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Updated: 2017-05-24T09:57:47Z

 



My 8 favorite pics from our conference on happiness at work (and 1 video)

2017-05-24T09:57:47Z

Last week we had our first ever international conference with 200 participants from 19 countries and we had a BLAST. Here are my absolute favorite pics from the 2 days. Speaker Rowan Manahan channels Gene Kelly (and possibly Mary Poppins) Moderator Mikael Kamber, speaker Thomas Vibe and our Japanese attendee Hirokazu Kobayashi lead the audience … Continue reading My 8 favorite pics from our conference on happiness at work (and 1 video) →Last week we had our first ever international conference with 200 participants from 19 countries and we had a BLAST. Here are my absolute favorite pics from the 2 days. Speaker Rowan Manahan channels Gene Kelly (and possibly Mary Poppins) Moderator Mikael Kamber, speaker Thomas Vibe and our Japanese attendee Hirokazu Kobayashi lead the audience in an energizing Japanese chant. Maria Grosz comes on stage to lead the traditional post-lunch dance. Here’s how that went: class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='474' height='297' src='http://www.youtube.com/embed/yGeOeZ2EWyk?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'> The audience bows down to our final speaker (Tim Dorsett) chanting “We are not worthy.” Don’t worry, there was a point to this :) Ending the conference with confetti cannons :) The Woohoo inc team celebrates another successful conference with our moderator Mikael Kamber. Participants having a good time :) Group photo from the afterparty on Friday afternoon after the workshops. A great big thank you to our awesome photographer Gareth Garvey. You can find plenty more pics from the conference right here.  [...]



How to give 2,000 high fives in one morning

2017-05-23T11:14:30Z

If you’ve ever been to one of our keynotes or workshops about happiness at work, you know how much we enjoy a high five. But this guy has us beat. Watch him give 2,000 New Yorkers a high five in one morning. Awesome!

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If you’ve ever been to one of our keynotes or workshops about happiness at work, you know how much we enjoy a high five.

But this guy has us beat. Watch him give 2,000 New Yorkers a high five in one morning. Awesome!




Our First International Conference on Happiness at Work was a HIT!

2017-05-22T13:50:05Z

Last week we had our first ever International Conference about Happiness at Work. We’ve done 7 previous events but they were all in Danish (mostly). This year we took the plunge and made the whole event international and in English and we’re so glad we did. 200 awesome participants from 19 countries came to Copenhagen … Continue reading Our First International Conference on Happiness at Work was a HIT!

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Last week we had our first ever International Conference about Happiness at Work.

We’ve done 7 previous events but they were all in Danish (mostly). This year we took the plunge and made the whole event international and in English and we’re so glad we did.

200 awesome participants from 19 countries came to Copenhagen to learn from some great experts, researchers and practitioners and by all accounts they had a GREAT time.

In the preliminary participant feedback, 95% give the conference the highest rating.

We’ve already released the first video from the conference – my talk on The Science of Happiness at Work. We’ll be releasing more talks over the next weeks – follow this blog or subscribe to our newsletter if you don’t want to miss them.

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Using the Science of Happiness to Create Happier and More Successful Companies

2017-05-23T08:31:20Z

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. But how do you create a happy workplace? Many companies try and fail because they focus on the wrong things. Some of the best answers are found in the … Continue reading Using the Science of Happiness to Create Happier and More Successful Companies

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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.

But how do you create a happy workplace? Many companies try and fail because they focus on the wrong things.

Some of the best answers are found in the happiness science – a fascinating field with research going on all over the world.

In this talk from our 2017 International Conference on Happiness at Work I reveal the 5 most important findings from Positive Psychology and how they apply in the workplace.

We’ll be releasing more talks from the conference soon. Subscribe to our newsletter, if you don’t want to miss them.




What a day. What a lovely day.

2017-05-18T21:07:21Z

Our first international conference on happiness at work is done and WHAT a day. 200 participants from 19 countries met in Copenhagen for a day full of talks by experts and representatives from some of the world’s happiest workplaces. We will start releasing the videos from the day soon, but here’s a short video with … Continue reading What a day. What a lovely day.

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Our first international conference on happiness at work is done and WHAT a day. 200 participants from 19 countries met in Copenhagen for a day full of talks by experts and representatives from some of the world’s happiest workplaces.

We will start releasing the videos from the day soon, but here’s a short video with some of our favorite photos from the day, all taken by our amazing photographer Gareth Garvey.




Coming to our conference? Introduce yourself!

2017-05-10T12:10:12Z

Our first International Conference on Happiness at Work is only a week away. We currently have 200 participants coming from 17 countries and we can’t wait to meet all of you in Copenhagen. We would love to know a little bit more about you, specifically: One thing that makes you happy at work Your most important … Continue reading Coming to our conference? Introduce yourself!

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Our first International Conference on Happiness at Work is only a week away. We currently have 200 participants coming from 17 countries and we can’t wait to meet all of you in Copenhagen.

We would love to know a little bit more about you, specifically:

  1. One thing that makes you happy at work
  2. Your most important question about happiness at work
  3. What you most hope to get out of the conference

Write a comment below and share your thoughts.

 




Watch a true master at work

2017-04-26T12:35:08Z

When you’re that good at your job, you should show off. What are you really, really good at at work?

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When you’re that good at your job, you should show off. What are you really, really good at at work?




