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
Wow. Just wow.
Tracy Sharp, a woman with Down’s syndrome, was talking to Vicki Heath, a Southwest Airlines flight attendant, on a flight she was taking and shared that her dream was to be a flight attendant herself.
Heath then did just about the coolest thing ever: She arranged for Tracy to join her on one of her flights as an assistant flight attendant. In the video above you can see just how awesome that went.
There are many such stories of Southwest Airlines staff going above and beyond (this one is my favorite) and I think it just goes to show that when employees are happy, they are much more likely to do nice things for the customers and create good memories for others.
Over 2,000 people have already taken our International Survey on Happiness At Work and we’re starting to see some fascinating results already.
The final report showing which countries are happier at work and what makes them happy will be ready in time for the International Week of Happiness At Work which runs from September 24-28.
This means that the deadline for taking the survey is September 10, so we have time to crunch the numbers.
So if you haven’t taken the survey already, please go here and do it – it only takes 4 minutes and you may even learn something about what makes you happy at work.
And please share the survey with others – the more replies we get, the more relevant the results will be.
We are compiling a database of exceptionally happy workplaces around the world.
Who do you think we should include? It can be any kind of workplace – big or small, government or private sector – as long as they are genuinely happy.
Leave a comment if you know a workplace that belongs on the list.