Ideas

If you're looking for some ideas to start creating a happier and healthier workplace, look no further!

  • Start your meetings by sharing 3 awesome things staff did this week

  • Organize an inspirational keynote or workshop on happiness at work

  • Arrange a townhall meeting where the CEO shares why happiness at work is so important to them personally

  • Take your one-on-one meetings out of the boardroom and instead have a walking meeting - you'll be surprised by how effective and efficient it can be!

  • Attend the Global Online Happiness at Work Summit as a team

  • Make a point of getting to know your colleagues beyond the workplace

  • Create a physical or virtual"wall of recognition", where people can give praise or recognition to colleagues who have done something awesome

  • Organize a mental health first aid training course for employees

  • At the end of each day, write down 2 things you're grateful for at work (want an extra challenge? Try doing this beyond just the Week of Happiness at Work, and turn it into a daily/weekly habit)

  • Offer yoga and/or meditation breaks every day for those interested in participating

  • Start an initiative to help your team celebrate small wins

  • Start measuring happiness at work in a tangible manner

  • Start mapping the employee journey

  • Start a volunteer project together as a team

  • Organize a workshop or training session on preventing burnout and managing stress

  • Talk to management about what they can do to make this a happier workplace

  • Play a game to get to know each other better, like "Personality Poker" or the "Choose Happiness at Work" game

  • Organize drinks with your colleagues

  • Have lunch together as a team rather than at your desks

  • Start a book, cycling, walking or other social club

  • Hang a new joke by the coffee maker every day

  • Come up with a way to visualize the goals of your organization or team in a fun way, and keep track of your progress

  • Tell your colleagues what you like about them

  • Learn to give good feedback, and do it!

  • Make a point to say hi to your colleagues in the morning

  • Do a random act of kindness for someone

  • The list goes on!!!

 

Want more inspiration? If you're looking for something in particular but you don't know how to get started, reach out and let's chat!

happy@cloud9to5.ca

Recommended Books

Here are some of our favourite books on happiness at work. This list is by no means complete, so if you know of an awesome book that we've missed, please let us know so we can add it!

  • The Happy Manifesto, Henry Stewart
  • Turn the Ship Around, David Marquet 

  • Maverick, Ricardo Semler

  • The No Asshole Rule, Robert Sutton

  • Drive, Dan Pink

  • The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor

  • Unlocking Happiness at Work, Jennifer Moss

  • The End of Procrastination, Petr Ludwig

  • The progress principle: Teresa Amabile/Steven Kramer

  • Put your people first, Monika Hilm