Happiness and Humans
By Matthew Phelan
We share research, data, evidence and the stories of people focused on making work more human.
Host: Matthew Phelan
Co-Founder The Happiness Index / Author Freedom To Be Happy / TEDx Speaker
Author of Freedom To Be Happy
Founder of the Happiness and Humans Community.
Happiness and HumansApr 14, 2020
Information Flow, Clarity & Employee Engagement | Steve Bianchi
Steve Bianchi Chief People Officer at ECARX, sits down to tackle the tough subject of Information Flow, in this final part to the Clarity theme trilogy.
People need to have access to the right information to enable them to do their jobs effectively. This needs to include primary information for task execution and supporting information to provide context. The contextual information offers room for more creative ideas as to how task responsibilities can evolve
Resources, Clarity & Employee Engagement w/ Gemma Shambler
Gemma Shambler Head Of People at The Happiness Index sits down with Matt Phelan to discuss the topic of Requirements/Resources within the theme of Clarity.
Each person needs to understand exactly what is expected of them in their role, an area classically explained in the job description and including key tasks and responsibilities. Importantly, such documents should be dynamic and evolve over time, keeping pace with the person’s learning and ability to contribute.
Organisational Impact, Clarity & Employee Engagement | Fiona McDonnell
Fiona McDonnell International GM/ Board Advisor / Author /Speaker /VP Booking.com sits down with Matt Phelan to chat all things Clarity, specifically 'Organisational Impact' People have the opportunity to contribute more widely when they can see the bigger organisational picture. Understanding how their own role fits into the wider process flow of the end-to-end business encourages cross-functional consideration and ideas, avoiding the missed opportunities of siloed thinking.
Collaboration, Enablement & Employee Engagement
Dan Sodergren, Founder at AI Marketing Course, joins Matt today to delve into the world of 'Enablement', more specifically the topic of 'Collaboration'
Collaboration with other teams outside of the immediate job role context can open up opportunities for wider creative contribution and more effective teamwork across the organisation.
Resources, Enablement & Employee Engagement
Sope Agbelusi joins us today! The Executive Coach & Founder of Mindsetshift chats to Matt about how to give your people the resources they need to thrive. People need the right resources to be available to fulfil their responsibilities. This includes having access to the appropriate tools, systems and support services, as well as enablement through education and training.
Workload, Enablement & Employee Engagement
Today's special guest is Azzy Aslam, Performance Habits Coach at Comentra! Here to chat to Matt about the Neuroscience theme of 'Enablement', specifically 'Workload'.
The level of workload and the degree of challenge within it needs to be sufficient to keep the person engaged but not overwhelmed. Listen on to find out more!
'The Happiness Index' Book Launch & Employee Happiness Conference
This episode, we switch things up and Matt is being interviewed by THI Community and Events Exec, Kashi Chellen
Listen on for all the things you need to know about upcoming release of Matt's book 'The Happiness Index' and the book launch!
Team Dynamics, Relationships & Employee Happiness with Arlette Bentzen
On this episode of Happiness&Humans we have the incredible Arlette Bentzen, Chief Happiness Officer at Arbejdsglæde nu, talking about 'Team Dynamics'!
The term line manager might sound like an outdated term these days but no matter how flat your internal org chart is, there will be some kind of power dynamic in play and these relationships will impact the happiness of your employees.
Personal Relationships & Employee Happiness with Cathy Courtenay
Matt sits down with Cathy Courtenay Certified RLT Coach at Conscious Relating Coaching, to discuss all things 'Personal Relationships' There is a particular dynamic around teamwork that can give us a sense of community and collective bonding. Being able to connect with a team provides a vital social ingredient to our emotional needs and gives us the opportunity to feel that we belong.
Energetic Connections, Relationships & Employee Happiness W Tony Latter, Clive Hyland & Laura Page
Feeling energetically connected to our colleagues is that sense of just understanding each other. We are on the same wavelength and naturally click.
People and Happiness Assistant at The Happiness Index, Tony Latter, Co-founder & Chief Platform Officer at The Happiness Index & Clive Hyland, Head of Neuroscience at The Happiness Index & Founding Partner at Make Sense, sit down to chat about why energetic connections are so important in relationship building.
