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Wellbeing – the ultimate (pandemic) shock absorber

The 9th World Happiness Report acts as an excellent benchmark for our wellbeing data. And, Friday Pulse clients have fared significantly better than their peers during the pandemic. Here’s a detailed look at how this happened.

What is happiness at work?

Happy teams are the core of happiness at work.

Top tips for the second half of 2020

To support employee wellbeing and team morale over the next six months, start listening and responding to what people need across the Five Ways to Happiness at Work.

An introduction to Strengths

When we are ‘playing to our strengths’ we are energised and motivated. The experience of being totally absorbed in a work task comes when we are using our skills with just the right amount of stretch.

An introduction to Fairness and respect

Respect, dignity, justice and fairness: it’s no wonder that politicians refer to such terms so often, as they are fundamental to our sense of wellbeing.

An introduction to Pride

A sense of pride often flows from knowing the organization we work for does something beneficial or particularly well, and it reliably predicts staff turnover.

An introduction to Creativity

Using our intelligence and skills to solve problems, or create new ways of doing things, is deeply satisfying.

An introduction to Team relationships

The core of the work experience is the team. It’s within teams that people spend most of their working day; it’s their colleagues that define their day-to-day experience at work. 

Top tips on applying positive emotions in the workplace

Here are our top tips on creating a happier environment for you and your team:

Top tips for recovering from burnout

Here are our tips to recovering from burnout.

Things for teams to try: Improving Pride

Ways you can boost a sense of organizational pride with your team.

Things for teams to try: Improving Creativity

See what action you can take to improve creativity in the team!

Top tips for building happiness into your every day

Use our tips and tricks to bring happiness into each day.

How happiness at work is defined

Happiness at work is about thriving as individuals and doing well together. It is about how people experience their job.

More from the science on Team Relationships

We've done the work so you don't have to. Read summaries from the latest research on the science of team dynamics

An introduction to Worthwhile work

Having a strong sense that our work matters to colleagues, the organization and society makes us feel good. A sense of purpose motivates us to do great work.

An introduction to Feedback

Giving and receiving feedback that is constructive is not always easy, but when it is supportive and useful it helps everyone work happier together.

Top tips for beating the blues

Read our tips on beating the workday blues.

Things for teams to try: Improving Team relationships

Tips, tricks and practical examples of things others have done to improve team relationships.

Things for teams to try: Improving Strengths

Find out how you can make the best use Strengths in your team.

Top tips on bouncing back from the blues

If you find your team is having a blue period, to help everyone bounce back, here are our top tips for beating the blues at work:

Why is happiness at work important?

Find out why we want to measure happiness more than anything else.

Things for teams to try: Improving Feedback

We all need feedback - check out some tried and tested techniques for improving feedback.

Things for teams to try: Improving Worthwhile work

Boost sense of the worth of your work by being more intentional about the impact you create in the world.

Things for teams to try: Improving Fairness and respect

See how your team can imrpove feelings of fairness and respect at work.

Top tips for building resilience when facing loss

Our Five Ways to Happiness at Work framework can help identify positive daily actions to build our resilience and improve how we cope with loss.

An introduction to Accomplishment

We all want to feel that we’re achieving things at work in exchange for the effort we put in.

How Friday measures employee experience

Find out what questions we ask and how we put a number on happiness…

Things for organizations to try: Improving Fairness & respect

Here are some ideas you may like to look into to foster a culture where everyone feels accepted and respected.

Things for organizations to try: Improving Team relationships

Organizations can try some of these ideas to bring structure and a sense of “what's normal” to team dynamics.

Why we should focus on happiness at work weekly

We shouldn’t just focus on happiness once a year. We should focus on it every day, and measure happiness weekly.

Things for teams to try: Improving Accomplishment

If you feel there is more friction than flow to your work, take a look at how to refocus on the things that will improve your sense of accomplishment.

An introduction to Team co-operation

Co-operation between teams can affect levels of frustration, stress and sense of progress. Things go more smoothly when teams work well together, but frustrations quickly build when they don’t.

An introduction to Appreciation

When a colleague says ‘well done’ or ‘thanks’ we get a little lift – we feel better about ourselves because we know others care about what we’re doing.

How is happiness different from engagement?

Four reasons happiness is more engaging than engagement.

An introduction to Free to be yourself

We all have a desire to be authentic and many of us find authenticity through our work. Freedom to be ourselves is a driver of happiness and motivation.

Things for teams to try: Improving Free to be yourself

See what action you can take to build a team where you celebrate each other as individuals!

