How do you know if your team is happy?

Happiness Door

Collective happiness and collaboration comes from being able to share the good, the bad and the ugly. That’s why at Management 3.0 we’re all about asking for timely, specific and honest feedback.

Happiness Door

Some companies place importance on measuring the happiness of their employees and they often do this by conducting detailed monthly surveys or asking for feedback during the annual performance appraisal. Neither option is successful for getting a pulse on their organization.

So how do we combat this?

The Happiness Door combines team collaboration, employee engagement, and open and honest feedback. Like the Feedback Wall, the Happiness Door is often comprised of Post-It notes with feedback written on them. Like the Happiness Index it assumes that people can act as the best gauge of their own happiness levels.

What is the Happiness Door used for?

The Happiness Door should allow people to give feedback quickly. Feedback at the end of a presentation, training session business meeting, or any other social interaction.

Where to place the Happiness Door?

The Happiness Door should be strategically placed, for example, next to the exit of the room. Preferable a place where everyone walks past when a meeting, conference, or a training session ended.


All participants must understand the scale of the Happiness index used on the Happiness Door. If you are using numbers like 1-5 make sure to define if the 5 stands for good or bad. Alternatively you can draw your scale by using weather indicators or emojis. Anything goes as long as it is clear for everyone in the room.

At Management 3.0 Workshops the Happiness Door is usually placed in an easily visible space where people are encouraged to give feedback. It can be a general thanks or more specific as in why you didn’t like a certain exercise. Have you tried it out already?

All feedback shared on the Happiness Door is anonymous, yet made public. The idea of the door allows people to more freely post while they’re entering or exiting the room. So you want to think of a place that’s easily accessible and one that will catch people’s attention, thus inciting them to share their feedback.   

How to use the Happiness Door?

There are no hard rules for how to play, so just have fun with it and get creative. Experiment and learn!

For example, one company we know of takes pictures like cartoons or prints emails from clients and posts them on the door. Think outside the box as much as you can, the aim is to encourage open and honest feedback among your teams.

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