NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE NATIONAL HAPPINESS AWARDS 2018

Nominate your business, organisation, or school for a prestigious happiness award.

  • Nominations deadline:
    Nominations close at midnight on Friday, 19th October, 2018
  • Awards ceremony:
    Friday, 16th November, 2018
  • Venue:

    The Landing
    MediaCityUK
    Manchester
    M50 2ST

Now in their third year, the Happiness Awards is the UK’s boldest and brightest honours scheme, where happiness pioneers in the workplace and in education are rewarded for making the world a better place.

There are six categories in this years National Happiness Awards

Happiness in the workplace

  • Happiest Workplace
    Prize: £3000 of Laughology training
  • Happiest Workplace Person
    Prize: £300 voucher of choice
  • Happiest Team
    Prize: £300 under 10 people, £500 over 10 people

Happiness in education

  • Happiest School
    Prize: £1000 of vouchers of your choice and £1000 of Laughology training
  • Happiest School Person
    Prize: £300 voucher of choice
  • Happiest Pupil
    Prize: £100 voucher of their choice

“We were over the moon. There were some amazing businesses in the awards, so it was brilliant to win.”
The Outward Bound Trust - Francesca Scott
“I am privileged to have won the award.”
2016 Happiest Employee - Rob Smith
“We work really hard to look after our people and make the office a great place to work. It is great to win.”
2017 Winner - Burges Salmon

Nomination deadline

Nominations close at midnight on Friday, 19th October, 2018

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Happiness. What is it?

Real happiness – or realistic happiness (because you can’t be happy all the time) - is a complex mix of mindsets and emotional states which combine to create positivity, resilience and robust mental health. So many elements affect happiness, including exercise, diet and security. Our research tells us that realistic happiness is made of five main drivers. These are confidence, coping skills, positive relationships, support and personal development. Within each of these there are other factors, such as a sense of purpose. When people and organisations understand this and break down each element they can start to devise interventions and initiatives that will positively impact on people’s happiness.

Happiness is:
  • Confidence
  • Personal development and autonomy
  • Positive relationships
  • Mutual support
  • Resilience and the ability to cope
It isn’t:
  • A cigar called Hamlet
  • “Happiness the greatest gift that I possess.” Ken Dodd

Happiest places in the UK

The National Happiness Awards recognise and honour the happiest people and places in the UK. They are judged by an independent panel of experts and culminate in a gala awards evening of fun and glamour. The awards recognise happiness heroes from business, the public sector and education. 2018 marks the third year the awards have been running and each year they grown is size and profile. They are the only awards of their kind in Britain and attract significant media attention.

Pssst! Here’s what the judges will be looking for…

Laughology is all about the science of happiness. Our high-brow boffins have studied it and worked out the equation for creating happy people and organisations.

Confidence + personal development + mutual support + positive relationships + coping skills = happiness.

Any organisation, leader or person that takes measures to promote these five elements will be creating happiness. And the judges will be looking for evidence of each of these themes in your submission.

Check out the links here to discover what the judges look for in team and individual categories and also have a look at the grids for ideas about how organisations – both workplaces and schools - can create happiness. We hope this information helps, but most off all, judges want to hear your unique stories and the innovative ways you are putting happiness at the heart of what you do. So don’t get too hung up on the detail. And don’t forget, our judges love material such as photos, videos, testimonials, feedback and press cuttings.

Judges

The Laughology team are honoured to partner with an esteemed panel of successful leaders who will help judge the National Happiness Awards.
Gill White

Gill joined CIPD in July 2012 as Head of CIPD Training and was appointed a director for the newly formed directorate of careers & CPD in September 2013. Since then she has taken responsibility for the content, commercial, regional and international teams. She is currently the business and markets development director. Her remit covers commercial enterprises, business development and the international and regional areas.

Gill delivers speeches and workshops around the world which focus on the future of learning and development, leadership, strategic alignment and behavioural science.

Prior to working for the CIPD, Gill has held a variety of L&D leadership roles at Vodafone, Xchanging and SSP. She also held operational roles at consultancy IDology, Whitbread, Greenall’s and Vodafone.

Gill holds the prestigious IOD chartered director status, one of only 1,000 in the UK. She is also a fellow of both the IOD and CIPD. Gill’s main passion beyond learning and behavioural science remains her love of wine, something she studied to degree level when working in the trade. She never happier than when reading a book on the brain, accompanied by a nice pinot noir.

What Gill is looking for in entries to the Happiness Awards 2018 -
What I look for is the additional evidence – like videos or photos that help bring the entry to life. Anything that really helps demonstrate the impact that the intervention has had makes it more compelling.

Ian Gilbert

Ian is an award-winning author and editor. He established Independent Thinking in 1994. His best-selling books include Essential Motivation in the Classroom, Why do I Need a Teacher when I’ve got Google and Independent Thinking. His latest book is an Amazon number one collaborative epic entitled, controversially, The Working Class.

