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Happy Country, Happy Government

Happy Country, Happy Government ? Yesterday, David Cameron outlined his plans to conduct research into what would make the people in this country happy. He has asked the Office of National Statistics to devise a way to measure people’s “well-being”. He’s aiming at creating a happy country (and therefore a happy Government). Hang on Mr Cameron, you seem to have inadvertently copied my catchphrase ! I’ve been talking about the link between a happy workforce and a happy organisation for a little while ...

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Morale Booster – Time for Yourself

I’ve just been out for a lunchtime run. The weather was awful. But I feel great now. Why ? How ? I guess it’s a combination of post-exercise endorphins and post-“not-working”-endorphins. Grabbing some ‘me’ time during the day is a really important part of how I work. I’ve just spent 1 hour not looking at my screen, not dealing with emails, not talking to clients on the phone, not being in meetings. I am able to switch off from my work during the run, ...

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Top 2 Things That Make You Happy At Work

When I tell people that my job is helping companies find out what makes their staff happy at work, I almost always get the same reaction. “But that’s obvious, it’s money that makes people happy at work!“. Cold hard cash, salary, remuneration package – call it what you like. That’s what people THINK makes them happy at work. But the data tells a different story. From years of doing this type of research, our evidence suggests that money is ...

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Employee Motivation Scheme

Just found this interesting slant on employee motivation / reward schemes. I’m not a huge fan of the traditional “Employee of the Month” schemes as these sometimes descend into which manager can shout the loudest about one of their team (and in turn the manager “sharing” it around the team). So, all in all not brilliant for morale. I’m reminded of something at my kids’ (junior) school where they have a “Posh Table” at lunch time – designed as a reward for ...

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Starting VERY Soon !

Wow – if you’re here already, you must be keen. Lots of content and great stuff arriving here really soon. Thanks for your patience. Rich

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