Our team are passionate advocates for the elevation of employee experience data from ‘nice to have’ to the very core of business decision-making. We combine thought leadership, academic rigour and design acumen with years of business and leadership experience. Each member of the team has a strong personal connection with our mission to build better workplaces and you can read more about our stories below.
My father was a business guy – running a large family company that made candies (yes I am Willy Wonka’s son!) – and my mother was a family therapist. Perhaps it was inevitable that I would end up working on happiness at work. I bring my own statistical skills to the pot and a career spent persuading governments to measure progress better. I am loving creating a great team at Happiness Works who are both happy and high performing..
After hitting a point of burnout in a super-high-growth digital tech firm, I was determined to find a way to blend the parts of my career I loved with something that held more personal meaning. I was certain businesses could be successful, profitable and take care of their people. I obtained my yoga teaching qualification, which brought the balance I needed, then met Nic Marks and immediately knew I’d found what I was looking for.
In 2002 I realised that I should be focusing more on happiness in my life, but it wasn’t until later that I discovered a framework for doing this. A book by Richard Layard convinced me that happiness was something that could be measured and optimized. This led me on a journey where I met Nic and gave me an opportunity to put my backgound building online platforms to better use…
I graduated in psychology and philosophy at the turn of this century without studying positive emotions’ role in human experience! How times have changed. Since, I have been facilitating social and organizational change using the science of wellbeing for over 14 years. I developed the Five Ways to Well-being alongside Nic Marks, which went on to form the foundation of public health advice across the globe.
Happiness Works is built around a strong social mission – making better workplaces. Every day I get to work with a great bunch of people building something that’s actually making a difference. Seeing what I’m desiging and building impact workplaces – that is very rewarding.
My mission is to improve lives. At Happiness Works, we focus on where we can have the greatest impact: the workplace, where most people spend most of their waking lives. Imagine a world where people are fulfilled, passionately pursuing meaningful work. Here, we use the power and integrity of the scientific method to ensure we really can make a difference. How could I resist such a noble cause?
“We work so we can be happy at the weekend or when we retire. Some people work all their lives so they can be happy in the next life.”
– Nic Marks.
This really resonated with me and I realized I was holding off happiness and relating it to my success.
In 1981, I saw Bruce Springsteen live for the first time and discovered what it means to be happy at work.
Since then, I’ve been drawn to places and projects where the big questions of life collide with the reality of making a living. From new economics to Happiness Works, via the Wheel of Well-being, I’ve been lucky to work with people who are out to change the world.
Nic Marks is one of them - and he’s a Springsteen fan, too.
My career started as a trip in the tech start-ups tornado. It’s inspiring but it’s brutal. I witnessed many talented people leaving for a job they would have kept and worked hard for if only they were happier. Often they’d feel even worse on the next job. If in such a thriving environment people felt unhappy, how was the rest of the world feeling? I needed to find out what could be done about that. And I did at Happiness Works.
My time spent working for large and small companies and in academia has given me enough experience to know what makes for good and bad work, and for a good and bad workplace. As an application developer working on Happiness Works’ Moodmap platform, I’m really pleased to be working with a great team, with the equally great goal of bettering workplace happiness.
The activity we spend the most time doing is sleeping, and most of us are pretty happy doing it. Then, it’s working, and we all deserve to enjoy our work life even more than sleep. I’ve worked on the science and policy of happiness for over 10 years. I’m excited to be putting this experience to practice analyzing Happiness Works’ data to identify the secrets of happiness in the workplace, for the benefit of employers and employees.
We are always looking for great people who believe in our mission to join our team. If you think you’d be a good fit take a look at our current job openings.