33 episodes

The HappyWays podcast shares down-to-earth advice on crafting a better workday for yourself and the people at your workplace. Hosted by Jon Kjaer Nielsen, a veteran speaker and published author on happiness at work, this podcast will give you the insights to be happier at work.

In the shows you'll hear findings from science as well as inspiring stories from individuals in organizations that have taken steps to create a happier and more successful workday. The podcast is relevant to anyone looking to improve on the quality of their workday by taking small steps that work. Managers, leaders and human resource professionals who want an alternative to the "usual suspects" of business books will also find the podcast useful and with specific actionable advice.

Jon Kjaer Nielsen holds a Master of Science degree from the Technical University of Denmark, has a background in Human Resources and has been an independent consultant and speaker since 2006.

HappyWays Podcast | Happiness at Work | The art of loving your job, for employees and managers alike Jon K. Nielsen, M.Sc., expert and speaker on leadership and happiness at wo

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The HappyWays podcast shares down-to-earth advice on crafting a better workday for yourself and the people at your workplace. Hosted by Jon Kjaer Nielsen, a veteran speaker and published author on happiness at work, this podcast will give you the insights to be happier at work.

In the shows you'll hear findings from science as well as inspiring stories from individuals in organizations that have taken steps to create a happier and more successful workday. The podcast is relevant to anyone looking to improve on the quality of their workday by taking small steps that work. Managers, leaders and human resource professionals who want an alternative to the "usual suspects" of business books will also find the podcast useful and with specific actionable advice.

Jon Kjaer Nielsen holds a Master of Science degree from the Technical University of Denmark, has a background in Human Resources and has been an independent consultant and speaker since 2006.

    HW 032: Happy Henry interview

    HW 032: Happy Henry interview

    Henry Stewart founded and runs Happy, a London-based training company. The company has purposefully been moulded into a happy workplace, and in this episode Henry shares some of his secrets. We discuss good and bad managers, e-mail tactics, giving people freedom, not making decisions and dealing with whining and complaining.

    You can read Henry's blog and download his books for free at http://happymanifesto.com.

    • 43 min
    HW 031: Goals and resolutions that work

    HW 031: Goals and resolutions that work

    Each year in January millions of people struggle to meet their New Years resolutions.
    Struggle and fail. In this episode, Jon from http://happyways.com deconstructs goal setting and resolutions, and takes a different approach: Try with a theme or a direction instead of a fixed goal.
    Recomended on the show:
    The book "Goal-free living" by Stephen Shapiro:
    https://www.amazon.com/Goal-Free-Living-Have-Life-Want-ebook/dp/B008NC0U4S
    A short TEDx talk on 30-day challenges:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnfBXjWm7hc
    Martin Seligman at TED talking about positive psychology. This is where he drops the comment that you can loose 10% of your body weigth on any diet:
    http://www.ted.com/talks/martin_seligman_on_the_state_of_psychology
    Do you have a comment or a question for Jon? Email him at: jon@happyways.com

    • 27 min
    HW 030: TEDx talk: The Powerful Difference of Happy Work

    HW 030: TEDx talk: The Powerful Difference of Happy Work

    This episode features the audio recording from the 2012 TEDxSquareMile conference in London, where your host Jon Kjaer Nielsen from http://happyways.com gave a 10-minute talk of happiness in the workplace.
     
    For the video, go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BK5FnBHTl9A
     
     
    Do you have a comment or a question for Jon? Email him at: jon@happyways.com

    • 14 min
    HW 029: Being Trumped, and dealing with it

    HW 029: Being Trumped, and dealing with it

    Jon does a short episode about how he chose to handle his motorbike getting stolen.
    Chosing neither anger nor sadness, he looked ahead and chose action and a positive mindset, thereby harnessing what is called the undoing effect.
    What follows is a small attempt at drawing a parallel to the election of Donald Trump for President, and how people react in that situation.
    All the while trying to avoild making political statements. Did he succeed, or did we just witness the trainwreck of podcasts? Judge for yourself.
    For more on Trump and the consequenses I recommed the other podcasts mentioned on this show:
    Common Sense with Dan Carlin
    Waking Up with Sam Harris
    Do you have a comment or a question for Jon? Email him at: jon@happyways.com

    • 16 min
    HW 028: On the incompetetence of bosses, and others

    HW 028: On the incompetetence of bosses, and others

    Jon goes back to sharing facinating findings from science on this episode. This time it all recolves around incompentece.
     
    In this show you'll learn the priciple of Hanlons Razor, saying simply:
    "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity,"
    Next up is the Dunning-Kruger effect, which helps explain why people act incompent and never learn. Both principles will then be applied to you worklife, and to the behaviour of your boss and others.
     
    Mentioned on the show:
    Author Shrikumar Rao: http://theraoinstitute.com/
    Steve Jobs on the most important findings in life:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR--5Gv8kXA
    Will Smith dishing out the keys to life:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_Z0l-E8Qxk
     
    Do you have a comment or a question for Jon? Email him at: jon@happyways.com

    • 22 min
    HW 027: Hacking Productivity for Happiness part 3

    HW 027: Hacking Productivity for Happiness part 3

    This is part 3 in a series on personal productivity. For an expanding article with tips and show notes, go to http://happyways.com/productivity
     
    Building on part 1 and 3, Jon shared insight from brain science that shows that your ability to make descicions is rater limited. It's called Excecutive Ressource, and you really should safeguard it better.
    Later, Jon looks at how working in intense sprints can be the key to reaching ambitious goals, as opposed to slogging away at a marathon.
    Finally, Jon reads chapter 14 - The Thirty-Day Challenge - from his upcoming book with 100 Ways to Happiness at Work.
     
    For an excelent and short TED video on this idea, see this video:
    https://www.ted.com/talks/matt_cutts_try_something_new_for_30_days
    Do you have a comment or a question for Jon? Email him at: jon@happyways.com

    • 24 min

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