NATIONAL HAPPINESS AWARDS 2017

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

  • Nominations deadline:
    Nominations close at midnight on Friday, 20th October
  • Awards ceremony:
    Friday, 17th November, 2017
  • Venue:
    CIPD Wimbledon, 151 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1JQ

There are seven categories in this years National Happiness Awards

Organisations and business

  • Happiest Workplace
    Prize: £3000 of training
  • Happiest Employee (all levels)
    Prize: £300 voucher of choice
  • Happiest Team -
    Prize: £300 under 10 people, £500 over 10 people
  • Happiest Future Leader (Graduate or Apprentice)
    Prize: £150 voucher of choice

Schools and education

  • Happiest School
    Prize: £1000 of vouchers of your choice and £1000 of training
  • Happiest School Employee
    (Teacher, Head Teacher or Support Staff)
    Prize: £300 voucher of choice
  • Happiest Pupil
    Prize: £100 voucher of their choice

Nomination deadline

Nominations close at midnight on Friday, 20th October
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About the awards

At Laughology, we like to reward happiness in all its guises, because happiness not only makes us feel good, it makes us be good too. It promotes productivity, it boosts health, it makes us better people and it improves learning on every level.

Following the success of last year, we are holding the second National Happiness Awards. We want to honour the happiest workplace, the happiest school, and the happiness heroes who contribute the most to making them the happiest places to work and learn in the UK.

We are really excited to announce two new awards this year including Happiest Team, Happiest Newcomer and Happiest Pupil. So if you are a school, workplace, or if you work in the public sector, we want you to nominate your #happinessHeroes2017 and tell us why they deserve an award.

Why should you enter?

The National Happiness Awards 2017 are the first of their kind in the UK. We decided it was about time that organisations recognised the importance of happiness and making it count for their people.

We know that when organisations invest in initiatives that promote happy working, their engagement scores rise.  Entering your business or school for the National Happiness Awards will show your employees and external customers that you value the importance of happy and engaged teams and are committed to promoting happiness.

What are the benefits?

Being nominated, short-listed or winning one of our Happiness Awards is our direct endorsement of the positive work culture at your workplace or school. Laughology is considered a pioneer in the art of using happiness and humour to improve motivation and productivity at work. 

The National Happiness Awards recognise the hard work and dedication of your teams so being nominated and potentially winning an award is an excellent way to boost staff morale. It can also help attract new business and talent to your company or school.

Entering a deserving colleague to our awards can serve as a way to thank them publicly and show appreciation for all they do to build a happy, healthy and positive work environment.

AWARDS SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS


Diamond sponsors

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

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


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 the CIPD in July 2012 as Head of CIPD Training and was appointed in September 2013 to head up the newly formed Directorate of Knowledge and Capability.

Prior to working for the CIPD, Gill held a variety of Head of L&D roles at Vodafone, Xchanging and SSP as well as operational roles including Managing Director of the consultancy IDology and Operations Manager for Whitbread, Greenalls and Vodafone.

Gill is one of just 1,000 directors in the UK to hold the prestigious Chartered Director status, awarded by the Institute of Directors.

Perry Timms

Perry Timms has a mission: To design a better future of work for us all to lead more fulfilling lives.

Perry is Founder and Chief Energy Officer of PTHR, with over 25 years experience in leadership and organisational change through technology. 

Perry is a Certified WorldBlu® Freedom at Work Consultant + Coach, TEDx Speaker on the Future of Work and in-demand to help people create more next stage organisations - pioneering new ways to work through self-organised, employee-owned and agile methodologies - an area in which he works, writes and speaks internationally.

Perry is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, a Visiting Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University, a Fellow of the RSA and a member of the adjunct faculty at Hult Executive Education at Ashridge Business School.

Perry is also an Adviser to the CIPD around Social Media, HR and Learning and will publish his first book - Transformational HR - with Kogan Page in October 2017. 

To contact Perry you will find him on Twitter @PerryTimms.

Ian Gilbert

Ian is an award-winning author and editor, a leading educational speaker and entrepreneur and a man who the IB World magazine named as one of its top 15 educational ‘visionaries’. He established Independent Thinking in 1994 as a platform where leading practitioners to share their work in bringing the best out of all children. 

He is the author of several best-selling books including Essential Motivation in the Classroom and Why Do I Need a Teacher When I’ve Got Google? His latest book, Independent Thinking, was published in 2014.

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.

Jane Thomas

Jane started her teaching career in 1993, in an urban school. In 2000 she became one of the first and youngest Advanced Skills Teachers or ‘super teachers’ as the media dubbed them at the time!

