2022 Happy Workplaces Conference

Our Happy Workplaces Conference is our biggest event of the year — save the date for 12th May 2022!

As always, this event will include lots of discussion and interaction, with the opportunity to meet others who are on their journey to create happy workplaces.

Course Overview

  • Standard Price

  • Public Sector Price

  • Charity Price

  • *per person, excluding VAT
  • Duration

    1 day
  • Location


Join our movement to create happy workplaces

Imagine a workplace where people are in control of the work they do. Imagine they have freedom, within clear guidelines, to achieve their results. Imagine they are able to have the life balance they want. Imagine they are accountable for the work they do, rather than the time they spend at their desk.

This is what we mean when we talk about happy workplaces — organisations where staff feel trusted and have freedom within clear guidelines to do their work.

We will be hosting this date online, as we have in our previous events

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to buy your tickets, or contact our friendly team.

Give staff freedom within clear guidelines, says Henry Stewart

Henry Stewart speaks to the Eth Word about management and creating freedom within clear guidelines for staff in this short interview.

Our Speakers

We are very excited to welcome best-selling author Liz Wiseman; Professor Donna Hall CBE, former CEO of Wigan Council; Cemal Ezel, CEO of Change Plus; and Marwa Farouq, Global Head of Operations at Teach for All.

Liz Wiseman

CEO of the Wiseman Group and bestselling author

Discover the five practices that differentiate Impact Players

Please note that Liz will be speaking from 5 - 6pm UK time

Why do some people break through and make an impact while others get stuck going through the motions? In every organisation there are Impact Players—those indispensable colleagues who can be counted on in critical situations and who consistently receive high-profile assignments and new opportunities.

Liz will explain what the most influential players are doing differently, how small and seemingly insignificant differences in how we think and act can make an enormous impact, and why—with a little coaching—this mindset is available to everyone who wants to contribute at their highest level.

Learn more about Liz and Impact Players in Henry's blog, Impact Players: How to Have a Real Impact in Your Job.

Helen Sanderson MBE

CEO of Wellbeing Teams

Confirmatory practices

Helen is back by popular demand at this year's conference. This time she will be talking about 'confirmatory practices'.

These are simple self-reflective statements that give the individual the ability to hold themselves to account, without any need for a manager to do so.

Inspired by Dutch care company Buurtzorg, Helen set up Wellbeing Teams in the UK and won Outstanding at the first CQC inspection for an approach based on a real patient-focus and self-managing teams.

Helen has been exploring person-centred practices in care in the UK for over 20 years and gave up her job as a CEO to be part of a self-managed team.

Learn more about Helen in Henry's blog, How Helen Sanderson MBE Has Created People-Centric Workplaces.

Pim de Morree

Co-Founder of Corporate Rebels

The vital ingredients of highly motivated teams

Co-founder Pim de Morree co-founded Corporate Rebels after saying goodbye to a frustrating corporate job. That was three years after finishing his studies in Industrial Engineering and Management Science and Innovation Management at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Besides travelling the world to research progressive organizations, he writes for the Corporate Rebels blog, advises companies, and gives keynote presentations to inspire organizations to radically change the way they work. Together with the rest of the Corporate Rebels team, he supports the growth of a global movement to make work more fun.

Pim spoke at our 2017 Happy Workplaces CEO Conference — check out a two-minute clip from his talk, How Well Do Your Staff Know Your Organisation’s Finances?

Marwa Farouq

Global Head of Operations at Teach For All

Leading in uncertainty: Building organisations that thrive in a constantly changing environment

At Teach For All, we are working towards an equitable world where all kids can fulfill their potential. A commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging is central to our vision and values — to model the world we want to see, and to effectively support our global network. We seek to ensure full participation of people from all cultures and backgrounds, and we believe those who have themselves experienced the inequities we’re working to address should guide and lead this work.

Marwa explores Teach For All's experience in developing a thriving global organisation that celebrates its diversity, inclusiveness and ability to stay anchored in times of uncertainty.

Learn more about Marwa in Henry's blog, Teach For All: A Global Self-Managing Organisation.

Andrew Barnes

Author of The 4 Day Week and Founder of 4 Day Week Global

Why the four-day week is the future of work

Andrew’s company Perpetual Guardian sparked global media fascination with its flexible work model after it successfully implemented the four-day week, resulting in a 20% lift in employee productivity, a 27% reduction in work stress levels, and a 45% increase in employee work-life balance. The four-day week concept has proven to be extraordinarily popular around the world and a pilot is starting in the UK with 55 companies.

