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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.
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.
Using our intelligence and skills to solve problems, or create new ways of doing things, is deeply satisfying.
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 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.
What is happiness at work?
Happy teams are the core of happiness at work.
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
Why is happiness at work important?
Find out why we want to measure happiness more than anything else.
Things to try for teams: 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.
Things for teams to try: Improving Fairness and respect
See how your team can imrpove feelings of fairness and respect at work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How is happiness different from engagement?
Four reasons happiness is more engaging than engagement.
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.
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:
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 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.
We all want to feel that we’re achieving things at work in exchange for the effort we put in.
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.
What causes us to feel frustrated?
Find out what causes frustration at work.
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.
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.
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
Find 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 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.
Trust can be lost quickly and takes time to rebuild, but it is possible – and important - to do.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top tips: Positive daily actions for working remotely - part 10
Our Five Ways to Happiness at Work framework identifies positive daily actions which can support leaders and help teams deal with multiple stresses and strains, so they can thrive!
The science of human connection
Team building has never been easy. The geographies we traverse to work together is making the task more difficult.
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.
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.
How's work? The OK is not OK edition
Work and life right now are…OK. Not great, not terrible — just OK.
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 5
We have all been dealing with multiple stresses and strains recently. Here are some positive daily actions to help lessen how emotionally and cognitively drained we may feel.
Top tips: Positive daily actions for working remotely - part 6
During the crisis, everyone has been dealing with multiple stresses and strains, and team morale is under constant pressure. Use some positive daily actions to help teams stay sane and survive.
Top tips: Positive daily actions for working remotely - part 7
Team morale is under constant pressure as everyone continues to deal with the multiple stresses and strains. Here are some more positive daily actions to help strengthen morale.
Racism and Psychological Safety in the Workplace
There is no place for racism, prejudice or hatred in the world — let alone the business world.
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.
Top tips: Positive daily actions for working remotely - part 8
Morale is under pressure as everyone continues to deal with the multiple stresses and strains of the present time. Here are some positive daily actions to help teams thrive.
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
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.
Top tips: Positive daily actions for working remotely - part 9
Our Five Ways to Happiness at Work framework identifies positive daily actions to help everyone as we all continue to deal with the multiple stresses and strains of the present time.