39 episodes

The Happier at Work podcast is for anyone who… you guessed it, wants to be happier at work. Happier workers are more productive and have better mental wellbeing. This podcast is for CEOs, HR professionals, entrepreneurs, as well as employees. Anyone who wants to put their people first. Through interviews and solocasting, I will be covering a wide range of topics such as: purpose, dealing with conflicts at work, culture, leadership, workplace wellness schemes, engagement, bullying.

What does being happier at work mean to you?

Happier At Work Aoife O'Brien

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The Happier at Work podcast is for anyone who… you guessed it, wants to be happier at work. Happier workers are more productive and have better mental wellbeing. This podcast is for CEOs, HR professionals, entrepreneurs, as well as employees. Anyone who wants to put their people first. Through interviews and solocasting, I will be covering a wide range of topics such as: purpose, dealing with conflicts at work, culture, leadership, workplace wellness schemes, engagement, bullying.

What does being happier at work mean to you?

    38: Elysia Hegarty on the future of Wellness

    38: Elysia Hegarty on the future of Wellness

    Elysia Hegarty from CPL’s Future of Work institute and I speak about the future of wellness. We speak about work-related stress and burnout, the causes (time pressure, work overload, job insecurity, poor leadership, long hours, lack of progression, not feeling valued). The eight dimensions of wellness are: spiritual, environmental, physical, mental, intellectual, occupational, social, financial. How can our approach to wellness change for the better?

    With over 15 years’ experience in Human Resource Management and the Wellness Industry Elysia has combined her expertise to partner with businesses to help develop strategies to attract, engage and retain employees. Working within multiple sectors Elysia helps promote a healthy workforce that supports business needs and enhances productivity and engagement. She does this through a range of strategies including workshops, speaking engagements, workplace wellness strategies and diagnostic assessments. Elysia currently leads the Strategic Wellness service offering within Cpl’s Future of Work Institute.
    Links:
    Book Multipliers by Liz Wiseman - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0062699172/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_EwvgFbK5E1RC4
    Strategic Wellness Whitepaper - http://pages.cpl.com/workplace-wellness-whitepaper.html
    Reimagining Wellness Post Covid paper - https://cpl.com/future-of-work-institute/employee-wellbeing-post-covid/
    FOW Webinar Series - https://cpl.com/future-of-work-institute/perspectives-during-times-of-change-webinars/

    My social links:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    https://twitter.com/Empowerment_IE
    www.instagram.com/empowermentcoaching.ie

    • 46 min
    37: Enrique Rubio from Hacking HR

    37: Enrique Rubio from Hacking HR

    Enrique Rubio from Hacking HR and I speak about the future of work and the opportunity presented to us during this difficult time. We cover topics such as creativity at work, how there is an opportunity to allow people to be more curious and innovative. Trust featured highly in the podcast - could it be that you are not hiring the right people (because you don't trust them to do their job) or you don't have the right people in the right roles? Companies are not taking advantage of their talent. Your job as a leader is to not unmotivate and uninspire your staff. Provide a balance of support and challenge. Create psychological safety through vulnerability and transparency. Ultimately, be human at work!

    Enrique is an HR, Tech and Future of Work expert and keynote speaker and founder of Hacking HR, a global learning community at the intersection of future of work, technology, business and organizations, with thousands of members of all over the world. He came to the United States from Venezuela as a Fulbright Scholar. Prior to coming to the US, Enrique was the CEO at Management Consultants, a firmed specialized in Human Resources in Venezuela. Before Management Consultants, Enrique worked in the telecommunications sector as a Senior Project Engineer for Telefonica. He is also the cofounder of Cotopaxi, a recruitment platform focused on Latin America and the Caribbean. Enrique is a guest author in several blogs about innovation, management and human resources. Most recently Enrique worked as an advisor to the Chief Human Resources Officer at the Inter-American Development Bank. Enrique has over twenty years of experience and is an Electronic Engineer with an Executive Master’s in Public Administration from Maxwell School.