Andrew will talk the impact of the 4 day week on work, on home life and how happier people produce better results.

Find out more about Andrew and the four-day week at Perpetual Guardian in Henry's blog, Is It Time for a Four-Day Week?

Professor Donna Hall, CBE

Former CEO of Wigan Council

Empowered workforce, empowered citizens

Donna has been described as a 'public service pioneer' by the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham. She was awarded a CBE in 2009 for innovation in public service and was Transformational Leader in the Northern Powerwomen Awards 2017. She was CEO of Wigan Council for 8 years and developed The Wigan Deal - a new relationship with residents.

In 2011 Wigan Council faced the third toughest austerity cuts in the country. Donna, then Chief Executive, will explain how — despite that — they managed to achieve a 59% increase in resident satisfaction and a 7 year increase in healthy life expectancy in the most deprived wards. The key was involving the citizens and the workforce, rather than doing things to them.

Learn more about Donna in Henry's blog, Wigan Council: Empowering the Workforce, Empowering the Citizens.

Cemal Ezel

Founder and CEO of Change Please

Creating Truly Audacious Goals That Stretch the Team

Change Please trains people who are homeless as baristas and provides each person with a London Living Wage job, housing, a bank account and mental health support. Change Please was Richard Branson’s Startup of the Year in 2018.

Cemal is on a mission to change the world, by lifting people out of homelessness through coffee. His entrepreneurial style is to create truly challenging goals to stretch the team. "We deliver 95% of the time, but that stretch goal really takes us out of our comfort zone and makes us achieve goals beyond our level."

Vivek Menon

Senior Director of Sales at Danfoss Power Solutions

Building a Teal bubble within a large company

Vivek is currently Senior Director of Sales at Danfoss Power Solutions. Until recently he was heading eSteering business unit within the division. Danfoss are global leaders in mobile hydraulics, climate, and energy solutions.

Vivek is happy to share the unique story of transforming a traditional R&D projects team into a successful self-managed business unit. The purpose of eSteering business unit has been to build the future of off-road steering solutions. He looks forward to sharing the real experiences and practical ways of making this transformation and making it work at large organizations. He will cover the why, the how and the lessons of the journey. The transformation story will cover the three elements of organizational structures, processes and mindsets and behaviours.

Find out more about Vivek's journey on Henry's blog, Vivek Manon at Danfoss: Building a Teal Bubble in a Large Company.

Steve Whitehead and Tracy Ampah 

How Hounslow Council became Council of the Year

Steve is an award-winning thought leader in culture and workforce transformation, and has authored contributions to a number of published books and studies. In 2012 he joined the national charity Citizens Advice as the Executive Director responsible for People and Equality. After over six years in the voluntary sector, Steve was keen to resume his local government career, and joined Hounslow Council as an interim Director in August 2019, ahead of his permanent appointment in November of that same year.

Tracy’s passion is creating flourishing organisations where people can bring their whole selves to work, using a strengths based approach. With over 30 years’ experience in people and leadership development within the public, private and not for profit sectors, she has helped transform cultures through coaching and training informed by her unique skills set which includes Psychological Safety, Appreciative Inquiry and strengths profiling. Tracy was one of the early UK graduates of the MSc in Applied Positive Psychology, is part of an international cohort of certified facilitators of Brené Brown’s Daring Way™ and Dare to Lead™ programmes, and acts as a Strategic Advisor to the global wellbeing charity Action for Happiness.

Steve and Tracy will be talking together about what made Hounslow Council the council of the year, plus how they are experiencing our Level 7 Leadership programme.

Feedback from our previous events

Here's just some of the great feedback we received from our 2020 Happy Workplaces Conference:

  • "Inspiring day with attending #HW20. Best example of an engaging, interactive, and thought provoking virtual conference by a mile. So many takeaways and great speakers."
  • "The conference was absolutely brilliant. Content was inspiring, current, thought provoking and most importantly for me action provoking! Definitely moments that impacted my heart, my brain but also my feet to take action. Thank you and the team so very much."
  • "I enjoyed the fast pace. Everything was relevant and inspiring. I came away with the longest list of research, contacts and To Dos I ever have from any conference. And I knew that they were all doable. It gave me faith!"

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What can you expect from an online Happy conference?

  • Interactive and engaging - just like our face-to-face events
  • Regular discussions in break out rooms with other attendees
  • Fun activities to keep you involved throughout the day
  • A focus on stories, real-life scenarios and 'nickable' ideas

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