Creating Happy Workplaces in Charities and Social Enterprises

On 16th August 2018 ella Forums and Happy Ltd hosted this one-day conference, where attendees learnt why happy workplaces makes sense – with the real financial benefits including higher staff retention, increased staff productivity, and lower staff sickness.

Speakers included Libby Gordon of Christian Aid, Sophie Bryan, and Henry Stewart of Happy. 

Topics covered important issues such as learning how organisations both large and small have implemented ideas around autonomy and trust, how to help your staff work to their strengths, and how to create workplaces with a no-blame culture.

It was a highly interactive day, which provided many opportunities to network and discuss experiences with others in a relaxed and open environment.

The Speakers

Like-minded leaders in the charity and social enterprise sectors got together to share experiences of creating a great workplace with attendees.

Follow the links below to learn more from our inspirational speakers how they have created happiness both at work and in their personal lives.

Marianna Cherry

5 Steps to Happy: My Personal Way into Happiness


Henry Stewart

Founder, CEO and Chief Happiness Officer, Happy

Libby Gordon

Creating a Happy Workplace at Christian Aid


Sophie Bryan

Putting Coaching at the Core of Your Organisation


Imagine a workplace where people are energized and motivated by being in control of the work they do. Imagine they are trusted and given freedom, within clear guidelines, to decide how to achieve their results. Imagine they are able to get the life balance they want. Imagine they are valued and held accountable for the work that they do, rather than the time they spend at their desk. Wouldn’t you want to work there?Henry Stewart, Chief Happiness Officer at Happy

Next Conference: 2025 Happy Workplaces Conference

Our Happy Workplaces Conference is our biggest event of the year, and we'd love for you to join us on Wednesday 25th June!

Our 2024 event was our first ever hybrid event, and so we hope to run next year's in the same way. We will host up to 50 people face-to-face at Happy's HQ in Aldgate, London, and we can host up to 200 people online via Zoom. However you choose to join, there will be interaction, discussion, space for reflection and opportunities to network with others.

Stay tuned for full details of our speakers for next year's event. As always, our speakers share practical, hands-on ideas that you can implement to create happy and engaged workplaces.

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The Happy Conference Methodology

How do we make our conferences great, interactive experiences — where you don’t have to make an effort to meet people and you also get the chance to talk about what you hear?

Here's what you can expect from a Happy conference