Acceptance, Freedom & Employee Happiness with Hannah Litt
Autonomy, Freedom & Employee Happiness with Matthew Knight
Authenticity, Freedom & Employee Happiness with Jenn Lim
To discuss all things Authenticity.
Authenticity in this context is a state of human expression, whilst Acceptance is the response we get. Being allowed to be authentic allows people to access their deepest talents and passions and enables them to offer their whole selves, rather than a diminished shadow shaped by judgement and prejudice.
Career Progression and Employee Happiness with Ben RainforthGott
Challenges & Employee Happiness with Njabulo Mashigo
CHRO of the year and board advisor Njabulo Mashigo discusses the association between challenge and employee happiness.
Personal Development, Personal Growth & Employee Happiness with Andrew MacAskill
We are designed to evolve and grow, whilst standing still results in stagnation and inflexibility. People therefore need opportunities to expand their experience and expose themselves to new learning. This helps us feel engaged. Experiencing novelty is an important element of keeping the brain alert.
Andrew MacAskill CCO at Fraser Dove International and LinkedIn change maker shares his expertise on personal Growth and Person development.
Energetic Connections and Employee Happiness with Tony Latter, Laura Page & Clive Hyland
The Happiness Index internal culture team of HR pro Laura Page, Co-Founder and technologist Tony Latter and Head of Neuroscience Clive discuss the impact of energetic on our working relationships. Feeling energetically connected to our colleagues is that sense of just understanding each other. We are on the same wavelength and naturally click. In the calmer state this is empathy, and when we are energised this can become a team that would describe themselves with terms such as buzzing or alive, a natural unforced state of understanding, togetherness and bonding.
Work, Life, Balance, Harmony & Employee Happiness
This is another area that has hugely been impacted by the pandemic and the digital revolution. With everyone carrying a phone with more computing power than the first spaceship that carried humanity to the moon it can be hard to balance our work and our private lives.
Work life harmony covers whether or not people feel that they are in a state of reasonable balance in terms of juggling their work and personal /family commitments and emotional needs. Excessive work pressure will cause difficulties in personal relationships and will limit people’s capacity to recover their energy.
Trust, Safety & Employee Happiness with Phil Burgess
People need to feel trust to be able to commit themselves emotionally to an organisation. They need to feel trusted and be able to trust those they work with. Our sensory intelligence system constantly surveys our environment and is very sensitive to factors such as tension, suppression, dishonesty, and insincerity, all of which are inhibitors to human expression and contribution.
Work Environment & Employee Happiness with Natasha Wallace
People need to feel that their physical working environment is safe, that it poses no danger either in terms of conditions or access. It also includes emotional safety, such as freedom from bullying, prejudice or psychological abuse.
Open Source HR with Nadia Vatalidis
Head of People Nadia Vatalidis sits down to share her wisdom with our host Matthew Phelan who is co-founder of The Happiness Index.
Nadia discusses her career in working in the fast pace tech world. Nadia shares insight from her career and her thoughts on building in public. This episode is wide ranging and covers a wide spectrum from inclusion through to advice on how best to support your people.
This episode is packed with new ideas and practical advice on how to build a thriving workplace culture for your people.
Feedback & Employee Happiness with Karen Robinson
Karen is a senior business leader with 15 years exp. Karen is a mentor, coach and trainer. Karen gives her expert view on how to give and receive feedback.
Regular feedback is a vital component of emotional sustainability and growth. Getting timely and relevant levels of feedback, delivered with appropriate skill and care, can be a critical personal development opportunity, helping people to keep on track on their own meaningful journey.
Employee Listening & Employee Happiness with Margot Slattery
Happiness and Humans Host Matt Phelan Interviews Global head of Diversity and Inclusion and Belonging at ISS on the importance of employees feeling listened to.
When we express a thought or feeling it is important to us that our views are heard. This is a subtle, yet critical, experience that helps us understand our impact on the world. Not being listened to is a form of sensory deprivation that is emotionally destabilising and can make us feel unsure about who we are and whether we are important.