More from the science on Team co-operation

We’ve scoured the research to bring you the latest on the science of the linkages between teams.

Things for teams to try: Improving Appreciation

Take a look at our tips on upping feelings of appreciation in your team.

Things for teams to try: Improving Team co-operation

Take a look at ways you and your team can improve cooperation with other teams

Things for organizations to try: Improving Team co-operation

Here are some ways you can create the relational rituals and structures to improve co-operation between teams in your organization...

Things for organizations to try: Improving Appreciation

To translate your recognition into high appreciation scores, here are some ideas to show it with flair!

An introduction to Influence decisions

Having a sense of control over when and how we do our jobs helps us to align with organizational goals while retaining our own sense of agency, individuality and responsibility.

What causes us to feel frustrated?

Find out what causes frustration at work.

An introduction to Work-life balance

Acknowledging that work is a part of life helps us get the most out of both. If we get the balance wrong in favor of work, stress and burn-out commonly follow.

An introduction to Friendships at work

It’s good for our spirits to have people around us who we care about and who care for us. Friendships help us deal with stress and they bring meaning to the work we do.

An introduction to Learning

When we have opportunities to learn new things and develop our skills, it naturally follows that we gain in confidence, motivation and a sense of personal growth.

Things for teams to try: Improving Learning

Here are some ways to boost your learning at work.

Things for teams to try: Improving Influence Decisions

Improving how people influence decisions is important to their work in your team

The Five Ways to Happy Workplaces

Discover the five key ingredients needed to protect and promote happiness in your organization.

Things for teams to try: Improving Friendships at work

Read our suggestions for ways you and your team can foster friendships within your organization

The key drivers of happiness

Our Culture Profile topics help you assess what's driving happiness in your organization.

Things for teams to try: Improving Work-life balance

Find out the ways you and your team can look after your work-life balance.

Things for organizations to try: Improving Work-life balance

Tips to try to improve Work-life balance at your organization.

Employee Happiness: the route to improving the UK's productivity slump

There's a lot of discussion about improving employee engagement to increase productivity, but is there the science behind this claim?

Things for organizations to try: Improving Friendships at work

Here are a few ideas on how HR and senior leaders can help people invest in developing and maintaining friendships at work.

What an Oxford Research Study Teaches us about Happiness in the Workplace

Money can’t buy you happiness, but this study shows that happiness will make you money.

Happiness vs Job Satisfaction

After 25 years of experimentation in different policy arenas, workplaces and across many languages and cultures, I settled on happiness as the ultimate measure of human flourishing.

How to build a great employee experience for everyone

The experience employees have of work is increasingly recognised as a critical element of business performance.

It’s time to take happiness at work seriously

Evidence shows that happiness at work drives employee engagement and future business success, but leaders are still wary of promoting happiness.

Pool tables and productivity: what fun at work really means

The pool table in the office is not really having fun at work. It is more of a distraction from work.

The power of positive emotions

Emotions are signals for action. They are like the body’s instant messaging service.

How to maintain your core (relationships) while working remotely

How well people cope during difficult times is dependent on the quality of the relationships they have with friends, family and work colleagues.

COVID-19 and The Curve of Resilience

Friday Pulse was never designed to pick up global trends. But when COVID-19 struck, our platform found a trend across all of our clients, in every industry, at the same time.

Why happiness is essential amid COVID-19

March 20th | International Day of Happiness. It feels strange to publish a piece about happiness, especially as the world faces its biggest health challenge in recent years.

Top tips to stay sane in a crisis

Here are our recommended tips to help teams stay sane and even thrive during a crisis.

Top tips for reclaiming your power at work

Empowering ourselves is something that's particularly important at the moment, when working patterns have changed and continue to shift - here are some positive actions you can take.

Happiness and the Function of Emotions: An Interview at the 2020 Global Happiness at Work Summit

Sarah Metcalfe from the Global Happiness at Work Summit 2020 interviewed our Founder and CEO, Nic Marks, to discuss the meaning of being happy at work, resilience in COVID-19, and the function of emotions.

Top tips for boosting your mental health

Our Five Ways to Happiness at Work framework identifies positive daily actions to help you boost your mental health.

Top Tips for finding opportunities for positive change

Find opportunities for positive change using daily actions based on our Five Ways to Happiness at Work framework.

Top tips on improving fairness and respect at work

Taking a few positive actions regularly can help improve fairness and respect at work. Here are some of our top Be Fair tips. Which do you need to embrace as a team? Table it for discussion or add it as an Idea to your Friday flow next week!

