It seems I am starting a whole new career at the tender age of 47 years! Just two weeks ago the director of nef (the new economics foundation) threw a party to celebrate that I had been there for 10 years. It was (for me) a lovely event as people I have worked closely with over the last decade said some nice things about me and then we had a party down the pub! But it was also a bit more that just saying carry on as it is also a time of change in my work. I moving away from working so much on government policy (we have a great team at the centre for well-being doing precisely that) towards working with businesses and organisations.
Over the last 3 years I have worked with nef consulting developing a set of tools for promoting happiness and well-being at work. No one wants to go to work to be miserable so are there things we can do to make work happier? To this end we are launching a new happiness at work survey tool with out US partners called Delivering Happiness. In addition I am personally going to start running (so-called!) Masterclasses on the topic. I am not sure I am really a ‘master’ (it brings to mind Yoda from star wars to me!) but I guess over the last decade we have built up a huge body of work and experience in this new field so we have some frameworks that others can start to use in their work immediately. So they are offered in that spirit – that we have some ideas – and participants have their in-depth experience of working. Together we can learn about the practicalities of promoting happiness and well-being through our work.
Specifically the first “masterclass” will be on Tuesday 27th March 2012. We will cover:
- The science behind well-being at work
- The business case for investing in well-being
- nef’s model of well-being at work
- An introduction to the happiness@work survey
- Training on how to make sense and interpret results
- Tips for facilitating conversations with teams and organisations
- Ideas for designing interventions to address challenges