The Happiness Factory is a half-day workshop that explores the theory and science of happiness at work.
This dynamic learning tool allows participants to develop their workplace satisfaction within the organization's culture and help employees feel more connected to their own company's culture.
The Happiness Factory helps participants apply the concept of happiness at work. The workshop demonstrates how to create a work environment that fosters engaged and happy employees. It takes the concept of a manufacturing facility and uses it as an analogy for the production of happiness. Participants move through a series of factory stations that represent an area of the workplace where happiness and engagement can be improved.
Participants will leave the program being able to find greater fulfillment and enjoyment in their responsibilities and working conditions, recognize management behaviors that have an impact on engagement, and build others' trust and confidence in senior leadership.
OVERVIEW of The Happiness Factory: Creating and Maintaining an Environment That Fosters Employee Engagement by Author Kate Ward
Workplace happiness is no doubt a business advantage. A growing body of statistical research supports both the tangible and intangible benefits of a positive work environment from financial gain to better overall job performance. Though happiness and engagement are often used interchangeably, research tells us there is a clear distinction between the two concepts. In fact, most agree that engagement is a prerequisite to happiness. Without nurturing a greater commitment to the organization, happiness cannot be accessible.
The Happiness Factory takes the concept of a manufacturing facility and uses it as an analogy for the production of happiness.
Participants move through a series of factory "stations" including a reception area, break room, factory floor, supervisor's office, and executive suite–each metaphorically representing a facet of the workplace where organizations can foster the conditions that lead to increased levels of engagement (and ultimately, happiness). Participants will:
- Explore the importance of a successful onboarding experience and building a connection to the organizational culture, including alignment withpersonal values.
- Examine how to redesign tasks, responsibilities and physical working conditions to support greater job fulfillment
- Discover the behaviors that supervisors and senior leadership can exhibit to build organizational trust
This workshop is designed to create a fun and stimulating environment. Each station or module begins with a look at the supporting statistical research that reveals the connection to employee engagement and happiness.
Participants then partake in various group and individual activities that prompt thinking and engagement around the topic, allowing them to leave with a clear understanding of the theory behind happiness at work, as well as specific and realistic strategies they can take to cultivate it.
The Happiness Factory is intended to help participants to learn and apply the concepts of happiness at work. The workshop will show how to create a work environment that fosters engaged employees, and in turn, happy employees –who are connected to greater productivity and higher retention rates.
- Explore the theory and science of happiness at work.
- Identify facets of the work environment where employee engagement can be positively affected.
- Explore strategies for helping employees to feel connected to the organizational culture.
- Discover techniques for finding greater fulfillment and enjoyment in individual responsibilities and working conditions.
- Recognize the supervisory behaviors that have a direct impact on engagement.
- Examine key concepts for building employees' trust and confidence in senior leadership.
This workshop is aimed at people who have the desire and authority to influence their environment, colleagues, and the employees they supervise (if applicable) in order to create a happier workplace with more engaged employees.
The Happiness Factory Workshop at a Glance
- Welcome and Introduction (15 minutes)
Participants will explore the purpose and format of the workshop as well as the learning outcomes.
- Topic Overview (45 minutes)
Participants will explore the theory and science of happiness at work
- Station 1: Reception Area (45 minutes)
Participants will review the importance of helping new employees to feel welcomed, supported, and valued.
- Station 2: Break Room (45 minutes)
Participants will examine personal values and brainstorm ways to identify company culture.
- Station 3: Factory Floor (45 minutes)
Participants will learn how to redefine individual tasks/responsibilities and working conditions to develop a greater sense of fulfillment.
- Station 4: Supervisor's Office (45 minutes)
Participants will understand the role supervisors play in engagement and the behaviors that contribute to it.
- Station 5: Executive Suite (45 minutes)
Participants will examine the impact of senior leadership on organizational trust.
- Development Planning (15 minutes)
Participants will reflect on the ways they can positively influence engagement in their workplace.
- Putting It All Together (15 minutes)
Participants will review key learning points about engagement and happiness and ask questions.
- Total Workshop Time: 5 hours
What to order:
Facilitator Guide: Order One Guide Per Trainer.
The Facilitator Guide includes a sample watermarked Workbook as well as digital facilitator support materials including PowerPoint Presentation, Learning Overview, Theory Background, Frequently Asked Questions, and Topic Handouts.
Workbook 5-Pack: Order One Pack for Up to Five Participants (sold seperately).
The Workbook deepens participants’ understanding of the concepts and ideas in the workshop and allows each participant to practice the skills being learned.