The Happy Manifesto: 9 Steps to a Great Workplace

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Here are the 9 key steps to a great workplace, from the Happy Manifesto:

1. Trust Your People
Step out of approval. Instead pre-approve and focus on supporting your people.

2. Make Your People Feel Good
Make this the focus of management

3. Give Freedom within Clear Guidelines
People want to know what is expected of them. But they want freedom to find the best way to achieve their goals..

4. Be Open and Transparent
More information means more people can take responsibility

5. Recruit for Attitude, Train for Skill

6. Celebrate Mistakes
Create a truly no-blame culture

7. Community: Create Mutual Benefit
Have a positive impact on the world and build your organisation too

8. Love Work, Get a Life
The world, and your job, needs you well rested, well nourished and well supported.

9. Select Managers Who are Good at Managing
Make sure your people are supported by somebody who is good at doing that, and find other routes for those whose strengths are elsewhere. Even better, allow people to choose their managers.

1 response to “The Happy Manifesto: 9 Steps to a Great Workplace”

  1. Definitely agre on the need to hire for ‘will rather than skill’! Skills can be taught and developed but getting people with the right attitude is essential. To the clear guidelines point – we’ve found this really important in our own research, finding that high proportions of workers surveyed don’t know company objectives and are disatisfied with appraisal process. Effective management of performance is crucial to how happy employees are – see for more on this

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