Here’s another great and simple tool for creating better coworker relationships from our Czech Woohoo inc Partner Michal Srajer.
In this video he describes how he used Google Groups to help employees at IT company Avast connect around shared hobbies and passions.
This fosters better workplace relationships, cross-team collaboration and better teamwork.
We are always looking for cool new ways to create happiness at work, and one of our clients just came up with one that is not only fun but without a doubt the cutest we’ve seen so far.
We got this email from Mikkel from Advice, one of our clients in Denmark:
I work at Advice – a communications company with 120 employees. We recently booked a keynote with Arlette from Woohoo Inc. which gave us a lot of inspiration to increase happiness at work with big and small initiatives throughout the company.
One coworker was particularly inspired by the idea of doing random acts of workplace kindness, so she persuaded her team leader to let her arrange a happiness café one regular grey October afternoon.
Here, coworkers found 8 cute Golden Retriever puppies as well as coffee and a huge cake buffet. Everyone got a chance to pet and play with one of the cute little furballs and the event was “the talk of the town” all over the company.
What a cool and fun idea. Here are some more photos to give you a sense of the event:
Would this work in your workplace? Have you ever done something similar? How do you create happiness at work?
Write a comment and share your best ideas.
If you don’t have a good relationship with your manager, you will never be happy at work. But how can a workplace ensure that every employee has the right manager – someone they trust, like, respect and communicate well with?
London-based training company Happy have come up with a radical but simple solution: Let every employee pick their own manager.
That way, anyone who is not happy with their boss can simply pick a new one. Incidentally, bad bosses quickly find themselves without employees, eliminating that particular problem.
In this inspiring speech their founder Henry Stewart shares how they do it along with two other great practices that have made Happy so… happy :)
Michal Srajer, one of our Partners in Prague, is currently travelling the world and interviewing many different people for his podcast about happiness at work. His first interview was with me and you can hear it here.
His second podcast features Søren Lockwood, the CEO of SEB Pension in Denmark, who took his company of 300 serious financial professionals in dark suits through a transformation that has resulted in happier employees, lower absenteeism, happier customers and better results.
You can hear the podcast here:
Søren Lockwood also spoke at our conference this year in Copenhagen, where examined the classic question of whether you can prove that happiness at work is good for the bottom line. He gave the best answer EVER:
Complete this sentence: “When it rains, the price of umbrellas goes __.”
If you guessed up you’d be right in most places. But at IKEA stores, you’d be wrong.
Here’s how they price their umbrellas depending on the weather:
Yes, on rainy days, umbrellas are cheaper :o) What a nice way to make customers happy.
This is no coincidence – happiness matters at IKEA. Their founder, Ingvar Kamprad, once said this:
Work should always be fun for all colleagues. We all only have one life. A third of life is work. Without desire and fun, work becomes hell.
To me, this attitude only makes sense. Making your employees happy makes the business more profitable and making your customers happy keeps them coming back.
It ain’t rocket surgery, and fortunately more and more companies are figuring this out and committing themselves to happiness at work.
This is just too cool: Every month, financial-services company Motley Fool selects a random employee who gets 2 weeks off and $1,000. Their mission is to spend those two weeks on whatever they want with zero contact with the office.
They do this to show employees that it’s OK to balance work and life and not overwork yourself to death.
This CEO has a cheeky (and awesome) 45-second answer to the question “Can you prove that happiness at work improves business results?”
If only all CEOs shared his thinking :)
PS: The video has subtitles in English. If you don’t see them, press the cc button in the video player.