Happy at work in six minutes

I tried something new at Reboot8: I did a PechaKucha presentation about Happiness At Work. Now there’s a video of it, courtesy of youtube:

Press play to see me introduce Happiness At Work using 20 slides, each of which is shown for only 20 seconds. The PechaKucha format is insane and a lot of fun and I’m very happy with the way my presentation came out. It’s actually a pretty good overview of the topic in just a little over six minutes.

You can also download my 20 slides from the presentation.

Who’s up for a PechaKucha night in Copenhagen sometime soon?

19 thoughts on “Happy at work in six minutes”

  1. Hey! Nice to see the video online, it was indeed a fresh and unique presentation, altough I must confess that the momment you asked us to step up, I got unsure if I was on the right place! ;)

    Hell.. Life can be so much more fun, if we only decide to make it more fun! :)

  2. Excellent presentation, and excellently done! Certainly something to be said for brief and punchy – you fitted everything well and got your message across strongly.

    (I’m planning to show this to my boss tomorrow – because while I love my job and am very happy, there’s at least one person there who isn’t …)

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  4. Alex: This is great! It’s certainly not rocket surgery, but it’s so often overlooked. I do a lot of training for introductory level supervisors in manufacturing companies and they know firsthand how difficult it is to inspire people who aren’t happy. Thanks for this short burst of happiness! Short and sweet and EFFECTIVE!

  5. Happiness at work is going on 6 weeks holiday/vacation and coming back to turn everything in to retire. I’m sitting here at work on a Sunday finishing up the last things so that I’ll not have to come back in until the day I turn everything back in at the end of February.

    Happiness at work is important! Over the years, I’ve tried to “lead” my peers and students with a positive attitude.

    However, it can be hard to maintain if the company does not support it.

    It can also be hard to maitain when workplace attrition exceeds hiring and training of replacements. That’s why I’m “leading” the exodus by retiring at the earliest possible time.

  6. Congratulations on the retirement Mike :o)

    And I’m glad to hear that you’ve been leading with happiness – even if you didn’t have your the support of your workplace. And yes, in many cases unhappiness at work leads to high employee turnover which leads to stress and overwork and more unhappiness.

    If you’re willing, I’d love to know more about your story and what made you decide to retire early.

  7. hello!i `m only eighteen and i don`t work yet,but when i`ll have a job i would like to be “happy at work“:)I really enjoyed your articles and your presentation..and i think that happy people should be anywhere,not only at work.We should all be optimistic and we should learn to see the positive things anytime, and when we have a bad day,to accept it and to try to get over it.It`s a great project and it has a very interesting subject,a subject which must become more popular.That`s all.Congratulations!!

  8. Hello There ,
    What a good video , I wish my company would listen to some-one like you . The points you raised in the presentation were absolutely correct .
    In my particular company there are so many people who don’t have a good word to say about the company . Literally everywhere i go i hear nothing positive about the company .
    I would like to point out that i am not totally negative here , my company has some good points-but not many .sadly the cons sometimes outweigh the pro’s .
    I would love to hear the complete seminar , i am sure i would become enlightened.
    cheers
    John

  9. Dear Alexander,

    I am so happy to discover your site, and want to say I am following you closely and will like to do more for the working class along this line. I know what it means to be unhappy at work, I have experienced marginalization at work before and I have learnt a lot through my study of Personnel Psychology at the Masters level. I will also like to help people get over the fear that usually held us bound to a spot. Thanks for all these great articles.

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