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.
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.
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 :)
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:
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.