There has never been a stronger focus on happiness at work in organizations all over the world than there is right now.
And this is no wonder: Happy workplaces are more profitable and innovative, attract the best employees and have lower absenteeism and employee turnover rates. Simply put, happy companies make more money.
Also, happiness at work is great for employees making them more successful, healthier and happier in private life as well.
But why exactly is that and what trends are driving so many workplaces to take happiness seriously?
At our 2018 Happiness at Work Conference I gave talk on that question and you can watch the whole thing here and get all the ammunition you need to make the case for happiness in your workplace.
In this AMAZING speech from our International Conference on Happiness at Work, CEO Garry Ridge gives you a look “under the hood” of one of the world’s most recognized brands, WD-40 Company, where 98% of employees say they “love to work.” This high engagement has resulted in a company that has doubled in revenue in the last decade, and is on a trajectory to double again in the next.
Garry shares his “learning moments” from his journey to transform the company’s culture, beginning in 1997. Lessons and principles covered include:
- The personal journey of every servant leader, and why that philosophy is critical
- The emotional connection of a greater purpose that creates high engagement
- How to carefully and consciously choose values that will be embedded in all aspects of leadership and employee development
- The difference between a “team” and a “tribe”, and why WD-40 Company strove to create a cohesive tribe that spans 15 countries where employees work
- How company performance results are directly connected to its focus on people
Watch the whole thing – it’s phenomenal!
Here’s my personal favorite quote from his speech:
Leaders are champions of hope. Life is a gift. Let’s not send it back unwrapped. We have only time, talent, treasure, and technology to deal with, and none of them are abundant. So it’s our job as leaders to help people focus on the things that really matter and to take that hope to a real result.
Are you passionate about creating happier workplaces?
We are offering two students the chance to attend our International Conference on Happiness at Work in Copenhagen in May free of charge.
All you have to do is write an essay and post it to LinkedIn or your own blog/website and then send us an email with a link to the essay.
The essay should be 500-1,000 words long and answer the following question: How can happiness at work help workplaces attract and engage young employees?
The contest is open to any student currently studying management, human resources, organizational psychology, or a related field at a university or business school. The deadline is April 27.
We already had a great program for our big International Conference on Happiness at Work in May – and it just got even better :)
The latest addition to the program is a talk by Vibeke Lunding-Gregersen and Henrik Tingleff about corporate compassion.
Compassion is an exceptional ability that made homo sapiens victorious in the great evolutionary race and its role in present day life is backed by solid scientific data. Learn how compassion directly increases happiness, health, well-being, performance and relationships as well as a few examples on, how to work with compassion in everyday life.
We have already sold over 100 tickets for our Conference on Happiness at Work in Copenhagen in May. One multinational company just bought 10 tickets, so they have a large group of people bringing back all the great inspiration, knowledge and tools.
And no wonder – this year’s program is our best ever with 12 AMAZING speakers.
Here’ an awesome writeup from a participant at our 2017 conference on happiness at work. I especially liked this part:
“The Conference has two traditions: perfect, sunny weather and energetic and ambitious participants. Luckily, this time it was no different 🙂”
And this one:
“We left with new knowledge about happiness at work and we were given precise tools we can use right away to make Tooploox employees happier.”
AWESOME! We do the conference to give people around the world the knowledge and tools they need to create happier and more successful workplaces, so we were really happy to read this.
And our 2018 conference will be even better. See the full program here.
Some people think it’s easy for a small company to be happy but hard or impossible for larger organizations. Well, John Lewis Partnership (JLP), a British company that operates department stores and Waitrose Supermarkets is here to show that it is possible.
In fact, JLPs ultimate Purpose is “the happiness of all its members, through worthwhile and satisfying employment.”
They achieve this in part by making all employees co-owners (i.e. partners), by sharing profits and by running the company in a democratic way that encourages participation in decision making.
Jane Barnett-Roberts is JLP’s Head of Democratic Engagement meaning that she leads a dedicated team who ensure that partners’ opinions from around the Partnership are heard and continue to contribute to the overall happiness of Partners.
She will bring to life how the Partnership keeps this Purpose relevant and vibrant amongst its 85,000 Partners almost 100 Years after the business was first given away in trust to its employees.
One of the highlights of our 2009 conference on happiness at work was Dr. Srikumar S. Rao’s wonderfully inspiring and funny presentation which focused specifically on the two main traps we must avoid, that keep us from becoming happy. You can see the whole speech here.And if you like that speech, you should definitely not miss out on this year’s Happiness at Work Conference on May 17+18 in Copenhagen. It’s going to be awesome – 12 smart and passionate international speakers will show us exactly how to create happier and more successful workplaces.
In this video Ken Blanchard and Garry Ridge, the CEO of WD-40 Company, explain why employees must come first. What a wonderful, enlightened vision for corporate leadership.
Garry will talk much more about that at our International Conference on Happiness at Work in Copenhagen in May.