Our latest thoughts, ideas and tips on all aspects of making people happier, more engaged and higher-performing.

Seasonal Affective Disorder, bad weather

5 tips to defeat Seasonal Affective Disorder

It doesn’t take a trained psychiatrist to tell us that the weather can affect our mood. If it’s rainy and cold then our mood can suffer, and if it’s sunny we may have an extra spring in our step. As the days get increasingly darker, our moods often follow suit. For some people, the darker […]

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How to survive the work Christmas party

As the festive season snowballs into full swing, the work Christmas party is getting nearer and nearer. You’ve been working hard for the whole year and now it’s time to slip into your most flattering elf outfit and have some festive fun! For many of us, this is an occasion we Ho-heartedly welcome (sorry). For […]

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How to apply Self-determination theory to boost workplace motivation

There’s always a lot of debate about different psychological studies here at The Happiness Index. Our team benefits from the knowledge and passion of several experienced psychologists – one of whom is the neurological psychologist, human performance coach and author Clive Hyland. With these bright minds on our side, it’s no surprise that we appreciate and […]

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Top 10 data-driven ways to boost staff retention

Discover ten data-driven ways to help you ensure your people are happy, your culture is thriving and staff retention rates are soaring! In today’s fast-paced working world, “The war for talent” is raging. Workers are quick to jump ship, which is devastating for retention rates. The US Bureau of Labor statistics suggests “3 million Americans […]

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How to improve company culture & boost staff retention

Winter is approaching, Christmas is (sort of) around the corner and the day’s are getting shorter. Soon it will be 2020 which has got me thinking… It’s a known fact that the “New year, new me” mantra can be a big catalyst for people changing careers. A recent study by Monster revealed that January is […]

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Pre-built happiness culture surveys

How Happy are HR professionals?

This is not a question I had asked until I was working in data studio last week. On a weekly basis I send round interesting data to everyone who works at The Happiness Index (We call ourselves Quokkas). I was shocked to find in one of my reports that HR professionals were sitting joint bottom […]

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Mental health|Finding the missing link

I’m very lucky in my life. I’ve always had a very supportive family, amazing friends and somehow colleagues who are awesome and tolerate my randomness on a daily basis. That said though, sometimes when things do get tough I would say I’m someone who will bottle things inside, probably as I take after my dad […]

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Diversity & Inclusion: An Adventurer’s Perspective

Increasingly in the modern working culture, businesses are pushed (and are pushing) further towards having diverse, inclusive workforces. This is great to see! What is less encouraging is the number of companies who seem to see this as nothing more than a box-checking exercise. Phrases like “We need more women in tech”, when said without […]

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World Mental Health Day & The Super-Carers

Today is World Mental Health Day! The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of mental health issues and to advocate for positive mental health and against stigma.  The theme of world mental health day is suicide and suicide prevention, serious topics that are, more often not, more heavily stigmatised than the mental illness […]

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