Top tips on stepping back and taking care of yourself

When fatigue and burnout feel like they're on the horizon, it’s important to take a step back and take care of yourself.

Even in a Crisis, Positivity Leads to Creativity

Innovation can’t come from nowhere — it must be fostered in positive environments. And, if you innovate the way you take care of your people, innovation and creativity will follow.

Top tips for making 2021 is better than 2020

Early forecast for 2021 looks to be more of the same. So, what can we do to ensure 2021 is better than 2020?

Top Tips for 2021

Positive daily actions to take into 2021, based on our Five Ways to Happiness at Work framework.

Top tips for small things to try over the holiday period

We've all learned a lot in 2020 about our limits and the importance of self-care. Small changes can have big effects. Here are some things to try out...

Racism and Psychological Safety in the Workplace

There is no place for racism, prejudice or hatred in the world — let alone the business world.

How's work? The OK is not OK edition

Work and life right now are…OK. Not great, not terrible — just OK.

Top tips on recognizing your purpose at work

Here are some positive actions you can take to recapture and sustain a sense of purpose.

Mental Health Awareness: The Five Ways are the Friday Way

Mental health is a critical part of our business. Our purpose at Friday Pulse is to improve wellbeing in the workplace. It’s our reason for being.

Rebuilding trust

Trust can be lost quickly and takes time to rebuild, but it is possible – and important - to do.

Top tips for maintaining stamina through a long crisis

Tips to lessen the feelings of being drained and maintain stamina.

Why workplace happiness is good for everyone

The truth is, if we were all to take our happiness at work more seriously, regardless of home or office environment, the world would be a better place.

Empowering your Employees through the Next Normal

With lockdown restrictions easing, some people are starting to return to offices and workplaces. However, the current crisis has shown many companies they can function successfully without having employees in a physical office. In fact, businesses are now starting to question the “why” of an office.

What does World Mental Health Day mean for leaders?

World Mental Health Day is a reminder mental health matters. It’s our belief that leaders need to pay attention to their team’s mental health and take active steps to preventing burnout.

Rebuilding Core Work Relationships While Returning to the Office

As organizations think about returning to the workplace, leaders need to make deliberate efforts to encourage positive social interaction amongst teams, while rethinking how the office fits into their business.

How leaders can help teams survive burnout

While the experience of work varies from one person to another, one thing is true: those that are overworked are at a risk of burning out.

The Science of Happiness: Connecting – why relationships at work matter

With Connect being the most important component of The Five Ways, creators Nic Marks and Dr. Jody Aked show us how teams can create real friendships in the workplace.

The wise rest at least as hard as they work

In 2019 the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that “burnout” is going to be included in their International Classification of Diseases.

The science of human connection

Team building has never been easy. The geographies we traverse to work together is making the task more difficult.

Finding the Right Work-Life Balance

Friday Pulse has always been about making the world of work better. However, recently things have made it difficult for everyone (even us) to find the right balance in work/life.

The power of the coffee-break

Formal mechanisms to look after wellbeing at work often overlook the happiness to be found in the informal routines of employees

Top tips on maintaining motivation

Inspire is the last of our Five Ways to Happiness at Work framework but that doesn't mean it's less important... Here are some positive actions you and your colleagues can take to help sustain your energy and motivation!

Top tips on making your work more interesting

Here our some top tips for positive actions you and your team can take to help make and keep things interesting - in a good way!

Top tips on challenging yourself at work

Take a look at some of the positive actions you can take to maintain and improve your Challenge scores. Spot something for the team? Suggest it when you review your results or add it as an Idea to your Friday flow next week!

Top tips on giving each other the freedom to use your strengths

Unleash the potential in your team by following some of our positive daily actions to use your strengths at work.

Top tips on being fair to yourself (& to your colleagues)

Be Fair is a foundational element of our Five Ways to Happines at Work framework. Take a look at some positive daily actions you can take to be fair to yourself, and to your colleagues.

Top tips on improving the way we interact with others at work

Here are a few positive daily actions you can take to build your relationships, one interaction at a time.

Top tips to foster and sustain great working relationships

Connect is the first of our Five Ways to Happiness at Work framework. These tips will help you foster and sustain great working relationships. Take ideas you like to your next team meeting.

Top tips to lessen emotional and cognitive drain

Our Five Ways to Happiness at Work framework can help identify positive daily actions to lessen how emotionally and cognitively drained we may feel. Here are this week's tips to help teams stay sane and thrive.