Happiness at work

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Published on February 17, 2009

Author: joeyrondc

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WHERE DO YOU WANT TO WORK? : WHERE DO YOU WANT TO WORK? Slide 2: Physical space matters. It’s easier to be productive, creative and happy at work in a colourful, organic, playful environment than in a grey, linear, boring one. And I’m not talking about the outside of the building. Many companies have buildings that are sleek, modern, architectural glass-steel-and-cement sculptures on the outside - and cubicle wastelands on the inside. These companies need to remember that most employees tend to work inside the building. With that in mind, here’s some eye candy from 10 different innovative, well-designed workplaces. Slide 3: Pixar Could you sit in grey cubicles and come up with stuff like The Incredibles and Finding Nemo? Naaaaah… And that’s why Pixar’s offices look more like this: The last picture shows a row of little huts, each of which is an office. The pictures are from this cool photo tour of the Pixar HQ. Slide 4: Kathy Sierra’s trailer Kathy Sierra, who writes one of the best blogs in existence, created her home office in a vintage trailer. What a great way to create a fun, different home office. Kathy talks about it here. Slide 5: Red Bull London Here are some pictures from Red Bull’s London office. Shiny! The last picture shows a slide that people can use to go between floors. Yee-hah! There are many more pictures here. MindlabWho says government offices must be boring. Mindlab at the Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs in Copenhagen, Denmark is a meeting facility available to all employees.The heart of it is an egg-shaped meeting room inside which all the walls are whiteboards - you can write on any surface in there. This was designed by Bosch & Fjord. : MindlabWho says government offices must be boring. Mindlab at the Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs in Copenhagen, Denmark is a meeting facility available to all employees.The heart of it is an egg-shaped meeting room inside which all the walls are whiteboards - you can write on any surface in there. This was designed by Bosch & Fjord. The Happy At Work ProjectWe (=The Happy At Work Project) wanted something simple, fun, flexible and practical for our office. The central piece is a high desk where three people can comfortably work side by side. You can stand or sit on high office chairs. Up to 8 people can meet around it. Everything you see there is from IKEA, and setting up the whole office with workspaces for 3 people cost us about 1000 euros.While it’s not as fancy as some of the other offices shown here, it works great and it shows how much you can do for almost no money - In just one room we have workplaces, meeting space and plenty of floor space for workshop exercises or plain old fun. : The Happy At Work ProjectWe (=The Happy At Work Project) wanted something simple, fun, flexible and practical for our office. The central piece is a high desk where three people can comfortably work side by side. You can stand or sit on high office chairs. Up to 8 people can meet around it. Everything you see there is from IKEA, and setting up the whole office with workspaces for 3 people cost us about 1000 euros.While it’s not as fancy as some of the other offices shown here, it works great and it shows how much you can do for almost no money - In just one room we have workplaces, meeting space and plenty of floor space for workshop exercises or plain old fun. Conference bikeThis has got to be the coolest idea in a long time. 7 people pedal along, one steers. It’s the conference bike and I want one!! While it’s not a workplace, it would make a great meeting room!! : Conference bikeThis has got to be the coolest idea in a long time. 7 people pedal along, one steers. It’s the conference bike and I want one!! While it’s not a workplace, it would make a great meeting room!! Menlo InnovationsMenlo Innovations is a software development company in Ann Arbor Michigan. They do all their programming work using eXtreme Programming, and while their offices aren’t particularly fancy to look at, they are ideally suited to the work they do.Being situated in a nice area of town, they can even take meetings outside on the sidewalk. Again, this shows that creating a fun, innovaticve office environment doesn’t require a huge budget - just a little common sense, creativity and a willingness to risk doing something different. : Menlo InnovationsMenlo Innovations is a software development company in Ann Arbor Michigan. They do all their programming work using eXtreme Programming, and while their offices aren’t particularly fancy to look at, they are ideally suited to the work they do.Being situated in a nice area of town, they can even take meetings outside on the sidewalk. Again, this shows that creating a fun, innovaticve office environment doesn’t require a huge budget - just a little common sense, creativity and a willingness to risk doing something different. What If? InnovationWhat If? Innovation were celebrated as the UK’s happiest workplace in both 2004 and 2005. I