Welcome to the National Happiness Awards 2017 nomination form

This form has four sections and should only take you a few minutes to fill in, they are:
  • Your nomination category and why you think your nomination should win an award
  • Any information you may have to support your nomination
  • Award nominee contact details
  • Your contact details

Finally, push the big blue button at the end of the form to submit your nomination and good luck. You will be informed no later than the 3rd of November 2017 if your nomination has made it to the finalists shortlist, or not, for the awards ceremony on 17th November.

If you have any questions about the awards process, please call us on 0844 800 1701 or email stephw@laughology.co.uk

Your nomination

Organisation or business School and education
Business Public Health Charity Other
Happiest Workplace Happiest Employee Happiest Team Happiest Future Leader (Graduate or Apprentice)

Happiest workplace criteria:

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 criteria:

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 Criteria:

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 criteria:

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)

TOTAL 40 points

Nursery Primary Secondary Sixth form College University Other
Happiest School Employee (Teacher, Headteacher or Support Staff) Happiest School Happiest Pupil

Criteria for 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 criteria:

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 criteria:

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 

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Information to support your nomination

If you have any documents or links to support your nomination you can upload them here.

The maximum file size is 2mb (jpg, jpeg, png, pdf, doc, docx)

Nominee contact details

Your contact details

By submitting your form and materials to us you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:
  • You warrant to us that any material you submit to us is your own original work and that you own the copyright and any other relevant rights.
  • You warrant that the material you submit is not obscene, offensive, defamatory of any person or otherwise illegal.
  • By entering the awards, entrants understand that the information they provide about their company (excluding all personal contact information which will remain confidential at all time) may be used by the Happiness Awards for marketing purposes at any time in the future.

If you have any questions about the awards process, please call 0844 800 1701 or email stephw@laughology.co.uk

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£5 donation

After you have clicked the submit button, you will be directed to a page where you can choose to make a donation to our National Happiness Awards 2017 charity partner, Combat Stress, a mental health charity for veterans. Laughology will match any donation you make. 

Thank you.​


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