15 episodes

The world of work is transforming, through remote working, the 4-day week, and employee autonomy Great organizations put their people first.
Stephen brings you conversations with remarkable leaders and successful entrepreneurs living this reality and transforming organizations into workspaces where employees feel good about themselves. Creating workplaces where employees thrive rather than languish, should be the goal of every future-thinking company.
The future of work is happy and happy starts here.

Wow @ Work Stephen Dargan

    • Health & Fitness

The world of work is transforming, through remote working, the 4-day week, and employee autonomy Great organizations put their people first.
Stephen brings you conversations with remarkable leaders and successful entrepreneurs living this reality and transforming organizations into workspaces where employees feel good about themselves. Creating workplaces where employees thrive rather than languish, should be the goal of every future-thinking company.
The future of work is happy and happy starts here.

    14: Don’t just create a “space space” – create a “brave space" how to design your working life with Wouter Smeets from Prototype you.

    14: Don’t just create a “space space” – create a “brave space" how to design your working life with Wouter Smeets from Prototype you.

    We are all prototypes, with a lifetime of learning ahead of us. That’s the insight that led Wouter Smeets to cofound Prototype You, an organisation that runs workshops to help people work towards their ideal work experience.


    For Wouter, the office is just another tool, and moving a mouse or typing at a keyboard are not signs of productivity. And conversely, sometimes working less is the better way to achieve good, sustainable work.


    Wouter is a Dutch entrepreneur, innovator and ideas guy that loves to hang out on the beach. By reinventing why and how we work, he helps move the needle towards a society that optimises wellbeing over wealth. As co-founder of Prototype You, he helps organisations create a positive impact on employee wellbeing, happiness and productivity through programs where employees experiment towards work-life harmony.


    Links


    Connect with Wouter on LinkedIn
    Prototype You
    Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman, by Yvon Chouinard
    Happy Startup Summercamp
    The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups, by Daniel Coyle
    The Fearless Organization - Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth, by Amy Edmondson
    David Bowie on why you should never play to the gallery
    Four Thousand Weeks, by Oliver Burkeman

    • 54 min
    13: How a small supermarket is revolutionising the way we buy food

    13: How a small supermarket is revolutionising the way we buy food

    A third of all carbon emissions are created by the food system – in production, packing, distribution, and consumption. Ruth Anslow spent 15 years in the corporate sector and formed the HISBE supermarket brand to try and change that.


    Ruth is a social entrepreneur and a keen advocate of doing business for social benefit, beyond just making profit. In 2010 she decided to take on supermarkets and cofounded HISBE Food with her sister, Amy. HISBE is a supermarket chain with a difference, built on a social enterprise business model and designed to support a sustainable future for food and farming.


    Alongside running HISBE, Ruth cofounded The Good Business Club, to connect entrepreneurs who are starting, running and growing a “business for good” with the support and resources they need.


    Links


    Connect with Ruth on LinkedIn
    HISBE
    The Good Business Club
    Katie Paterson
    Living Wage Foundation
    Lizi’s granloa
    Ethical Consumer organisation
    If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito

    • 46 min
    12: Happier at Work, with Aoife O'Brien

    12: Happier at Work, with Aoife O'Brien

    Aoife O’Brien is the founder of Happier at Work, a business with the mission to support organisations in retaining top talent. She is passionate about fit and specifically how creating the right environment can help individuals to reach their full potential and support organisations to thrive.


    She partners with HR and business leaders to focus on four pillars: engagement and belonging; leadership equity; performance and productivity; and the future of work. She is a self-professed data nerd, with a 20+ year career in market research in the fast-moving consumer goods industry working with clients like Coca Cola, Unilever and Heinz to solve marketing problems using data analytics.


    Aoife has been featured by several national media platforms and public speaking events talking about imposter syndrome, fit, employee engagement, productivity, and remote working. Her podcast, Happier at Work, features a combination of interview-based episodes as well as solo podcasting, and has 50,000 listens in more than 50 countries.


    She has lived and worked in Dublin, London, Perth, and Sydney and has a MSc in Work and Organisational Behaviour, a Diploma in Executive and Life Coaching and a Certificate in Career Coaching.


    Links


    Connect with Aoife on LinkedIn
    Happier at Work
    ImposterSyndrome.ie
    Follow @happieratwork.ie on Instagram
    Follow @happieratworkHQ on Twitter

    • 58 min
    11: Life as a Chief Happiness officer, with Sarah Metcalfe

    11: Life as a Chief Happiness officer, with Sarah Metcalfe

    Sarah Metcalfe is passionate about happiness in the workplace, and she knows the positive impact this has on the customer experience. Through continuing to innovate and improve the customer journey, Sarah joined Sure Petcare in 2010, taking responsibility for the company’s customer service and guiding it through an extraordinary period of expansion and growth. She now leads a talented multilingual team who deliver outstanding customer service and happiness to all Sure Petcare customers around the world. Sarah left Sure Petcare with a Net Promoter Score of 90+ in over 20 countries.


    Sarah now runs her own consulting company, Happy Coffee Consulting to help companies create great customer service and happy workplaces. She is now a partner with Woohoo Ltd and runs the Woohoo Academy, creating Chief Happiness Officers within organisations worldwide and spreading the word that the future workplaces are those that put their people at the heart of what they do.


    Sarah is also the founder of the International Week of Happiness at Work summit which takes place each September – an international online summit with Keynote speakers at the forefront of workplace happiness sharing their insights.


    Links


    Happy Coffee Consulting
    International Week of Happiness at Work
    Humankind, by Rutger Bregman
    Maverick, by Ricardo Semler
    The Culture Code, by Daniel Coyle

    • 42 min
    10: The 4 day week, with Elena Kerrigan

    10: The 4 day week, with Elena Kerrigan

    Elena Kerrigan is the MD of Think Productive, a UK-based global company that enables organisations to reimagine how they work with productivity tools. They have helped companies as diverse as Aston Martin, American Express, Audi, Boots, GSK, Sainsbury’s and Volkswagen.


    Through their courses and workshops they help organisations reclaim time from distractions, unproductive meetings and getting emails under control. This has allowed Think Productive to not only talk the talk the talk but also walk the walk.


    Since 2011 they have worked a four-day week: paid for five days but only working four days.


    Elena shares how they have done just that and the benefits they have experienced.


    Think Productive are presently advising other UK companies who are trialling the four-day working week in 2022.


    Links


    Think Productive
    4 Day Week

    • 40 min
    9: Remote working with Liam Martin – How to do your best work from anywhere

    9: Remote working with Liam Martin – How to do your best work from anywhere

    Stephen and Liliana are joined by author, conference organiser, and remote work expert Liam Martin.


    Liam is the CMO of time tracking and productivity platform and also co-organizer of the Running Remote conference, and author of Running Remote: Master the Lessons from the World’s Most Successful Remote-Work Pioneers. He has spent 20 years working remotely before we all entered a forced world of work we never thought possible.


    In his conversation with Stephen and Liliana, he examines the impact 20th century ideas of work have on 21st century work environments, using Tesla as an example. He also unpacks the concept of asynchronous management: where platforms do the role of reporting across an organisation, rather than relying on layers of management.


    Links


    Time Doctor
    Running Remote conference
    Running Remote: the book
    ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever
    Better Help
    Juno

    • 43 min

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