    Links:
    https://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_do_schools_kill_creativity?language=en
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/rubioenrique/
    https://hackinghr.io

    My social links:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    https://twitter.com/Empowerment_IE
    www.instagram.com/empowermentcoaching.ie

    • 54 min
    36: Henry Stewart from Happy

    36: Henry Stewart from Happy

    Henry Stewart (from Happy) and I talk about the future of work. We talk about the three fundamentals of what makes a happier workplace, as outlined by Daniel Pink’s book Drive: Mastery; Autonomy; Purpose. Mastery is about playing to your strengths – imagine spending most of your time doing something you love, and not having to do the things you really hate?! Managers should act as coaches, and be good as spotting talent and getting the most from employees. What if you could choose your own manager? Or do we really need managers at all? Autonomy is about providing clear guidelines and letting people get on with the job – when you have a choice and control over what you do and how you do it, you are happier at work. This requires a great deal of trust, a no-blame culture, the ability to learn from and celebrate mistakes.

    Henry Stewart is founder and Chief Happiness Officer of London-based training business Happy Ltd. Happy was rated one of the top 20 workplaces in the UK for 5 successive years and now helps other organisations create happy workplaces.

    Henry was listed in the Guru Radar of the Thinkers 50 list of the most influential business thinkers in the world. "He is one of the thinkers who we believe will shape the future of business", explained list compiler Stuart Crainer.

    His book, The Happy Manifesto, was published by Kogan Page in 2013 and short-listed for business book of the year.

    Manifesto download:
    https://www.happy.co.uk/the-happy-manifesto/

    30th July Conference:
    https://www.happy.co.uk/conferences-events/2020-happy-workplaces-conference/

    Leadership programme:
    https://www.happy.co.uk/leadership-and-personal-development/live-online-interactive-learning/happy-workplace-online-leadership-programme/

    My social links:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    https://twitter.com/Empowerment_IE
    www.instagram.com/empowermentcoaching.ie

    • 44 min
    35: Mike Vacanti from Humans First

    35: Mike Vacanti from Humans First

    Mike Vacanti (from Humans First) and I talk about the future of work. Let's start with what's wrong: we don't treat people very well at work! Most organisations are set up for competition rather than collaboration, and most of what we see and read is about "getting ahead" - but what if we took a different approach? Giving employees a choice in what they do and how they do it will really drive their motivation. Regarding management: allowing the best people to rise based on their ability to help others around them rise. When it comes to change, start with yourself first! Stop expecting change to come from external sources. Acknowledge and appreciate the uniqueness in yourself and others. Be genuine - share your weaknesses, development areas, low priority strengths (whatever you call them) so that others can help you with your blind spots. You need to believe in the goals of the organisation, and if you don't maybe it's not "your" organisation.

    Mike believes, “It’s more than what we accomplish – it’s who we become along the journey!”
    His mission is to Lift Others, helping people discover their potential, embrace a growth mindset and achieve at inspired levels. Mike has transformed businesses and inspired people to perform at levels they didn’t think possible.

    Mike's known as a great listener and collaborative, creative problem solver. For generating speed and confidence through innovation and transformation. His current endeavors as advisor, consultant and keynote speaker, are shifting the belief in what is possible and opening hearts to a better vision and future of business around the globe. Sharing his extensive career of invention, reinvention and highly complex business combinations, he consistently delivers on the belief that the heart of any organization is People – People drive results.

    Mike has released his new book, BELIEVERSHIP: The Superpower Beyond Leadership, and is the Founder of HumansFirst.