What Ian is looking for in entries to the Happiness Awards 2018 -
At a time when schools, heads and teachers are overworked, underfunded and vastly underappreciated, how are the schools working to make sure that childhood remains magical for all the children in their community?

David Bowman

David Bowman is Managing Director of Crown House Publishing Ltd, a company he co-founded in 1997. After leaving university he worked for British Gas in Management Services for 8 years before leaving to ‘do something more meaningful with my life’.

He now publishes books for teachers and school leaders on promoting independent thinking and learning and the benefits of positive education.

Kerry James

Kerry worked in youth social work before her legal career. She practised as a disputes lawyer at Burges Salmon before moving to legal education and leading the Legal Practice Course at the University of the West of England. She developed the University of Law’s presence in the South West as Director of its Bristol branch before returning to Burges Salmon where she leads the L&D team.

What Kerry is looking for in entries to the Happiness Awards 2018 -
I’m looking for entries demonstrating that people have thought individually and collectively about what well-being means. I am looking for entries that show a real commitment to improving the physical and mental health of themselves and others around them and understand the relationship between the two. Do people show an interest in others and support each other when the pressure is on? I’m looking for the business equivalent of ‘the family that plays together stays together’.

Nerina Ramlakhan
Physiologist Nerina Ramlakhan PhD has over 20 years experience in maximising individual and organisational performance. She founded BUPA’s Corporate Wellbeing Solutions and has worked extensively in the public and private sector.

After completing her post-doctoral training and research into the effects of lifestyle interventions on mental disorders, she spent five years in corporate health screening before studying organisational psychiatry and psychology at Guys Hospital. For over a decade she worked with the Nightingale Psychiatric Hospital in London on their sleep, energy & physical health programmes.

Nerina’s work with individuals and organisations includes motivational and leadership programmes, wellness and wnergy programmes, return to work coaching following long-term sickness absence and burnout prevention. She also runs regular sleep/energy workshops for women recovering from cancer at the Haven Centre in Fulham.

Nerina’s work is featured regularly in the national press and she has appeared on BBC radio, GMTV, ITV’s This Morning, CNN and SKY NEWS.

Nerina is the sleep advisor to the Silent Night bed company and Melia Hotels and Resorts.

What Nerina is looking for in entries to the Happiness Awards 2018 -
Rob Woodhead

Rob is managing director of Simply Better Events, a full-service events agency. Their purpose is to inspire people to think, feel and do things differently, and they do this by creating remarkable event experiences.

Simply Better recognise the important role that live events have in creating positive employee engagement, which in turn leads to a happier, more productive workplace; and are therefore delighted to be sponsoring the National Happiness Awards for a second year running.

What Rob is looking for in entries to the Happiness Awards 2018 - “afters” are key for me. It’s not just about programmes or processes that have been put in place, but more about the tangible impact that these initiatives have had…so measurement is key!

Sue Blyth
Sue Blyth is the head teacher of Fourfields Community Primary School in Peterborough; Britain’s Happiest School in 2017.

Prior to going into teaching, Sue was a professional singer and toured the world performing in theatres and concert halls. However, the desire to make education more inspiring and fun for children was too strong, and before long she found herself in the classroom putting her stage experience to better use.

Sue has been a head teacher now for five years and leads her school by the SHINE values: successful, happy, inspirational learning experiences in a nurturing environment that makes children excited to come to school each day. Growing veg for the school kitchen, re-enacting the Battle of Hastings, lighting camp fires, singing loudly and reading on their very own double decker bus, is all part of the fun!

What Sue is looking for in entries to the Happiness Awards 2018 - A school which is flourishing because it constantly seeks out innovative ways to ensure happiness and security for children, parents and staff.

Judging criteria

Happiest workplace
The criteria for the National Happiest Workplace is a bit of a whopper, so we thought you may prefer it in a downloadable Word format - but it well worth a read!
Happiest workplace person

Judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • Creativity and innovation in the way the nominee supports and encourages others and examples of how they go the extra mile to ensure colleagues are happy
  • A clear narrative that demonstrates how the nominee inspires, engages and contributes to the overall happiness in the organisation
  • How the nominee has a positive impact on the organisation and the community beyond
  • The positive impact the individual has on the organisation from staff feedback and testimonials from peers
Happiest team
Judges will be looking for evidence of:
  • A team which demonstrates an original and innovative approach to people development, promoting wellbeing and communicating positive messages about mental health and happiness
  • A clear narrative that demonstrates how the team excels in collaborative working and leadership
  • A rounded approach showing how the team positively impacts on other functions and the wider business
  • Key metrics, staff feedback and anecdotes that demonstrate how the team has strengthened the organisation
Happiest school

The criteria for the National Happiest School award is a bit of a whopper, so we thought you may prefer it in a downloadable Word format - it's well worth a read!

