24 episodes

How do you create a happy workplace, where people are truly fulfilled?

This podcast talks both to experts and to leaders who have done it and can share their nickable ideas.

It is based on the concepts of trust and freedom, outlined in the Happy Manifesto: https://www.happy.co.uk/the-happy-manifesto/

The Happy Manifesto Henry Stewart, Maureen Egbe

    • Business

How do you create a happy workplace, where people are truly fulfilled?

This podcast talks both to experts and to leaders who have done it and can share their nickable ideas.

It is based on the concepts of trust and freedom, outlined in the Happy Manifesto: https://www.happy.co.uk/the-happy-manifesto/

    Building and nurturing a team of A players – with Dominic Monkhouse

    Building and nurturing a team of A players – with Dominic Monkhouse

    Going from startup to scale-up takes strategic planning and insight, along with a real understanding of employee happiness. Plus, crafting great job descriptions and letting people make their own decisions once they’re in a role are key to developing a team of A players.
    Dominic Monkhouse has a distinguished career in scaling up businesses, especially within the IT sector. He successfully built two web hosting businesses from 0 to £30,000,000 within 5 years, and is an author of two books that demonstrate his insight and experience in business growth and people management.
    Dominic’s tips for a happy workplaceHire great peopleShow them the destinationGet out of the way so they can do their best work
    LinksThe Melting Pot – Dominic’s podcastConnect with Dominic via LinkedInMind Your F**King Business: The No-Nonsense Guide to Making Your Good Business Great – Dominic’s bookThe Founder's Survival Guide: Lead your business from start-up to scale-up to grown-up, by Rachel TurnerThe Jolt Effect: How High Performers Overcome Customer Indecision, by Matthew DixonHiring for Attitude: A Revolutionary Approach to Recruiting and Selecting People with Both Tremendous Skills and Superb Attitude, by Mark MurphyEmployees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down, by Vineet Nayar

    • 35 min
    Is employee happiness really a viable metric for success? with Pieter Jelle de Brue

    Is employee happiness really a viable metric for success? with Pieter Jelle de Brue

    Employee happiness makes a big contribution to a company's success, as can self-management. But how do you know what’s really working, driving the business forwards, and helping it meet its targets?
    This week's guest is Pieter Jelle de Brue, founder of digital agency Statik, a company that values employee happiness and has adopted a self-managing structure with multiple autonomous teams. They’re continuing to grow and evolve, and one of the metrics they’re currently conducting an experiment to find out if what people say about employee happiness really does have a measurable impact on a company’s bottom line.
    Pieter’s tips for a happy workplaceTrust people to organise themselves when the purpose and goals are clearRun small experiments to continuously evolve and improveValue employee happiness as a measure of success
    Links2024 Happy Workplaces ConferenceConnect with Pieter via LinkedInReinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage in Human Consciousness, by Frederic Laloux

    • 24 min
    Andrew Barnes, creator of the 4 Day Week movement

    Andrew Barnes, creator of the 4 Day Week movement

    A four-day work week doesn’t simply lead to longer weekends. When implemented right, organisations can maintain the same level of productivity, and give their employees significant – and measurable – increases in happiness.
    The four-day week challenges traditional concepts of work and productivity and encourages companies to measure output rather than time spent working. This shift in approach has led to reduced stress, fewer sick days, and enhanced team cohesion.
    Andrew Barnes is the originator of the four-day work week idea, which has now become a global movement and has been implemented in multinationals, governments, and NGOs worldwide. Andrew has written a book on the four-day week and has been involved in numerous implementation pilots in countries and companies of various sizes.
    Andrew’s tips for a happy workplaceIntroduce the four-day working weekLook after your buildingPut great art up on the walls
    LinksConnect with Andrew via LinkedInThe 4 Day Week: How the Flexible Work Revolution Can Increase Productivity, Profitability and Well-being, and Create a Sustainable Future – Andrew’s bookThe Four-Day Working Week at HappyHappy’s apprenticeships and long-term development programmesHappy’s Level 5 Global Majority Empowerment Apprenticeship programme