    Following many years in advertising and marketing, He launched early stage start-ups & led M&A initiatives for publicly traded tech companies. Five-times he was thrust into the chaos of transformation and helped people navigate the doubt, fear and chaos of significant change. His teams exceeded expectations, consistently beat the challenge, learned a lot and had some fun.

    www.mjvacanti.com
    www.humansfirst.club

    https://www.amazon.com/Believership-Superpower-Beyond-Leadership-Experience/dp/1457571277

    My social links:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    https://twitter.com/Empowerment_IE
    www.instagram.com/empowermentcoaching.ie

    • 1 hr 8 min
    34: Andrew Barnes & Charlotte Lockhart from 4 Day Week

    34: Andrew Barnes & Charlotte Lockhart from 4 Day Week

    This is an exciting episode on the Future of Work series, I speak with Andrew Barnes (for the second time) and Charlotte Lockhart – first time with two guests! Andrew and Charlotte are from 4 Day Week Global. We talk about the impact of COVID-19 on how we currently work, what this means for the future of work – remote working, flexible working and the positive impacts of this global pandemic. We also cover productivity, and the time versus outcomes trap. We speak about the challenges of flexible working – no water cooler chat, inequality when it comes to access, and impacts on corporate culture over time.

    Innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrew Barnes has made a career of market-changing innovation and industry digitisation. Most recently, in New Zealand, Andrew triggered a revolution of the entire fiduciary and legal services industries, and the transformation he has led as the founder of Perpetual Guardian has positive implications both locally and globally (as evidenced by his announcement of the four-day week, which made headlines around the world).

    The result has seen him establish 4 Day Week Global and the 4 Day Week Global Foundation with his partner, Charlotte Lockhart. Their vision for this is to provide a community environment for companies, researchers/academics and interested parties to be able to connect and advance this idea as part of the future of work. Through this work he is on the advisory boards of both the US and Ireland 4 Day Week campaigns and the board of the newly created Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford University.

    Charlotte Lockhart is a business advocate, investor and philanthropist with more than 25 years’ experience in multiple industries locally and overseas.

    As CEO for the 4 Day Week Global campaign she works promoting internationally the benefits of a productivity-focused and reduced-hour workplace. Through this, she is on the board of the newly created Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford University and the advisory boards of the US campaign and the Ireland campaign for the 4 Day Week.

    Guest links:
    https://4dayweek.com
    The event mentioned is happening on Wednesday evening Irish time (17th June) at 10pm
    https://4dayweek.com/upcoming-events
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewhbarnes/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlottelockhartnz/
    https://twitter.com/andrewhbarnes
    https://twitter.com/lockhart_charli

    My social links:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    https://twitter.com/Empowerment_IE
    www.instagram.com/empowermentcoaching.ie

    • 1 hr 2 min
    33: Kelly Monahan Future of Work series

    33: Kelly Monahan Future of Work series

    In this 3rd episode of the Future of Work series, I speak with Dr Kelly Monahan. We talk about the impact of COVID-19 on how we work; how the impact of accelerating technology, and the shift away from maximising shareholder wealth towards purpose-driven business will separate the great companies from the rest. Leaders who show compassion and confidence during this crisis will thrive. Ask yourself, how is my business adding value? with a focus on the improvements you make for customers. If you don’t know what the purpose is, just ask! Ask yourself: “how do I make others around me better?”

    Dr. Kelly Monahan is an organizational behaviorist and studies the future workforce at Accenture Research. Her research has been recognized and published in both applied and academic journals, including MIT Sloan Management Review and Journal of Strategic Management. In 2018, Kelly released her first book, How behavioral economics influences management decision-making: A new paradigm (Academic Press/Elsevier Publishers). Dr. Monahan is frequently quoted in the media on talent decision-making and the future of work. She also has written over a dozen publications and is a sought-after speaker on how to apply new management and talent models in knowledge based organizations. Kelly holds a B.S. from Rochester Institute of Technology, M.S. from Roberts Wesleyan College and Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University.


    Guest links:
    https://thebigworkplacereset.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-monahan-ph-d-18879413/

    My social links:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    https://twitter.com/Empowerment_IE
    www.instagram.com/empowermentcoaching.ie

    • 54 min

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