I’m quoted in this article on Dubai’s push to introduce Chief Happiness Officers in more workplaces:
When it comes to the business of happiness, Alexander Kjerulf is an international authority.
He is the founder of Woohoo Inc, a Denmark-based firm which advises leading multinational companies on happiness at work, has written a series of books on the topic and given keynote speeches around the world.
He said he is aware of the “huge focus” on workplace happiness across the Middle East and particularly in Dubai, which he credited to its bid to become the ‘happiest city on Earth’, where it is high on the government agenda, alongside the emirate’s drive to attract top talent.
I just saw this video posted to LinkedIn with the following caption:
Salute to this runner Rei Iida, 19, fell and fractured her leg during a relay marathon in Japan but she crawled to her partner on her keens despite broken legs to pass the baton,How many of us has this passion to win and conquer the odds ?
How incredibly dumb. To hold this up as a positive example to follow is idiotic and perpetuates toxic workplace cultures that celebrate individuals who sacrifice their health, private lives and families in pursuit of their own or the company’s goals.
I think the true hero would have been:
- The runner who decides to stop the race and get medical attention
- The team mate who helps the injured runner
- The coach who stops the team right there
It also speaks to some of the most damaging myths in business namely that success can only come from suffering or that quitting is a sign of weakness. Both of these beliefs are clearly wrong and clearly bad for workers.
I doubt they teach that in med school – but maybe they should :)
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.
I sometimes hear this objection, when I give talks about happiness at work:
“Being happy at work is nice, but clearly not everyone can love their job. What about garbage men, for example?”
I hope this video can help fight that myth.
Studies clearly show that a manager’s behavior has a huge influence on happiness at work. Good leaders motivate and energize their employees and create a level of happiness that make employees go the extra mile for the workplace and the customers. Bad managers on the other hand spread frustration and stress all around them.
This Leading with Happiness seminar is based on the newest research and knowledge about Happiness at Work. It will be inspiring and with useful tools. There is a constant shift between presentation, videos, reflection, dialog and exercises.
As a leader you will also get both the knowledge and tools you need to make your people happy at work. And it doesn’t take much. Happiness at work is not about raises, bonuses, perks and promotions – it comes from simple, effective actions that any leader ought to know and do.
When & where
Wednesday November 21st, 2018 from 9:00 – 16:00 in Copenhagen.
See the full agenda and sign uo here.
I’ll be speaking at the HR Tech Fest conference in Sydney in October and in preparation, they have put together a great summary of our work headlined Workplace happiness is more powerful than you think. Read it and learn why happiness at work matters so much!
We all have good days and bad days at work and being happy at work is not just about avoiding having bad days at work – it requires having mostly good days, where we actively enjoy our work.
But how often do people around the world have good work days and what makes them good? Is it about compensation, perks and promotions – or do we value other things more?
Our brand new survey of more than 2,500 people worldwide shows how frequent good work days are and reveals their main causes.
For instance, 1 in 3 say they have a good work day every day or almost every day – while 22% experience at most 2-3 good work days a month!
Here are the most important findings from our survey.
And here’s a video where we explain the survey and the main findings:
Jonathan Mostert has written his business school thesis on Chief Happiness Officers and I got a chance to interview him about his research.
These are the questions we cover:
- The question you looked at was ‘’How do chief happiness officer make sense of their profession?’’ What interested you about that question?
- How many CHOs did you talk to? Who was your favorite example?
- Some CHOs have it as a formal role, some just create it for themselves. How did that show up in your research?
- What are some typical things CHOs do as part of their role? What was one of the best or most creative things you’ve seen a CHO do?
- How do organizations typically react to a CHO?
- What are some of the challenges of being a CHO?
- What do organizations get out of having a CHO?
- What makes a good CHO?
Why every company should have a Chief Happiness Officer