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Happiness at work: what, why, how?

Geneva, October 30th 2018, workshop for the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

The topic of happiness is really trendy at the moment, so much so that a book just came out (in French) with the title “Happycratie.” It criticizes this craze by dismissing it as individualistic and as a “sham to convince us that wealth and poverty, success and failure, health and sickness are our own responsibility.” As much as we can indeed recognize that talk of happiness is incredibly widespread and that lead to a neo-liberal highjacking, it is nonetheless appropriate to acknowledge that, all things considered, it is more pleasant to live a happy life than to live an unhappy life.

Of course we must first agree on what we mean by happiness. There is a current tendency to think that it would actually be possible to be happy about everything; that this state could be reached if only we worked hard enough at it. It is absolutely clear to me that life is made of lots of different things, some pleasant and some much less pleasant. That is not the issue! The issue is to realize that we are actually able to modify our emotional states, our relationships and our outlook on the world.

We spend a lot of time at work so why would we want to be unhappy there? I am not suggesting that we deem acceptable things that are not, I am suggesting that we look to impact what can be impacted.

People who are happy at work have a lot of benefits and so do the people around them, even their employer benefits from this. It is actually good for everyone!

On October 30th, I will be leading a workshop for ICF-Geneva, for coaches, consultants and managers. This interactive workshop will be about:

  • What is happiness at work?
  • Why is it interesting?
  • How can we be happier at work?

This last question is interesting for individuals but also has collective interest. Indeed, let us look for ways to facilitate happiness at work for employees, colleagues and teams and also ways for businesses and organizations to contribute to happiness at work given that they also, after all, benefit from this!

I invite you to join me on October 30th 2018, from 6PM to 10PM, at Webster University in Geneva. To sign-up, please click here.