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.
Sarah Creegan is a former head teacher, our educational consultant and a lead facilitator. She is also a Mental Health First Aider; has undergone Laughology’s unique stand-up comedy training and has enough psychology books and magazines to wallpaper her house with. Not that she would do that – that would just be silly!
We are getting used to working and meeting virtually and there are some positives. Meetings can be recorded, people who might normally shy away from contributing can be engaged through chat and creative use of technology can bring meetings to life.
Victoria Maitland led a FLIP-it webinar for Achieving for Children last month. The programme centred on how to use Laughology’s FLIP-it model to think positively and develop resilience in challenging times.
Since lockdown, lead happiness consultant, Dave Keeling, has been looking to challenge himself, but tired of jigsaws and the eternal hunt for flour, he was thrilled to be asked to do some online improvisation to help business leaders think differently.
Kerry Leigh is one of our lead mental health experts and facilitators. She has trained in Mental Health First Aid, is well-read in psychology and has also facilitated for the mental health charity Manchester Mind.
With some green shoots starting to appear, there is some optimism about returning to work and school and normality starting to form. There is also understandably some real concern and anxieties about how this will happen safely.
Here at Laughology, we have been at the forefront of supporting positive mental health at work. So we’re not just supporting you with content for Mental Health Awareness Week, but for the rest of the month. Starting from 18th May, we will be sharing our next learning burst series all about mental health at work. Here’s what we have planned:
Over the last two years we’ve been supporting O2’s leadership team to develop skills for having great conversations. Our Big Chats, Little Chats programme is embedded as part of the company’s leadership strategy. The programme has been delivered virtually and face-to-face to over 2,000 people.
Kerry our Lead Laughology Facilitator spoke at the Health and Wellbeing at Work 2020 event and was invited by a new client to run a session at their upcoming workplace Wellbeing event. Then Covid-19 made its dramatic appearance - DUN DUN DUNNNNNNN!
Lots has changed for us as a team since lockdown. Our very own Lead Happiness Consultant Dave Keeling now knows that “Zoom” isn’t just a song by the Fatback Band, but also a very effective video conferencing tool.
Here at Laughology Towers we have been beavering away to support you better during these unusual times. We have adapted our content and upped our virtual delivery game to make sure we can still offer our learning workshops and programmes in the playful and positive Laughology way you all know and love.
The word unprecedented gets used a lot nowadays. For good reason. Just a few short months ago, no one could have envisaged how the world would change so much, so rapidly. Even the best prepared and most resilient organisations have felt the strain. We’ve all had to be agile and adaptable. For some businesses, particularly in the hospitality and tourism sector, the future remains very uncertain.
Last week we kicked off our online learning bursts with an introduction to FLIP-it Thinking. We explored focus (the F in FLIP) and how to focus on the positives. Hopefully you’ve been flippin lovin it!