Staff wellbeing is important for all employers – a happy workplace is a productive one, with higher staff retention and less days lost to sickness. Internal communications have an important role to play in promoting initiatives, providing outlets for discussion and facilitating networks to bring like-minded people together. The role of senior leadership and in particular the person at the top of organisation can define the approach to wellbeing.
The psychology of learned helplessness and the keys to happier living
Recently, my organisations Ability Network hosted an event on wellbeing.
We heard from Professor Frank Bond of Goldsmiths University on how to overcome learned helplessness by leading a more meaningful life. He left us with a simple task that we could all do regularly, which is to focus on your breathing for just five minutes every day. His advice was to be present and enjoy the moment.
He explained that small things such as random acts of kindness can make the recipient and the giver feel rewarded, more positive and productive.
Then we heard from Vanessa King from Action for Happiness, which is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. They want to see a fundamentally different way of life – where people care less about what they can get just for themselves and more about the happiness of others.
Their website states: “We all want to live happy and fulfilling lives and we want the people we love to be happy too. So happiness matters to all of us.”
Vanessa took us through some of the Action for Happiness 10 keys to happier living – which she explained is more of a menu than a prescription. Different things will work for different people and even for the same person on a different day.
Vanessa talked to us about life satisfaction and interestingly how The World Happiness Report results tell us that happiness is not directly increased by increased GDP. The Report is a survey of the state of global happiness. The World Happiness Report 2017, which ranks 155 countries by their happiness levels. The report, the fifth one to come out since 2012, continues to gain global recognition as governments, organisations and civil society increasingly use happiness indicators to inform their policy-making decisions.
She encouraged us to focus on what we can control and constructive responding as other people matter.
Happy reading! Let me know your tricks for happiness at work.