Recognition & Employee Happiness with Simon Berry
Simon is one of the world's most respected and knowledgeable experts in both employee recognition and reward. Simon also helped design the Employee recognition impact Index that sits within The Happiness Index's Employee Engagement platform.
Recognition informs us that we are doing things right, which in turn gives us a sense of emotional validation. This is not limited to more formalised recognition schemes and rewards, but is the much wider and richer tapestry of human to human acknowledgement expressed at an authentic interpersonal level.
Building the UK's latest Tech Unicorn with Sultan Saidov
Soft landing during job cuts with Walter Peterscheck
The last 3 years have been a tough struggle for many individuals and organisations alike. The financial strain has resulted in many layoffs being made and this episode is a learning opportunity for all of us. A huge shout to Walter for sharing his personal experience with the Happiness and Humans community.
The Architecture of Happiness with Timothy Lomas
HR, Happiness and Psychology with Dr Hayley Lewis
Mood, food & sleep with Laurentia Campbell
12 Millions Lessons in Happiness with Matt Phelan and guest host Kashi Chellen
Kashi Chellen takes over as Happiness and Humans host to interview Matt Phelan on his TedX Brighton talk. The talk is titled 12 Million Lessons in Happiness. Matt uses a concept called The Super Happiness Suit with in built emotional deflector field to discuss what has been learnt from data collected by The Happiness Index via their Employee Engagement and Happiness Platform. The talk covers learning from 1 million human beings from over 100 countries.
Subjective Wellbeing Research with Amanda Henwood
Amanda's research focuses on exploring the links between well-being, cognition and behaviour.
Amanda uses a mixed methodological approach, combining field and lab experiments, to investigate potential well-being related mechanisms underpinning people’s responses to online cognitive and behavioural interventions, with a focus on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. To do this, Amanda draws upon insights from different disciplines including, psychology, computer science, human computer interaction and behavioural economics.
Wellbeing; happiness; behaviour change; mental health; cognitive behavioural therapy; new technology
Death and Happiness Tracey Smith-Atkins, Robert Black & Alex Rowlands
Matt Phelan from the Happiness Index an employee engagement and happiness platform sits down with Tracey Smith-Atkins, Robert Black & Alex Rowlands to discuss what it is like to work in a job where death is a daily part of the employee experience. We discover we can learn from this sector from the perspective of a CEO, HR professional and a Technology evangelist.
Entrepreneurship in Space with Bianca Cefalo
Bianca Cefalo of Space DOTS sits down with Matthew Phelan to discuss entrepreneurship, happiness and new space.
Bianca discusses her career, organisational culture, her co-founders and what it is like to be an entrepreneur in the space industry.
Space Scientist & Engineer
Developing the next generation of telecommunications in space, and advocate for girls in STEM.
Happiness in Space with Melissa Thorpe
Melissa Thorpe is the inspirational Head of Spaceport Cornwall and sits down with the Co-Founder of the Happiness Index Matt Phelan.
Melissa discusses her career, her leadership tips, how kindness is an important part of success and also gives insight on how to start a career in the Space industry. Melissa discusses her twin passions of nature and space and how they plan to run a UK space port that supports the local Cornish community by being considerate to their neighbours in Cornwall and the wider planet.
This episode is packed with advice on how to rise to the top and still be a great human being by being an empathetic leader.
Inside The Happiness Index's crowdfunding campaign with Matt Phelan and guest host Pat Phelan
In this episode guest host Patrick Phelan who is a Happiness Index founding employee interviews Co-founder Matt Phelan on The Happiness Index's crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs. Pat asks Matt the following questions.
What makes you happy?
What is crowdfunding?
How does it work?
Can people still get involved?
What does the future of THI look like?
This episode is perfect for anyone looking to become an investor or for people trying to understand how crowdfunding platforms like Seedrs and Crowdcube help businesses raise cash to fund their growth plans. Capital at risk.
