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The 5 Secrets To Workplace Happiness

When I met Jennifer Rawlinson from Flourish in Mind I just l loved that she does such amazing work around mental health and wellbeing and was chuffed that she agreed to contribute this blog for us.
Over to Jen…

I recently trained as a Happiness Facilitator with The Museum of Happiness. I can now take this new knowledge into the organisations with whom I work and share the skills to develop happiness.

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions” Dalai Lama

Our brains have evolved to keep us safe. They are always on the look out for danger as a way of protecting us. Which is why it can feel that we are often looking at the darker side of life. This is also where stress and anxiety can be triggered. We therefore have to be proactive around our own happiness. Almost like re-training our brains!

When people are happier in work, that fosters much improved working relationships between individuals. People will be more engaged and more productive. You will also be spending less time managing grievances, absences and performance.

When people are happy, and they have leaders who believe in them and recognise them for their achievement; this is where real personal growth happens too.

Here are my 5 tips on how employers can help their people flourish and feel happier at work!

1)     Education

Help people to understand the things which promote happiness and life satisfaction, and how to practice them. Some ideas of how you can do this are: 

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2)   Gratitude- the power of thank you

Gratitude is not just about being thankful for the things you have but thanking those around you. A simple thank you, acknowledging individuals for what they have done can go a long way! It gives them the feel-good factor and feel a sense of achievement and a sense of purpose, as well as being beneficial to your own personal sense of gratitude too!

3)     Get to know your people

What they love, their interests, about their family, even their favourite chocolate bar. I have seen first-hand the impact of sending someone their favourite chocolate bar. There’s not just the joy of receiving something in the post, but that you remembered something personal about the individual. This can help trigger feelings of connection associated with the happy hormone oxytocin.

4)     Unleash creativity

Creativity can help raise happiness levels in many ways. Doing something you love and enjoy helps us to stay in the moment, distracting us from unhelpful thoughts which can trigger stress and anxiety. Creativity can also help us express ourselves and our emotions which can often be difficult to put into words. There are so many ways you can bring creativity into the workplace whether that be through workshops for your team to bring them together- how about an art lesson or a woodwork session where everyone will create something to take away by the end of the workshop? Or changing the format of some meetings to take a more creative approach?

5)     Skill share

Give individuals the opportunity to learn new skills and share existing skills. This is a great way to build relationships. At the same time, you are developing the skillset of individuals, giving them a great sense of achievement. And for those sharing their skill set they are giving to others. Both of which improve our overall sense of wellbeing as well as happiness.

While we shared some tips and ideas to get you started, we always recommend a wellbeing strategy. This allows a measured approach enabling you to understand what really works. This increases impact in the future and in a more cost-efficient way.

If you are unsure where to start with your wellbeing strategy- we can help, it’s what we do! Feel free to drop us an email to arrange a no obligation chat

More about Jen

Jennifer is a coach, trainer and happiness facilitator (with the Museum of Happiness.) She has a diploma in corporate wellness and is a licenced provider of Mental Health First Aid training with MHFA England. She helps organisations with their workplace wellbeing strategy, ensuring the training and workshops that she delivers have lasting results and help to create real culture change. Enabling workplaces where all individuals can flourish.

With a 13 year background leading large teams of over 120 people in the corporate world, Jennifer knows too well how difficult it can be to keep all the plates spinning. Understanding that looking after employee wellbeing is only one single part of the job and therefore is very pragmatic in her approach.

‘We’ve all been on those fabulous training sessions, and we had a lovely day. But then once we’re back in the office, we go back to doing things as we did before.’ This is why Jennifer has such a focus on workplace wellbeing strategy. This is where the real change happens. Training and workshops develop the skills in people, but it is the strategy which helps to change a culture.

Jennifer works with her clients in different ways ranging from Mental Health First Aid training, to line manager training, equipping them with the skills to effectively support and signpost their team members. Through to general mental health awareness sessions designed for people at all levels within an organisation. As well as bespoke workshops and courses tailored to the specific needs of the organisation. To give you a taster of just some of the things Jennifer has been working on with her clients in recent months:

  • A 2 hour online interactive workshop to build resilience. Sharing a ‘selection box’ of tools and techniques and immersing delegates in the practice of each of these within the session. Each delegate creating their personal resilience plan as we worked through the session for immediate implementation afterwards

  • Strategy sessions with clients 121 to support, facilitate and build a robust and inclusive wellbeing strategy for the year ahead

  • A 2 hour webinar Introducing The Better Balance Technique. Aimed at those working from home (some or all of the time.) To help them become more productive when working, but ,most importantly being able to effectively switch off and create boundaries after work. The workshop delves into the science behind mindfulness and meditation as well as productivity techniques. Perfectly blending the two aspects together to create a technique which enables individuals to have a better work and home life balance. Encouraging happier and healthier individuals!

If you would like to learn more, and how Jennifer can support your workplace wellbeing culture she would love to chat- no obligation, relaxed and friendly!