One Great George Street, Westminster, London, UK, 2013
Happiness and Well Being at Work
The Centre for Research in Employment, Skills & Society (CRESS) and the Humanistic Management Center jointly hosted our 2013 conference on Happiness and Well Being at Work with the support of Fordham University and the Humanistic Management Network. The conference took place on June 21st 2013 at One Great George Street, one of London's premier conference venues.
Following our successful conference in St. Gallen, Switzerland on the same topic in June 2012, we were glad when CRESS provided us with the opportunity to expand our activities and co-host our first event in the UK. The Centre for Research in Employment, Skills & Society (CRESS), the Humanistic Management Center and our partners welcomed around 60 participants from management practice, policy making and academia to this one day event held in one of London's premier conference locations, One Great George Street.
The day was split into four main sections:
- The first section comprised of the opening speech by Dame Carol Black, a keynote by Paul Dolan and the subsequent first panel of the day which was focused on management practice. In her opening speech Dame Carol Black elaborated on the relationship between happiness, health and business in her presentation titled Is Health and Wellbeing Good for Business? Her speech was followed by the first keynote by Paul Dolan titled Attending to Happiness. The panel was looking at Happiness and Well Being at Work from the perspective of management Practice. On this panel, chaired by Ernst von Kimakowitz, Georges Blanc, Alexander Seyf and Michael Blasius shared their insights on how they consult on and integrate questions regarding well being and happiness in their organizations. The title of the panel was: Making happiness at work, work. How can businesses nourish the well being of their members and society? You can view the presentations under the following links:Link to the presentation of Dame Carol Black: Is Health and Wellbeing Good for Business?Link to the presentation of Georges Blanc: Well-Being and BusinessLink to the presentation of Alexander Seyf: Maintaining a Happy Place to WorkLink to the presentation of Michael Blasius: Well Being Improvement Solutions
- The second section kicked off with a keynote by Richard Lucas titled Can Happiness Change? followed by a panel on policy implications of measuring happiness. On this panel, chaired by Yannis Georgellis, Romina Boarini, Glenn Everett and Michael Pirson looked at the policy implications of measuring happiness and into the question of what business can learn from recent advances in policy formulation on this topic. Accordingly the panel was titeld What are the policy implications from measuring happiness and what can business learn from it?You can view the presentations under the following links:Link to the presentation of Richard Lucas: Can Happiness Change?Link to the presentation of Romina Boarini: OECD Better Life InitiativeLink to the presentation of Glenn Everett: Happiness and Well Being at Work
- The third section opened with Alois Stutzer's keynote on Work and Happiness followed by a panel focused on Employee happiness, wellbeing and engagement. On this panel, chaired by Michael Pirson, Nita Clarke, Vanessa King and Stephen Garcia looked at the employee and individual perspective and the relationship of social comparison, employee engagement and happiness.You can view the presentations under the following links:Link to the presentation of Alois Stuzter: Work and HappinessLink to the presentation of Nita Clarke: Happiness and Wellbeing at WorkLink to the presentation of Vanessa King: Wellbeing & Work Overview Link to the presentation of Stephen Garcia: Psychology of Competition Model
- In the closing section all participants were called to action in three world café workshops on the topics of academia, management practice and policy for Happiness and Well Being at Work. The world café concept is based on having groups rotating between topical tables discussing one issue for a limited period of time before moving on to the next topic. To connect the different groups all participants leave comments and notes from their group discussion on large papers left on the tables for the following groups to pick up and build on.Please find a write up with some of the notes from the World Café workshops under this link.
You can download the conference program and speakers and participants list under the following link:
CRESS & HMC Happiness Conference Folder
Please also take a look at our photo gallery with impressions of the day at the bottom of the page.
21st of June 2013, London, UK
Photos by Tas Anastasi of JMA Photography, One Great George Street, CRESS and the Humanistic Management Center