Category Archives: Happy companies

Meet the newest certified Chief Happiness Officers

Our latest Chief Happiness Officer Academy was a huge hit with 23 engaged participants from 14 countries who are now ready to go out and make workplaces awesome.

We were completely blown away by how engaged and passionate the group was and how open they were about sharing questions, stories and experiences.

We had a great time going through the latest research and best practices on happiness at work. We also had a fantastic visit to Irma, where their CEO Søren Steffensen gave a talk on their happy culture.

If you’re interested, the next CHO Academy is in December – read all about it and sign up here.

Here are some of my favorite pics from this Academy.

Wall of win at IKEA

Last week I did a workshop on “Leading With Happiness” for all the managers at an IKEA warehouse in Copenhagen and I have to say that it was an absolute pleasure. Like any other company, IKEA is facing many challenges and changes but this international group of 40 managers were clearly completely on board with the whole idea of happiness at work.

And while I was there, I stumbled on their wall of win – an entire wall of positive customer feedback, naming specific IKEA employees who’ve gone above and beyond.

What a simple but great way to celebrate your employees’ good work.

Free webinar June 17: The best (and worst) ways to measure happiness at work + introducing Heartcount

Most companies conduct regular job satisfaction surveys, but they often don’t work very well and fail to deliver tangible improvements to employees’ perception of their workplace.

This leads to increased unhappiness among employees and from there to lower productivity and higher employee turnover.

In this free webinar we will cover:

  • Why traditional job satisfaction surveys often fail
  • Why you absolutely should measure happiness at work
  • Better ways to measure happiness at work – ie. more often, more relevant and more valuable
  • Share specific experiences from a company that tried it
  • A very brief introduction to Heartcount – a unique new tool for measuring happiness at work

The webinar is on June 17 from 1:00 pm-1:45 pm Copenhagen time and it’s of course free. Sign up here.

This Danish CEO did something AWESOME for his staff at Christmas

Søren Steffensen, The CEO of Danish supermarket chain Irma, has a simple philosophy: The employees come first.

He also knows that Christmas is the busiest time of year for his people, so he is currently on a tour where he and his top leaders visit all 80 stores to meet the staff, drum up some energy and personally hand out Christmas presents to their people.

What a great thing for a top executive to take time to do, to show people that they’re valued.

The above pic is from one of the Copenhagen stores, where he found the actual, genuine, real Santa Claus behind the register :)

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Book review: Chief Joy Officer by Richard Sheridan

I was incredibly fortunate to get an advance copy of this amazing book and reading it brought me nothing but (yes!) joy.

It’s a fun and accessible read, but beyond that Rich’s book is also a clear call to leaders everywhere to transform their leadership so that it promotes happiness and joy rather than fear and frustration.

But my favorite thing about this book is absolutely that Rich tells you exactly how lead with joy – and that none of it is rocket science.

And you can take Rich’s advice on this – he’s done it himself and made Menlo Innovations a tremendously happy workplace, as I learned for myself when I visited it a while back:

Read more and buy the book here.

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Our clients are winning!

IT company Elbek&Vejrup celebrate their win.

How amazing is this!?! Two of our clients got first place in the Danish Great Place to Work 2018 rankings:

  • DHL Express & Aviation won in the large companies category
  • Elbek & Vejrup won in the mid-sized category

And a few other clients made it to the TOP 5 in their categories:

  • AbbVie (3rd in mid-sized companies)
  • Middelfart Sparekasse (4th in mid-sized companies)
  • Sparekassen Kronjylland (4th in large companies)

Just to make it clear: We are not taking credit for any of this – we are so proud of the work they have been doing!

Science: Happiness at work is good for employees AND the bottom line

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.