    • 35 min
    Building workplaces for long-term success, with Howard Yu

    Building workplaces for long-term success, with Howard Yu

    Before chasing the latest technologies or trends, organisations need to focus on building a strong foundation and core capabilities. They need a culture that encourages learning, collaboration, and transparency, and to have leadership that prioritises long-term success over short-term gains.
    In this episode, Henry is joined by Howard Yu, a renowned strategist and innovation expert, a Thinkers 50 strategy award winner, and the Lego Professor of Innovation and Management at the IMD business school in Switzerland. With extensive experience studying and analysing companies' longevity and their ability to sustain new growth, Howard is now the author of Leap, a book exploring how successful companies have been able to transform themselves and adapt to new challenges.
    Howard’s three tips for a happy workplaceDocument and share as much as possible, providing access for all employees so they can understand the decisions the company is making.Create a data-rich work environment where openly discussing and documenting failed experiments is encouraged. Capture realtime decision-making processes so everyone can learn from their mistakes.Allow independent teams to operate as micro-enterprises, or adopt Jeff Bezos’ “two pizza” rule.
    LinksConnect with Howard via LinkedInLeap: How to Thrive in a World Where Everything Can Be Copied – Howard’s bookBuild: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making, by Tony FadellThe Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, by Clayton ChristensenAmazon’s Two Pizza Rule: one simple rule for maximising meeting effectiveness

    • 28 min
    Creating freedom-centred democratic workplaces, with Traci Fenton

    Creating freedom-centred democratic workplaces, with Traci Fenton

    Creating democratic workplaces lead to accelerated growth and a culture that people love. By giving power to employees and treating them with dignity and fairness, companies can tap into the full potential of their workforce.
    Transitioning to a democratic workplace takes a specific mindset, democratic leadership skills, and the implementation of systems and processes that value transparency and accountability. But not only does it increase employee satisfaction and engagement, it can also result in significant revenue growth.
    Traci Fenton is the author of Freedom at Work and the CEO of WorldBlu, an organisation focused on democratic workplaces. Traci has been working for decades to help build freedom-centred democratic workplaces and has collaborated with hundreds of companies around the world.
    Traci believes in giving power to people and creating environments that value transparency, accountability, and the inherent worth of every individual. In her discussion with Henry and Maureen, she emphasises the transformative impact of democratic principles on organisational success, and highlights the accelerated growth and positive culture that democratic workplaces can create.
    Traci’s tips for a happier workplaceAdopt a mindset of valuing every individual's worth and giving power to the people. Treat employees with dignity and respect.Develop democratic leadership skills, including meaningful conversations, active listening, fairness, and transparency.Implement systems and processes that support freedom-centred principles, like transparency, accountability, and choice.
    LinksConnect with Traci via LinkedInFreedom at Work: The Leadership Strategy for Transforming Your Life, Your Organization, and Our World – Traci’s bookJoin Happy’s Liberating Structures Immersive WorkshopWorldBlu’s Freedom at Work scorecard

    • 28 min
    How Autonomy Leads to Profitability at Handelsbanken

    How Autonomy Leads to Profitability at Handelsbanken

    A culture of trust, empowerment and respect towards employees leads to a successful and sustainable business model, higher levels of customer satisfaction, and a happy workplace. That ethos has been key to Handelsbanken’s operation for over 40 years, and has led them to top ratings in UK customer satisfaction for 15 years.
    It also makes financial sense. The banking group has been the most profitable within its peer group for nearly 50 years.
    Bernard Charles is Chief HR Officer at the UK division of Handelsbanken, a decentralised banking environment that prioritises individual and corporate banking customer relationships. The group’s unique approach to banking includes a lack of individual sales targets and a bonus structure that is equally distributed among all employees, regardless of their position in the company.
    Bernard’s tips for a happy workplaceCultivate a culture of trust within your organisation. Believe in your employees' capabilities and trust them to make the right decisions.Provide your employees with the right conditions to make decisions in their areas of expertise. This not only creates engagement but also fosters a sense of ownership and shared purpose.Respect each employee as an individual in their own right. This includes creating an environment where everyone feels like they can bring their whole selves to work and where everyone has the opportunity to be included and heard.
    LinksConnect with Bernard via LinkedIn

    • 20 min

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