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.
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.
There is a tremendous amount of research that shows that happiness is great for employees AND for the company’s bottom line.
In this speech from our conference in 2017, I go through all the research and show why the future belongs to the happy.
We have already sold over 100 tickets for our International Conference on Happiness At Work in May to participants from 14 countries.
Don’t miss out on 2 great days and 15 inspirational speakers – See the full program and get your tickets here.
Workplaces all over the world focus more and more on happiness. In this short video from my opening talk at the Happiness@Work conference in Prague I talk about why.
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:
Read more and buy the book here.
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!
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.
Our next Chief Happiness Officer Academy is February 12-15 2019 in San Diego.
Here are 3 reasons why you should absolutely come to it:
- You get a deep dive into the science and practice of happiness at work.
- You get to meet, network and share ideas with other participants who are equally passionate about creating happier workplaces.
- This Academy will be especially epic, because we’re doing it at the international HQ of WD-40 Company – and they are one of the happiest and most successful companies we know.
Read all about the Academy and sign up here.