Welcome to The Happy Works!
Glad to see y’all here! The Happy Works’s purpose is to help build happy and healthy workplaces. We do this by providing guidance for organizations and individuals who believe that happiness and well-being at work matter as much as we do.
Why Do Happiness and Well-Being at Work Matter?
You get it. Whether you do the important work in the People & Talent (HR) Department of a company, lead a team of talented people, or have had the courage to follow your dream and start up your own business, you want your employees to be happy. Not only because it is a pretty thought and nice thing to do for them but also because you know that happy and healthy employees are more productive and impact your bottom line.
Many studies have shown that investing in employee well-being leads to multiplied savings in costs related to absenteeism, medical costs (see for example here), and employee turnover. Happy employees get sick less and they stay with you longer which helps you save in hiring and onboarding costs. Happy employees also achieve better results than unhappy employees. They serve your clients better, they are more productive, and they show more resilience in difficult times. No matter how talented people you hire, they are not going to reach their top results if they dread Mondays.
Getting it is the first step. But how do you take action and turn your employees into happy and healthy high performers?
Unfortunately, there is no magic pill. Workplace well-being and happiness is not about a monthly team lunch or Friday happy hours. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with a cold drink after a week of hard work. But to create a truly happy workplace takes a lot of time and effort and requires a long-term commitment from everyone. In order to succeed, you need to make happiness and well-being everybody’s business in the organization.
Who Is Responsible for Workplace Well-Being and Happiness?
At The Happy Works, we believe that well-being at work is everybody’s business. Both, the organization and the individual employees, are responsible for well-being and happiness at the workplace.
The organization is responsible for ensuring for example that the work environment is safe, that there is no bullying and harassment at the workplace, that the right people are hired for the right roles, that the internal processes are designed from the employees’ perspective, and that the employees have all the tools and resources they need to complete their work.
On the other hand, individual employees are responsible for taking care of their own well-being, choosing an organization that shares the same values with them, and picking a job that fits their strengths and goals. When you are in the right role, working for the right organization, you will be happier, healthier, more motivated, and perform better which will help you to reach your professional goals.
We also believe that there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to happiness at work, as different things make different people happy. Therefore, it is important for each employee to know what makes them happy, and for the organization to make sure the employees’ needs are met.
My name is Anni Eline, and my passion is to help organizations and individuals to build a happier and healthier workplace. Originally from Finland, I have built my career in Germany, Texas, and Spain.
I first discovered my passion for creating happiness and well-being at work (and for country music, but that’s a story for another time) while working for a small digital marketing agency in Houston, Texas. In a small company, I had the opportunity to learn a lot about different things, even outside of my Marketing Coordinator job description. Among these things were hiring and training new team members, designing and implementing new processes and workflows, and improving the company policies. I absolutely loved this part of my job! I loved seeing the positive impact that I could make in the company and in the team. I will be forever grateful to my managers in this company for helping me to find my passion and supporting me to follow it.
When I moved back to Europe, I decided to gear my career toward HR and career coaching because I believed that to be the way I could help more people to be happy at work. I have gathered a well-rounded experience in talent acquisition and people development. I have recruited a completely new team from scratch, onboarded and trained new employees, coached groups and individual job seekers from recent graduates to experienced professionals, and designed and implemented HR processes and company policies for different stages of the employee life-cycle. I am a big believer in continuous learning and upskilling, and at the moment, I am completing my professional toolbox with studies in Ergonomics and Occupational Well-Being.
Ready to Work Happy?
Now, we have some happiness to work on.