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Need some inspiration for the International Week of Happiness at Work?

In our toolbox you will find useful tips, ideas, and plenty of inspiration to put happiness at work on the map in your organization

Checklist Happiness at Work

Does your organization want to dedicate special attention to work happiness during the Week of Work Happiness? With this checklist, we help you get started on the first steps

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Checklist Happiness at Work

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A couple of tips for you!

First and foremost: do it together!

  • Find ambassadors to work together with
  • Determine why you are going to do this, what do you want to solve or contribute to.
  • Why do you find work happiness important?
  • What goals do you want to achieve? Is work happiness a goal or a means?
  • Write, draw, or sing it… That helps you check if you’re on the right track.

Make sure you have the right knowledge

  • Make sure you know what you’re talking about, there has been a lot of scientific research done and plenty of practical experience on what works and what doesn’t. If you pick up the wrong things, that won’t lead to the desired result. And it’s a lot harder to get disappointed people back on board. What you need is knowledge, tools, and energy!
  • Start measuring in your organization how happy employees feel from day to day. So this is not the same as the annual Employee Satisfaction Survey (work happiness and job satisfaction are two different concepts, with different inputs and outputs).

How are you going to approach it? Is this a one-off or a sustainable change?

  • Will you regularly do something (small), so that there is attention for work happiness over a longer period? Be careful not to get stuck in superficialities and small, nice things. Fruit at work doesn’t make anyone truly happy.
  • Or are you starting to implement work happiness as a business model? Then you’re working systematically on helping people become happier themselves, developing personal leadership. And you’re working on a culture and structure where work happiness belongs. Want to know more about how to approach that? Follow a training to become a work happiness expert.

What can you do? Our best ideas

  • Organize a work happiness breakfast on Monday morning
  • Arrange a town hall meeting where the CEO explains why work happiness is personally important to him
  • All sign the Work Happiness Manifesto (also available as a poster) or create your own manifesto
  • Host an interactive inspiration session about work happiness during lunch (need a speaker?)
  • Set up a challenge, such as a feedback challenge or a vitality challenge (or join one of the challenges during the Week of Work Happiness)
  • Organize a team lunch where everyone brings something (e.g., a favorite childhood dish or something that represents their family)
  • Hold a discussion about what work happiness can bring to you and how you can achieve more work happiness in your team(s)
  • Start measuring work happiness during the Week of Work Happiness: want to try our measurement tool? Contact us.
  • Organize a discussion on the pros and cons of work happiness
  • Create a “work happiness moments” wall, where everyone posts their moments of work happiness with sticky notes, photos, or notes
  • Arrange a workshop on preventing burnout and managing stress
  • Spend an afternoon watching inspiring TED talks with your colleagues
  • Begin mapping out the employee journey
  • Clean up the office, distribution center, store, hospital, or wherever you work together—pick up all the litter (it feels good!)
  • Start a vegetable garden next to the office or on the roof for your own tomatoes
  • Organize a Lego Serious Play session to talk about work happiness, values, or purpose
  • Give a workshop at an elementary school about your organization
  • Place three compliment cards on each desk for colleagues to give to one another
  • Write a manifesto about what you stand for and what is really important to you as a team (need an example or help?)
  • Play Personality Poker to get to know each other better
  • Spend an afternoon working for a good cause with your team
  • Start a book, knitting, cycling, or walking club
  • Have coffee with the company next door and invite them back (with cake, of course)
  • Post a different joke every day by the coffee machine (or a thought-provoking quote)
  • Find a fun way to visualize the organization’s goals and track progress
  • Invite a yoga instructor for a lunchtime session
  • Start the day with a challenge (e.g., planking)
  • Tell your colleagues what you like about them
  • Learn to give good feedback and do it

Not sure yet and want to brainstorm? Feel free to email info@happyoffice.nl to schedule a Zoom/call appointment.