In 2002 Jane become a Deputy to a Head, whose educational values matched her own, only for her to leave eighteen months later!

Encouraged by colleagues and her family Jane applied for the headship, and became head of the school in 2004. Already a good school academically, the headroom for growth was children’s personal and social development and turning the school around to face the community. This became the stand out characteristic of the school and in 2006 it’s work was recognised by OFSTED as outstanding in all areas - the first school in the Authority to achieve this.

Jane and her school has worked with Laughology to develop and write the Happy Centred School Programme to enable other schools to harness the power of optimistic, positive and growth mind-sets.

After being nominated last year by her colleagues, Jane was the first winner of the Happiest Headteacher Award in recognition of the enabling organisational culture she has built for big people and little people!

Judging criteria

Happiest workplace

Open to all businesses and organisations. A place that takes happiness seriously, that actively promotes staff wellbeing, mental health and engagement through definable actions based around happiness. A place which supports staff to develop themselves beyond their workplace roles. A place where positive relationships are encouraged and given frameworks in which to flourish. A place which promotes positive links to the community beyond the workplace.

In no more than 500 words please explain why your nomination deserves to win.  Please give specific examples of the measures the workplace has taken to fulfil the criteria.

In this category, judges will be looking for:

  • Original and innovative ideas for delivering happiness, wellbeing and positive mental health in the organisation (10 points)
  • A clear narrative that demonstrates how initiatives and wellbeing interventions impact the wider organisation and the community (10 points)
  • A rounded approach showing how your organisation strives to promote wellbeing, personal development, mental health, resilience and support through effective leadership, culture and environment (10 points)
  • Evidence of success: how the measures add value to the organisation in terms of promoting people development and happiness. Please use key metrics, staff feedback and anecdotes. You may present your evidence in whichever way you like; photos, video, presentation etc. (10 points) 

Happiest employee

A person who lightens the mood, supports and inspires through laughter and positivity and goes that extra mile to support colleagues. Someone whose positive attitude impacts on the wellbeing of those around them. A person who inspires and communicates serious messages using humour where appropriate. A person who goes above and beyond to make sure teams and colleagues are happy and motivated. A person who will seek positive outcomes to issues. A person who makes others feel good and who helps colleagues. A person who encourages laughter and loyalty and has taken a keen interest in actions that promote positive mental health.

In no more than 500 words please explain why your nominee deserves to win.  Please give specific examples of the measures your leader, manager or employee has taken to fulfil the criteria.

In this category, judges will be looking for:

  • 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 (10 points)
  • A clear narrative that demonstrates how the nominee inspires, engages and contributes to the overall happiness in the organisation (10 points)
  • Evidence that the nominee has a positive impact on the organisation and the community beyond (10 points)
  • Evidence of success: what impact has the individual had on the organisation? Use staff feedback and testimonials from peers.  You may present your evidence in whichever way you like; photos, video, presentation etc. (10 points)

Happiest team

A team that puts happiness, mental health and wellbeing at the heart of working life and offers support to all. A team that places the mental health and wellbeing needs of others equal to the needs of the business as a whole. A team which is approachable, collaborative and inspires others to want to work with it. A team which pulls together in challenging times, promotes positive relationships and uses humour and laughter as an effective communication and team building tool. A team which performs well, is inclusive and is able to attract and retain like-minded members.

In no more than 500 words please explain why your nomination deserves to win.  Please give specific examples of the measures the team has taken to fulfil the criteria.

In this category, judges will be looking for:

  • A team which demonstrates an original and innovative approach to people development; promoting wellbeing, communicating positive messages about mental health and happiness as a priority (10 points)
  • A clear narrative that demonstrates how the team excels in collaborative working and leadership (10 points)
  • A rounded approach showing how the team positively impacts other functions and the wider business (10 points)
  • Evidence of success: how has this team strengthened your organisation? Please use key metrics, staff feedback and anecdotes. You may present your evidence in whichever way you like; photos, video, presentation, etc. (10 points)

TOTAL 40 points

Happiest future leader

Open to graduates and apprentices. An individual who embraces learning and on-the-job development and understands that having fun complements learning and development. This person has already made a huge impact on happiness levels within their business and is a graduate or apprentice who displays exceptional positive leadership potential. An ambitious person who goes above and beyond to support their colleagues and is enthusiastic, positive and brings real benefits to their team and the business. 

In no more than 500 words please explain why your nominee deserves to win.  Please give specific examples of the measures the nominee has taken to fulfil the criteria.

