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About 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. 

What is happiness at work?

Happy teams are the core of happiness at work.

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 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.

About 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.

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

Things for teams to try: Improving Strengths

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

Why is happiness at work important?

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

Things for teams to try: Improving Fairness and respect

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

Things to try for teams: Improving team relationships

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

How Friday measures employee experience

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

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.

Top tips on applying positive emotions in the workplace

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

About the Freedom 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.

Top tips for beating the blues

Read our tips on beating the workday blues.

How is happiness different from engagement?

Four reasons happiness is more engaging than engagement.

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.

About 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.

About 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.

Top tips for building happiness into your every day

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

Top tips for recovering from burnout

Here are our tips to recovering from burnout.

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.

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:

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 teams to try: Improving Appreciation

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

About Accomplishment

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

About 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.

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.

What causes us to feel frustrated?

Find out what causes frustration at work.

Top tips: Positive daily actions for working remotely - part 4

Living through a crisis takes its toll on us psychologically. Here are our tips for daily positive actions that can help you during a crisis.

About 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.

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 Work-life balance

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

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 friendships at work

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

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 having fun at work. It is 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: Positive daily actions for working remotely - part 2

We know remote working is now here for the medium term - read our top tips to help get your through.

Top tips: Positive daily actions for working remotely - part 3

Working remotely is something that takes time to settle in to - here are some tips to daily actions to make it easier.

Rebuilding trust

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

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: Positive daily actions for working remotely - part 1

We're all settling into how to best work remotely. Our Five Ways to Happiness at Work framework identifies a series of positive daily actions for you and your team.

The science of human connection

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

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.