Happiest school person

Judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • Original and innovative ideas for contributing to the overall happiness of the school
  • A clear narrative that demonstrates how the person inspires, engages and contributes to the overall happiness, wellbeing and positive mental health in the school
  • How the person adds value to the school in terms of promoting happiness and children’s development beyond the curriculum inside and outside of the classroom
Happiest pupil

Judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • A creative and curious approach for getting the most out of school life
  • A clear narrative that demonstrates what the student has achieved and in what context
  • The positive impact the pupil has on the school to promote happiness

Last year's winners and runners-up

  • National Happiness Awards 2017 - Beckfoot Heath Primary School

    National Happiness Awards 2017 - Beckfoot Heath Primary School

  • National Happiness Awards 2017 - Burges-Salmon-Bristol

    National Happiness Awards 2017 - Burges Salmon, Bristol

  • National Happiness Awards 2017 - Callum Carr, St Matthews primary School, Luton

    National Happiness Awards 2017 - Callum Carr, St Matthews Primary School, Luton

  • National Happiness Awards 2017 - Debs Gallagher, Virgin Active

  • National Happiness Awards 2017 - Fourfields Community Primary School, Peterborough

    National Happiness Awards 2017 - Fourfields Community Primary School, Peterborough

  • National Happiness Awards 2017 - Gemma Spiers Paget Primary School

    National Happiness Awards 2017 - Gemma Spiers Paget Primary School

  • National Happiness Awards 2017 - Inspired to Change Associates, Peterborough

    National Happiness Awards 2017 - Inspired to Change Associates, Peterborough

  • National Happiness Awards 2017 - Joseph Edwards, Pelham Primary School, Merton

  • National Happiness Awards 2017 - Kaizen Primary School, Newham

  • National Happiness Awards 2017 - LACE Partners Ltd, London

  • National Happiness Awards 2017 - Natalie-Reed, Regents-Park Community College, Southampton

  • National Happiness Awards 2017 - The Outward Bound Trust, Aberdovey Catering Team

    National Happiness Awards 2017 - The Outward Bound Trust, Aberdovey Catering Team

  • National Happiness Awards 2017 - /William Ridley, Sky Betting & Gaming

    National Happiness Awards 2017 - /William Ridley, Sky Betting & Gaming

2018 AWARDS SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS


Gold venue sponsor

The Landing

More about The Landing
The Landing gives digital SMEs and micro-businesses a place to work alongside large media and technology organisations, allowing them to be part of and benefit from the exciting and rapidly growing community at MediaCityUK. Spanning seven floors, we combine all cross-sections of the digital creative industry to create a unique environment where SMEs can thrive. From digital workflow, post production and interactive media labs to meeting, working and social spaces, we offer everything under one roof.

Gold sponsor

Lace Partners Ltd

More about Lace Partners
We are fundamentally different to traditional consultancies.

We share a passion and belief that people hold the key to unlocking company value.

We are a global consultancy equipped with a pioneering mix of HR change specialists and progressive technologies.

We provide a bespoke service to help you solve your business and technology challenges.

Our operating model drives innovation, quality and value at a competitive price.

Lace Partners

Silver business sponsor

More about Simply Better Events

Simply Better Events are a full service events agency you can trust to deliver every time.

We’re proud to work with some of the UK's best-loved brands, helping them to create remarkable experiences that inspire their staff, customers or stakeholders to think, feel and do things differently.

www.simplybetterevents.com

Silver education sponsor

More about Crown house

Crown House Publishing is an award-winning publisher of professional development resources for teachers and school leaders.

We are dedicated to publishing top quality books that help schools to nurture skilled, intuitive, self-directed learners who can think independently and work collaboratively and who are emotionally resilient enough to cope with challenges and realise their full learning potential.

We are delighted to be sponsoring the Laughology Happiness Awards as laughter and enjoyment are vital both to improving wellbeing in schools and to the learning process in general.

www.crownhouse.co.uk


Bronze business sponsor

More about Simply Better Events

Simply Better Events are a full service events agency you can trust to deliver every time.

We’re proud to work with some of the UK's best-loved brands, helping them to create remarkable experiences that inspire their staff, customers or stakeholders to think, feel and do things differently.

www.simplybetterevents.com


Supporters


Awards Charity Partner

Andy Burnham - Mayor of Greater Manchester
This year's Happiness Awards 2018 charity is the GTMCR Mayor’s homelessness fund.

Find out more the homeless fund...

WINNERS AND RUNNERS-UP FROM THE NATIONAL HAPPINESS AWARDS 2017

The Laughology National Happiness Awards 2017 were presented at a special ceremony on Friday, 18th November, 2016, at CIPD, London.

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