Octopus Energy is a renewable energy company, based in London, which offers100% renewable electricity and full carbon offsets for gas. This means that from an energy point of view homes can be carbon neutral – and that means a happy planet. And what better to compliment a happy planet than a happy team?
The digital operations team (Digiops) from Octopus Energy, have been nominated, by Kerry Allan, for a National Happiness Awards 2018 in the category of Happiest team.
As part of her nomination, Kerry said:
'Our team works remotely from the South of England to the North of Scotland to the Isle of Wight. We only meet once every couple of months in London, so we communicate online through methods like Slack, Google Hangouts or conference calls on training days.
'No matter when we are on shift there is always someone there to answer our questions, offer advice and listen to anything we need to share. We all work on boosting customer happiness, but it definitely transfers into team happiness. You are working alone, but you are never lonely - I can honestly say I have never worked with such a happy bunch!
'We all work collaboratively, supporting each other and guiding anyone who needs it. We include everyone in any chat and celebrate each other's achievements. (namely using gifs or emojis on our slack channel!) We work as a support team out with the normal working hours, and we are all Mum's working around our children - delighted to have found an organisation that encourages such flexible working and work that really works.'
Is your team the happiest in the UK - think you can out-happy the Octopus Energy digiops team? Tell us about them by nominating them for one of the six categories in this year's National Happiness Awards 2018.
A growing menopause awareness across workplaces and organisations is leading to much-needed changes for women experiencing symptoms, but there’s still a long way to go. Luckily for the staff at Network Rail, Kerry Leigh was on hand to deliver a menopause webinar to help everyone understand the impact that it can have on women in the workplace.
Developing and maintaining resilience and positivity in schools as we come out of the Covid era is going to be more important than ever before. Supporting staff to understand what makes them happy and therefore more resilient is a great way to help the whole school community feel more positive as life begins to return to normal.
Home learning has been a challenge for parents across the county. Finding yourself in the role of teacher has been daunting for many, particularly when children start banding around terms like ‘past progressive’ and ‘the grid method’ - which, to our relief, has certainly nothing to do with birth control.
Developing resilience skills and exploring how changing the way we think can help children face problems as they arise. It was with this in mind that Victoria Maitland enjoyed an online visit to students from Cookham Rise Primary in late January, to deliver two virtual, action-packed FLIP-it Thinking sessions for 120 students.
Do you need to grow your resilience? Are you fed up with your neighbour’s cat dropping a turd on your best efforts to be more positive? Well fear not! Our new webinar will help you grow and develop your resilience skills, so Felix finds someone else’s roses to ruin.
Okay, okay, so it’s only taken us about five years to get our YouTube shizzle together, but we’ve finally immersed ourselves in 21st Century life and got our Laughology Learning and Development channel up and running. Yup, we know your life is now officially fulfilled, but do try to contain yourself.
We love what we do here at Laughology Towers, so you can imagine the excitement when one of our favourite learning partners, Natwest Group, won an award for their amazing wellbeing programme which we were a part of.
Over the last few months, we’ve been working on our diversity agenda and, as part of this, we have created a rebel boardroom. Not another tick-box exercise, I hear you sigh. Well no, actually. On the contrary.
It’s been a busy month for Laughology and Kerry spent a lot of time with The Useful Simple Trust helping them improve their presentation skills. These are people with lots of experience in presenting, with bags of knowledge in their chosen field, but who were keen to increase engagement, particularly given the added online challenge.
Laughology’s Head of Happiness, Stephanie Davies, has made it her life's mission to make workplaces happier spaces. So, when she was approached by CIPD to support their online conference this year, of course she said ‘yes’.
The start to the school year has been different, to say the least. Initially there were mixed messages. You're going back to school. No you’re not. Yes you are. But only if you have a vowel in your name.
Lost your mojo? Wondering how to find it? Never fear, we’re here to help you retrieve it with our top 3 mojo-boosting blog posts. With top tips to get you through lockdown and beyond, you’ll be feeling much more positive in no time - and you don’t even need to look down the back of the sofa…