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Feb 7, 2023

Ten years ago, Henry Stewart wrote The Happy Manifesto, outlining 10 principles for happier workplaces. Among them: Make your people feel good; Be open and transparent; Celebrate mistakes. 

This week on The Mind Tools L&D Podcast, Henry joins Gemma and Ross G the relevance of these principles in 2023. Spoiler: They’re even more important. 

We discuss: 

  • how the workplace has evolved 
  • the emergence of ‘self-managing organisations’ 
  • the factors that stop leaders creating a happy workplace. 

During the discussion, Henry recommended the following books: 

  • Turn the Ship Around! by David Marquet 
  • Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux 
  • Maverick by Ricardo Semler 
  • No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer 

He also mentioned the paper: Edmans, A. (2011). Does the stock market fully value intangibles? Employee satisfaction and equity prices. Journal of Financial economics, 101(3), 621-640. 

  • actions you can take when budgets are tight 
  • how the lessons of 2008 can be applied today. 

In ‘What I Learned This Week’, Ross discussed the use of cannabis to unlock creativity at work (or not, as it turned out): 

The original paper is at: Heng, Y. T., Barnes, C. M., & Yam, K. C. (2022). Cannabis use does not increase actual creativity but biases evaluations of creativity. Journal of Applied Psychology. 

Henry discussed neurodiversity, sparking Ross to recommend this Learning Guild article from Judy Katz: 

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