have partners in 15 different countries and following the amazing work these companies do fills me with pride. It is beyond amazing to see so many people all around the world committed to promoting happiness at work. Here are just a few recent examples – all of these took place within the last month or so.

If you are looking for someone to help your workplace become happier and more successful, you should absolutely talk to one of our partners. And if you’re thinking that you might like to do the same kind of work, we are looking for more partners.

Argentina

Our partner in Argentina spoke at an international conference on happiness at work. Here’s an excerpt of his speech:

Germany

Workplace To Be in Germany  is tweeting 100 tips for more happiness at work:
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Follow Annika here or see her excellent TEDx talk here.

Holland

One of our Dutch Partners, Happy People Better Business, arranged an entire conference about happiness at work in The Hague. Here’s an overview of the day:

Mexico

Avive in Mexico spoke and exhibited at an event in Mexico City. Here are some pics from their booth:

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Australia

Brett Leadbetter, our man in Australia, introduced these cards at a client:

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Here’s his explanation:

I have just used this with a school where we presented a ‘Happiness at Work’ Day earlier in the year. I placed a pile of these cards anonymously, with a few gifts (fun stickers, pencils, erasers) for a teacher at the school, encouraging them to continue the ‘crime-spree’ – about to find out the results. We have used them in the past as a ‘unofficial gauge’ of the culture of a school – sometimes this tells us more than the official opinion surveys!

Staff don’t need to spend money, just come up with a way to make someone’s day – we’ve had cars washed, playground duties covered (a big one with teachers!), sometimes bringing someone a coffee or cup of tea on a busy day works well.

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Another one of our Dutch partners, Toptimism at Work, made this beautiful video:

Denmark

Bloch&Østergaard just revolutionized performance reviews for one client by changing them to a network-based model. Here’s how they did it:

Yesterday we killed the annual boss/employee appraisal-and-development-plan meeting for on of our clients, and replaced it with a network-based mentor-board approach for development and well-being for employees.

We wanted to remove the hub-and-spoke approach to development planning, and replace it with sincere care and advice from people in the organization, that knows what you’re working with, how you approach it, and how well the interaction with colleagues is handled.

We started two months ago by mapping the organisational network structure, (who do you work with, who do you get sparring from, who do you get energy from, and who do you talk to about private matters), from which we have established mentor boards for each employee, consisting of two people from the network, that you yourself have pointed towards in the net work analysis. The mentor board will then help/coach you and support you in your development, gather feedback from the network, and strive to nurture well-being. Results and relations must be discussed on each “board meeting”, and happiness at work is explicitly part of the templates and material.

Will it work? I think so. It was received by one of the most experienced male specialists in the group with the words “this is brilliant!”

How incredibly awesome!

Serbia

Vega IT arranged a relay race for charity not just for their own employees but for all IT companies in Novi Sad. 184 runners organized in 46 teams participated.

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Turkey

Power of Happiness in Turkey just had their second annual international conference about happiness at work. I spoke at the first one but it looks like this one was even more awesome:

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