Category Archives: Conference

How WD-40 built a billion-dollar business with happiness

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.

 

Announcing the Woohoo Inc Fellowship essay contest

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.

Learn how compassion at work boosts happiness and results

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.

See the full program and get your tickets here.

People loved our 2017 conference – and 2018 will be EVEN BETTER

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.

New speaker announced for the International Happiness at Work Conference: Jane Barnett-Roberts of John Lewis Partnerships

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.

See the full conference program and get your tickets here.

Inspiring video: The two major happiness traps you must avoid

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.

See the full program and get your tickets here.

Two of the funniest ways to create a happy workplace

There are many ways to create a happier workplace but this short video has two of the funniest I’ve ever come across: ”Sexy Powersuit Day” and “The Lift of Love.”

This is from our International Conference on Happiness at Work where Tim Dorsett explained how he makes Innocent Drinks a happy workplace. You can see Tim’s full speech here.

If you want more inspiration and tools to promote happiness at work, you should come to our next conference on May 17+18 2018 in Copenhagen – it’s going to be AWESOME.