visited their London HQ last week for a grand tour, and here are some of the highlights:Looking in the window on the combined reception and meeting space. A great idea that creates a hub for everyone in the company.Praise for employees is written across the walls and ceiling in the hub area.Spider cow and a meeting room. : What If? InnovationWhat If? Innovation were celebrated as the UK’s happiest workplace in both 2004 and 2005. I visited their London HQ last week for a grand tour, and here are some of the highlights:Looking in the window on the combined reception and meeting space. A great idea that creates a hub for everyone in the company.Praise for employees is written across the walls and ceiling in the hub area.Spider cow and a meeting room. VW Phaeton plantBut what about industry? You could never create, say, a really cool car assembly plant could you?Sure you could. Check out the Volkswagen Phaeton plant in Dresden, Germany:Who says a factory has to be ugly and dirty? That plant is simply beautiful! The photos were taken from this photo tour where you can see many more cool pictures. There’s also more at the plant’s website. : VW Phaeton plantBut what about industry? You could never create, say, a really cool car assembly plant could you?Sure you could. Check out the Volkswagen Phaeton plant in Dresden, Germany:Who says a factory has to be ugly and dirty? That plant is simply beautiful! The photos were taken from this photo tour where you can see many more cool pictures. There’s also more at the plant’s website. GoogleYes, yes, I know - using Google here is almost too predictable. But they get it, dammit! Their HQ, the Googleplex is seriously cool and creative. : GoogleYes, yes, I know - using Google here is almost too predictable. But they get it, dammit! Their HQ, the Googleplex is seriously cool and creative. The upshotThe physical workspace is one of the most ignored, yet most important factors in creating good workplaces. None of the ideas shown here will apply to every company, but most companies could stand to improve a little. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money but it does take a little creativity and courage. : The upshotThe physical workspace is one of the most ignored, yet most important factors in creating good workplaces. None of the ideas shown here will apply to every company, but most companies could stand to improve a little. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money but it does take a little creativity and courage. What could your workplace learn from some of the designs shown here? Slide 14: Happiness at Work!!! Slide 15: What is happiness at work? Happiness at work matters. Tools!? What NextGen leaders do. Slide 16: Soichiro Honda Founder of Honda 1906 -1991 Slide 17: “Fun is the secret of Virgin’s success.” - Richard Branson Slide 18: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.“ - Steve Jobs Slide 19: Happiness at work is... A feeling of happiness you get at work! Slide 20: How happy are you at work? ~20% ~55% ~25% Slide 21: Anyone can be this happy at work Slide 22: It's actually pretty simple Slide 23: Happiness at work is crucial for us Because! Life Health Success Slide 24: Biggest problems Absenteeism Employee turnover Dissatisfied customers Resistance to change Stress and burnout High workload Slide 25: Happy employees Great service Happy customers Loyal customers Profits and growth Slide 26: Happiness at work Profits It's profits AND happiness at work Slide 27: Happy companies have higher stock prices 1998-2004 1984-1992 Slide 28: Think about one of your very best experiences at work. One that made you very happy! Slide 29: 1: Results Slide 30: 2: Relationships Slide 31: 1: Results 2: Relationships Slide 32: Where is your focus? Slide 33: Results Relationships Salary Physical work environment Perks Administration (contracts, policies, etc... Titles/promotions Job security Bonuses Pension Makes you happy Makes you “OK” Routines & politcies Slide 35: Happiness at work Slide 36: Happiness at work is an invitation Slide 37: It's OK to have a bad day Slide 38: Happiness at work is contagious Slide 39: My happiness at work is my responsibility Slide 40: 2. Know yourself 3. Speak up 4. Do something 5. Make others happy My responsibility 1. Choose to be happy Slide 41: What do NextGen leaders do? Slide 42: NextGen Leaders make their people happy at work Slide 43: 1. Be happy yourself 2. Know your people 3. Have time for them A leader's responsibility 4. Make others happy Slide 44: Tools! Slide 45: Random acts of workplace kindness Slide 46: Remember 3 good things every day Slide 47: Celebrate your victories Slide 48: How to make yourself and others happy! Happiness at work matters. a lot! Results and relationships Slide 49: 1. Level 5 “good morning!” 2. Praise 3 people 3. Celebrate a success 4. 1 random act of kindness A happy day Slide 50: It's your choice Slide 51: The future of Philippines belongs to the happy! Slide 52: Please share with your colleagues and together let’s help and build our workplace a HAPPY WORK PLACE…. I hope you learned something from it ? ? It’s me Joey?

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