Watch what happens in this experiment where some researchers in Vienna made two dogs complete the same task but only “paid” one of them. It’s pretty hilarious :)
Yesterday I participated in the Copenhagen March for Science – part of a global movement to celebrate science and the role it plays in our live.
It was tremendously cool to march through the streets of Copenhagen along with hundreds of other science enthusiasts and it’s easy to see that it has never been more important to encourage the use of science in public policy given the challenges we’re facing (especially climate change) and the current unscientific and populist tendencies we’re seeing in some countries.
And the same goes in business. Many of the most widespread practices in business and leadership have been repeatedly proven wrong in studies and yet they persist. Here are some of my favorite examples of scientific findings that are being soundly ignored by many companies:
- Performance bonuses demotivate people
- Competition leads to worse results
- Permanent overwork kills people and hurts results
- Putting time pressure on employees hurts results – happy employees do better work
- Higher CEO pay leads to poorer performance
Don’t take my word for it – click each link above to see the research behind it.
Leaders and businesses need to know the science AND apply it. Ignoring this research is hurting employees and the bottom line.
Our next Chief Happiness Officer Academy in Copenhagen in June is already sold out with 25 participants from 14 countries and a long waiting list. Sign up here, if you want to be notified of future CHO Academies and learn all about the science and practice of creating happier workplaces.
But the good news is there are still tickets available for our big International Conference on Happiness at Work in May. It’s going to be 2 amazing days with a ton of inspiring speeches and workshops.
Kristian Fischer, The Global VP of Professional Services at Tradeshift just changed his title to Chief Happiness Officer. Here’s how he announced it:
Yes! Finally got a new a new title – and I’m loving it already…
Strongly inspired by a great new book by Alexander Kjerulf I have taken a decision to change my title to (CHO) Chief Happiness Officer.
And that basically means that my main objective will be to make my colleagues happy. And if they are happy, so are our customers.
And if my customers are happy, I’m happy. And when I’m happy, so is my family.
What’s not to love…
How awesome :)
Here’s my article on why every company should have a Chief Happiness Officer.
Danish CEO and entrepreneur Peer Krogh had one main message for his employees:
”The most important thing is really this:
Have you made someone smile today?
If you have, you’ve done a good job.”
He passed away in 2013, but the company still has that message written in the office and on badges like the one you see above.
What a great example of Leading With Happiness.
Good leaders put happiness first! Here’s a very short summary of my presentation on “Leading With Happiness” in The Netherlands last month.
Are you passionate about creating happier workplaces?
We are offering two students the chance to attend our International Conference on Happiness at Work in Copenhagen in May free of charge.
All you have to do is write an essay and post it to LinkedIn or your own blog/website and then send us an email with a link to the essay.
The essay should be 500-1,000 words long and answer the following question: How can happiness at work help workplaces attract and engage young employees?
The contest is open to any student currently studying management, human resources, organizational psychology, or a related field at a university or business school. The deadline is April 27.
We already had a great program for our big International Conference on Happiness at Work in May – and it just got even better :)
The latest addition to the program is a talk by Vibeke Lunding-Gregersen and Henrik Tingleff about corporate compassion.
Compassion is an exceptional ability that made homo sapiens victorious in the great evolutionary race and its role in present day life is backed by solid scientific data. Learn how compassion directly increases happiness, health, well-being, performance and relationships as well as a few examples on, how to work with compassion in everyday life.
The channel has a ton of popular videos on happiness at work and we regularly add new ones.
Here are three of our favorites:
- 5 surprising results from the science of happiness at work
- Two simple and cheap ways to make your employees happier
- Happiness at work on a nuclear submarine
Thank you :)