Management 3.0 Module: 12 Steps to Happiness

Learn employee engagement activities for happiness at work (and in life!)

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Worker happiness is one of the best-known ways to increase employee motivation. When we are happier, we are usually more productive, right? And we are certainly more innovative and collaborative teammates. But it’s just not always clear how to make our employees happier.

This Management 3.0 Practice of 12 Steps to Happiness draws on the experiences of Daniel Gilbert’s Stumbling on Happiness, Zappos’ Delivering Happiness, Shawn Achor’s The Happiness Advantage and the stories of day-to-day businesses to offer you concrete ways to increase worker happiness — and perhaps increase your own happiness as well!

There’s no doubt that worker happiness is a complex topic. Add to that how happiness at work is affected by external forces like family, friends and health, just how our jobs flow outside the nine to five to affect those other elements.

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The Management 3.0 Worker Happiness Module prepares you to tackle this challenging but essential leadership topic with the scientifically backed 12 Steps to Happiness:

Management 3.0 in Action: Which companies are creating a happy life for their employees by using the 12 Steps to Happiness?


Eat Well: TypeForm

Instead of providing an all-you-can-eat buffet, as so many big-name companies do, TypeForm offers one extremely balanced lunch a day, including a vegetarian option, and only has local fruit and water for snacks.

And listen to Typeform’s, Head of Home Team, Gabriela Cantu, as she speaks with Happy Melly’s podcast about why their company puts so much emphasis on fostering a human connection in the workplace. How do slippers at work, plants instead of walls and having a ‘barceptionist’ all contribute to creating a unique and optimal work environment?

Socialize: Mobile Jazz

Why work in the same place all year round if all you need is a strong Internet connection? Not only does Mobile Jazz encourage remote working (one of their employees is currently traveling around the world), they foster experiencing and socializing as much as possible. Every year the startup organizes several month-long company retreats, where they rent out a villa so that everyone can work and be together. Past trips have included Bali, Thailand, the Swiss Alps and Cape Town.

Thank: Cyberclick

“Every Monday we eat lunch together as a team and end the meal by giving an internal example of one of our values that was seen in the previous week,” says Kelly Rogan, digital marketing strategist at the startup Cyberclick. Kelly says giving thanks allows their team to always look for the positive and to live out their values every single day.

Hike: Redbooth

Redbooth project management software has a monthly step competition. With a dangling carrot of a mere $25 Amazon gift card, they’ve sparked a healthy competition that gets teammates cheering each other on and gets a team of mostly developers out in the beautiful Californian and Spanish sun.

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Experience: Agility Scales

Agility Scales is all about experience through experimentation and continuous adaptation. Paula Cassin says one thing to experiment with is to “make time to experience the happiness you brought with you during your day. Listen to Paula on our Happiness at Work Podcast about how her company puts experimenting and iterating at the forefront of what they do.

Socialize: Lean Change Management

Jason Little, a Management 3.0 facilitator and founder and author of Lean Change Management says he wasn’t sure what to do with the fact that he was 70 percent introverted, until he delved into the power of influence through organizational social networks.

“We underestimate how important it is when it comes to influencing change in our organizations,” Jason said.

Download the 12 Steps to Happiness poster to display at the office or home!

Now we encourage attendees to create their own Action Plan for Happiness. And we offer you tools for how to measure the that happiness, like the Happiness Door.

This module helps you encourage employee engagement and happiness by helping them realize that happiness is a decision and mindset, all about being present in the moment.

Want to meet peers who are looking to make workers happier? Want to influence change management so everyone can be happy at work? Attend a Management 3.0 Workshop today!

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Check out our Leadership Resource Hub to learn about all the Management 3.0 practices. And don’t forget to read the whole book on Managing for Happiness!

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