You can find more details here on the campaign https://www.seedrs.com/the-happiness-index
Employee Happiness with Executive HR Director Njabulo Mashigo
Matt Phelan the Co-Founder of The Happiness Index and host of the Happiness and Humans podcast asks Njabulo the following questions.
What makes you happy? What is your number one career learning? What’s been your biggest mistake in your career? What tips do you have for someone starting a career in HR? How important is employee happiness to you?
The Future of Work with Dan Sodergren
Toxic masculinity with Lewis Wedlock
Work from Happy With Jason Lancaster
We discuss the impact of this move on his career, happiness and performance. This episode will make you stop and listen to your emotions. This is a story about the Isle of Tiree, this is a story about career happiness.
A career in HR with Ben Rainforth-Gott
Leadership and Feedback with Karen Robinson
Karen will help you find your voice in the workplace and make a difference without compromising your values or falling over with stress.
In this episode of Happiness and Humans Matt asks Karen the following questions;
What makes you happy?
Why does leadership need a rebrand?
Who do you work with?
Why is feedback important?
How to give and receive feedback?
Leadership is a behaviour with Steve Rush
Matt asks Steve the following questions
What makes you happy?
Do the fiance sector care about their employees?
How did your Leadership podcast go so crazy?
What is the The Leadership Cake?
What is leadership?
Is leadership nature or nurture?
What can we learn from The Green School with Kate Druhan
Green School's mission is a 'Community of learners making our world sustainable' and is so much more than a school - it is a community where all members - students, staff, parents, volunteers and the surrounding community - come to learn and engage in various social enterprises, such as Green School's innovation hub (makers space), Kembali (Green School's resource management centre) to help build and educate on sustainable solutions for the future. Green School's tailor-made campus includes beautiful wall-less bamboo classrooms, specifically designed to encourage play, creativity, collaboration and facilitate learning.
The Happiness Index Co-Founders Tony Latter, Chris Hyland and Matt Phelan review
Mental health & ethnicity with Adam Shaikh
Adam Shaikh helps us unbox mental health and ethnicity. Adam helps draw the line between mental health and ethnicity and shows us why that is important from personal experience but also my macro data.
- Studies show Black, Asian and other ethnic minorities reported a 14% deterioration in their mental health from April 2017 to April 2020; for whites it was 6.5%
- The numbers are even more harrowing when you look deeper. A study from Mind shows that for every white person with schizophrenia, there are nearly three Asian and five Black people
- Covid-19 has exacerbated these issues. The death rate amongst people of colour in English hospitals has been 2.5 times higher than their white counterparts.
"Stuck between a rock and a hard place you can feel culturally homeless, like an incomplete jigsaw puzzle. For me, the dysphoria of being half Indian, half Bengali, wholly British yet unilingual brought me to this juncture. For most of my life I have felt Asian amongst Brits and British amongst Asians, never truly fitting anywhere. I caveat this with the progress we have made around racial discrimination. Multicultural Britain has enabled me to lead a rich, vital and fulfilling life whilst being brown which is not something I take lightly. I am proud to be British and it’s from a place of patriotism I believe we can do better"
Ending career based misery with Andrew MacAskill
Andrew discusses his mission to End Career Based Misery. Andrew a career experts talks openly about getting fired and how it was the best thing that happened to him. Matt and Andrew discuss tips for your career and how you can become happy in your career and life. Andrew describes himself as a Father, Career Coach, Guinness lover, Business Advisor, Speaker, Author, Founder, Positivity Dispenser and Official LinkedIn Changemaker for Careers and Unemployment.
Owning Your Career & Being Yourself with Fiona McDonnell
Two Mirrors and a Cheetah will help you to challenge the assumptions and choices that hold you back, and inspire you to find real career fulfilment just by being yourself. Providing insights, examples and simple exercises, this book will equip you to:
- Understand and showcase your unique capabilities
- Identify the contexts that help you to thrive
- Recognise and successfully navigate change
- Deal with challenges like the ‘bad’ manager, the job hunt and the promotion
- Define your own work-life rhythm
Bereavement and Happiness with Emily Cummin
incongruous feelings when a loved one dies and the importance of having a bereavement policy at work.