Being great at your work vs. feeling great about your work

2017-05-23T11:28:09Z

If we want to be happy in our jobs, we need to be good at our jobs. We human beings have a basic need to know that we contribute, create value and can make a difference and effect change in our environment. That’s why doing a good a job feels amazing. It gives us feelings like pride, accomplishment, fulfilment, growth and worth. On the … Continue reading Being great at your work vs. feeling great about your work →If we want to be happy in our jobs, we need to be good at our jobs. We human beings have a basic need to know that we contribute, create value and can make a difference and effect change in our environment. That’s why doing a good a job feels amazing. It gives us feelings like pride, accomplishment, fulfilment, growth and worth. On the other hand, when we feel that we don’t perform well at work, it creates feelings like inadequacy and lack of control plus of course fear that we might lose our jobs. And it’s also in the company’s best interest to make sure that every single employee and team is getting great results and living up to their potential. Companies typically focus on 4 areas to make that happen: Skills: Training, competencies, job skills match,  … Resources: Time, tools, IT-systems, … Structure: Organization, plans, goals, budgets, strategy, processes, … Support: Coworker+manager support, coaches/mentors, … These are all important and enable us to get results. If your workplace is not giving employees these 4 things, then how on earth can you expect them to perform well? If we want people to be happier at work, we can definitely help them get better results. We can give them better training, more resources, more support, etc. in order to help them perform better. However, many people already get great results – but don’t feel that way. And if that’s the case, then they won’t be very happy at work. This is a crucial distinction that few companies make – the distinction between getting good results and feeling good about those results. If we want employees to be happy at work, they also need the latter - and many don’t have that. When that is the case, employees may get great results right now but it won’t be sustainable. When people are not happy at work, it hurts their motivation, productivity and creativity. Stress and burnout tend to follow. So in addition to helping employees get great results, companies also need to make sure that people feel great about their results. There are 3 things that give us that feeling of results. 1: Meaning I saw this sign in the lobby of Danish pharmaceutical company Xellia, carrying probably the simplest and most inspiring company purpose I’ve ever seen. As you may know, one of the biggest current medical crises is the increasing risk of infection by multi-resistant bacteria, which are immune to traditional antibiotics. Xellia produces an antibiotic that is still effective against multi-resistant bacteria. Their research and products directly saves lives all over the world. It’s crucial that we know what we have to do at work, but  equally crucial that we know why we do it. That is what gives work meaning and purpose: when you know why you do each task and how it somehow helps someone. And it’s not enough that your work is meaningful to the organization – it must be meaningful to you. Your work must have a purpose that you believe is worthy. On the other hand, if you have no idea why your work matters and no sense that it makes any kind of a difference, it really doesn’t matter how good you are at your job – you won’t be very happy. Many workplaces take great pains to give employees performance goals to clearly show them what they are expected to do. But we must make equally s[...]



Announcing the final 2 AMAZING speakers at our international conference

2017-04-26T07:43:04Z

We have just announced the final 2 AWESOME speakers for our International Conference on Happiness at Work in May. Camilla Kring: Work-Life Balance and Flexibility Camilla Kring has a PhD in Work-Life Balance and as owner of Super Navigators, makes workplaces happier by increasing the Work-Life Balance of their employees. She will show how flexibility is among the keys to … Continue reading Announcing the final 2 AMAZING speakers at our international conference → We have just announced the final 2 AWESOME speakers for our International Conference on Happiness at Work in May. Camilla Kring: Work-Life Balance and Flexibility Camilla Kring has a PhD in Work-Life Balance and as owner of Super Navigators, makes workplaces happier by increasing the Work-Life Balance of their employees. She will show how flexibility is among the keys to well-being, and management must have the courage to address the flexibility of their company’s work culture because culture determines whether employees have the courage to make use of flexibility. The first step is to set people free from 9-5 and that work is something that only can take place at the office. Work is not a place – it’s an ongoing activity. Second, focus more on results and less on visibility. Third, give people the tools to improve their individual Work-Life Balance. Arnaud Collery: Storytelling and improvisation Arnaud is an award winning Comedian and filmmaker (NBC’s last comic standing, MTV, Fuji TV, Comedy store, Little Klaus Big World – Best comedy film Monaco Film Festival 2012). He has coached numerous CEOs in myriad industries. He’s worked with clients like Cartier, Chanel, United Nations, Novartis, Axa, L’Oreal, BMW and Renault Trucks. In his workshop Arnaud will show how we can find even more happiness in our careers, by understanding, owning and reframing our own stories. He will help you to build stronger, deeper and more relaxed relationships with your team and all those around you. The workshop will be fun and fast-paced and based on techniques from storytelling and improvisational theatre. See the full program and get your tickets here. [...]



Our next Academy is even more international than usual

2017-04-24T12:42:14Z

Our next Woohoo inc Academy on June 20-23 in Copenhagen is going to be a very international affair. We currently have participants from: Australia Canada China Czech Republic Denmark Lebanon Netherlands Portugal Switzerland UK There are only 7 seats left, so if you want to be a part of our most in-depth, intense 3-day training about … Continue reading Our next Academy is even more international than usual

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Our next Woohoo inc Academy on June 20-23 in Copenhagen is going to be a very international affair. We currently have participants from:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Lebanon
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Switzerland
  • UK

There are only 7 seats left, so if you want to be a part of our most in-depth, intense 3-day training about happiness at work, you should hurry up and book your seat now.