In this category, judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of a creative and curious approach to learning and training (10 points)
  • A clear narrative that demonstrates what the individual has achieved and in what context (it’s important to recognise their level of experience) (10 points)
  • A rounded approach to overall working life, showing how the individual inspires and promotes happiness and wellbeing with everyone they work with (10 points)
  • Evidence: what impact has the individual had on the business to promote happiness and positive mental health? Please use staff feedback and testimonials from peers.  You may present your evidence in whichever way you like; photos, video, presentation, etc. (10 points)

Happiest school

A place that puts happiness, mental health and wellbeing at the heart of school life and offers support to all. A place that takes active measures to make sure pupils have fun while learning and at school. A place that has a positive impact on the local community and promotes positive mental health through community initiatives. A place that is inclusive and promotes positive relationships between all.  A place that encourages laughter and happiness in all its learning and actively includes wellbeing, mental health and happiness as part of its curriculum and school ethos.

In no more than 500 words please explain why your nominated school deserves to win.  Please give specific examples of the measures the school has taken to fulfil the criteria.

In this category, judges will be looking for:

  • Original and innovative ideas for ensuring positive mental health, happiness and student wellbeing in the school (10 points)
  • A clear narrative that demonstrates how initiatives impact on the community (10 points)
  • A rounded approach rooted in effective leadership, culture and wellbeing that drives happiness internally and externally (10 points)
  • Evidence of success: value to the school and community in terms of promoting people and child development inside and outside the classroom. Please use staff feedback, anecdotes and evidence including videos and photographs. Entries that show children’s views will also be valuable.  (10 points)

TOTAL 40 points

Happiest school employee

Open to headteachers, teachers, teaching assistants and support staff. A person who makes sure the school is happy. A person who is approachable, whose door is always open and who gets involved in all activities. A person who goes above and beyond to make sure pupils, colleagues and the wider learning community are happy. A person who encourages creativity within school to promote wellbeing, positive mental health and happiness. A person who entertains to make school memorable. A person who uses humour and laughter creatively to engage and support school life. A person who goes out of their way to help and who goes above and beyond to bring happiness to school life and the wider community.

In no more than 500 words please explain why your nominee deserves to win.  Please give specific examples of the measures the nominee has taken to fulfil the criteria.

In this category, judges will be looking for:

  • Original and innovative ideas for contributing to the overall happiness of the school (10 points)
  • A clear narrative that demonstrates how this person inspires, engages and contributes to the overall happiness, wellbeing and positive mental health in the school (10 points)
  • Evidence of success: how does this person add value to the school in terms of promoting and children’s development beyond the curriculum and happiness inside and outside of the classroom? Please use staff and child feedback and anecdotes through written, video and photographic evidence. (10 points)


TOTAL 30 points

Happiest pupil

A pupil who understands that school is not just about learning in the classroom but about development and involvement in all school life and the community beyond. A young person who is enthusiastic, positive and curious about how they can apply their learning to bring real benefits to the community and other organisations. 

A pupil who goes out of their way to help their peers and teachers. A pupil who enjoys turning up to school every day and who uses humour to express themselves.

In no more than 500 words please explain why your nominee deserves to win.  Please give specific examples of the measures the nominee has taken to fulfil the awards criteria.

In this category, judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of a creative and curious approach for getting the most out of school life. (10)
  • A clear narrative that demonstrates what the student has achieved and in what context. (10)
  • Evidence: what impact has the student had on the school to promote happiness? Please use staff feedback and testimonials from peers through written, video evidence and photographs. (10)
  • TOTAL 30 points 

Awards Charity Partner

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This year we are delighted to welcome Combat Stress as our Awards Charity Partner. Combat Stress is the UK’s leading mental health charity for veterans. They provide free specialist clinical treatment and welfare support to ex-servicemen and women across the UK with mental health conditions.

All donations raised by the awards will go to Combat Stress.


www.combatstress.org.uk

WINNERS AND RUNNERS-UP FROM THE NATIONAL HAPPINESS AWARDS 2016

The Laughology National Happiness Awards 2016 were presented at a special ceremony on Friday, 18th November, 2016, at the prestigious RBS building, Bishopsgate, London.

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NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE NATIONAL HAPPINESS AWARDS 2017

Over £5000 worth of prizes to be won. 

Organisations and business

  • Happiest Workplace
  • Happiest Employee (all levels)
  • Happiest Team
  • Happiest Future Leader (graduate or apprentice)

Schools and education

  • Happiest School
  • Happiest School Employee
    (Teacher, Head Teacher or Support Staff)
  • Happiest Pupil

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