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5 habits to help you spread happy vibes at work

Happiness at work starts at the top, and executives can be successfully contagious for their employees — here’s how.

This article was originally published on The CEO Magazine

When I ask CEOs, “What is happiness at work?” the reactions are always different. Some are troubled by the question; they justify their lack of interest by believing there are more important issues than being happy. Others believe happiness is a right; it’s to be pursued by any means and is essential for the welfare of the individual and the benefit of the company. I agree with the latter personalities, and with Richard Branson when he says, “Happiness is the secret ingredient for successful businesses. If you have a happy company, it will be invincible.”

The reasons why happiness is so critical to business have been recorded in several studies. A survey by Gallup found only 13% of employees worldwide feel engaged at work, while a recent study by economists at the University of Warwick revealed happy employees were 12% more productive than their unhappy colleagues. Studies by Harvard Business School also show that happy workers are more creative, optimistic and motivated, better able to solve problems, make good decisions, and learn faster.

The good news? In order to seek happiness at work, you don’t have to quit your job, venture to the Himalayas and meditate in a cave for years. The simplest way to pursue happiness is to replace bad habits with good ones. On a personal level, it means improving your life habits; in a collective space, such as the workplace, it means changing the corporate culture.

Executives who care authentically about their employees create successful companies. Executives who are attentive only to profits create dissatisfaction, anxiety
and mistrust.

One of the pillars of happiness within an organisation must start from the top of the organisational chart. Executives who care authentically about their employees create successful companies. Executives who are attentive only to profits create dissatisfaction, anxiety and mistrust. 

All executives can play a key role in creating a happy working environment by placing the wellbeing of the employee within the company’s strategies and values. The most successful companies strive to build authentic relationships, show staff they honestly care about them, and

Work From Home Day – April 10th

Today is the official launch of April 10th as #workfromhomeday and perhaps how many people are working from home right now.

Working from home is, for many people, the first step to working remotely. I’ve seen a lot of people change for the better when they start working from home, so although it’s not the way I usually work, I fully support it.

There are countless advantages. It is a day for many employers to take in hand some request for working from home and give a chance to someone. Maybe you’ll make someone happy, if you are an employer. Most of the time it happens that the quantity and quality of work remains the same or increases so there is just a little risk. ?

?Today I will also be working from home here in Costa Rica. ?

Come Aumentare la Produttività nel lavoro da remoto: 10 Modi per farlo da solo e con il tuo team

Sempre più persone cercano nuove modalità per migliorare la gestione del tempo e ridurre le distrazioni mentre lavorano da remoto.

Questo articolo è stato originariamente pubblicato su nomadidigitali.

La tecnologia attuale ci ha portato la consapevolezza e la dimostrazione che è possibile lavorare ovunque. Eppure per chi lavora da remoto può risultare più difficile rimanere focalizzato.

Le distrazioni sono sempre presenti sia che lavori da casa, da un co-working o un co-living oppure in mobilità completa dal luogo che preferisci.

Essere produttivi significa completare tutte le attività che ti sei prefissato durante la giornata o sorprenderti completando molte più attività del solito o come dicono gli anglosassoni “get shit done”.

Aumentare la produttività personale è il primo passo per aiutare se stessi e iniziare ad aiutare anche gli altri. Infatti quando lavori in team è più complesso analizzare e aumentare la produttività ma potresti sempre ritrovarti a lavorare in un gruppo per completare un progetto più grande.

Ecco alcuni stratagemmi per massimizzare la produttività mentre lavori da remoto da solo o in team.

Prenditi il Tuo Tempo la Mattina

Non buttarti subito nel lavoro. Non prendere lo smartphone come prima cosa per poter leggere le tue e-mail magari mentre sei seduto sul wc.

E’ importante trovare la propria migliore routine mattiniera seguendo quello che preferisci: facendo dello yoga, meditando, andando a correre o semplicemente prendendo un buonissimo caffè mentre leggi il giornale.

La mattina ti permette di stabilire il tono della tua giornata. Parti quindi con qualcosa che ti rilassa e ispira, puoi ad esempio fare colazione nel tuo locale preferito e nel frattempo leggere i feed a cui sei iscritto oppure un articolo ispirazionale di Leo Babauta.

Prepara l’Ambiente in cui Lavori

Una delle prima azioni è creare un posto di lavoro adeguato, libero da distrazioni e in grado di migliorare la tua focalizzazione piuttosto che la tua creatività se il lavoro lo richiede. Creare un ufficio virtuale è molto di più che avere un posto dove condividere file e il calendario.

Se lavori con un team quello che dovresti fare è simulare l’esperienza di lavorare in uno spazio insieme, ma online. Dovresti quindi rendere le comunicazioni online leggere, in tempo reale e facili da capire.

Dovresti trovare modi per capire su cosa stanno lavorando

Breaking the mould: The future of innovation is all about people

No matter what kind of innovation CEOs and executives decide is best for the future of a company, the common thread is people, writes Giovanni Battista Pozza.

This article was originally published on The CEO Magazine

Organisations have a great potential to nurture knowledge, relationships, skills, and, most of all people, all of which can empower innovation. The possibility for innovation is not just a matter of processes and methodologies, creative brainstorming and rapid prototyping — but also culture.

Michael Schrage, one of the world’s most original thought leaders on innovation, purports that innovation is about “the intensity of people’s passion.” It is the winning combination of people and culture, an environment that allows ideas to thrive, and a workplace that contributes to wellbeing and happiness that promotes innovation.

One of the most difficult tasks for any organisation is to build an engine for innovation, an open space where a company can build its future. Ideally, this strategic space promotes innovation in a way most fitting for the company: to increase efficiency, sustain the established business, and to create new growth.

The ability of a business to innovate is in the ability of the business to create an environment that promotes people growth.

No matter what kind of innovation CEOs and executives decide is best for the future of a company, the common thread is people. Promoting innovation in people leads to an inventive workplace culture, which means happy clients and happy employees — and the creation of better products and services.

Business leaders and executives play a fundamental role in this model because they are the only ones that can modify and improve a company’s DNA. It’s obvious that the ability of a business to innovate is in the ability of the business to create an environment that promotes people growth.

Executives are responsible for the management and organisational innovation process. In particular, the role of chief HR officer is fundamental as the person with the knowledge of people’s needs and in evaluating the best employee experience possible.

12 principles for a more innovative workforce

  1. Pursue happiness at work


    This creates a good base for individual and company welfare, which means people can

The workplace of the future

What trends are driving the future of work, work spaces and, importantly, the wellbeing of employees?

This article was originally published on The CEO Magazine

Despite the deep social changes that have transformed people’s lives over the years, the workplace has remained essentially the same. Many people still work in traditional working environments with the same desks, computers and work habits that have always seemed to exist.


Metropool, Amsterdam by Brigitte Kroone

Well, not for much longer. In the upcoming years, the workplace will evolve drastically, even altering the meaning of the word ‘work’. The evolution of the workplace was explored at the recent Salone del Mobile exhibition in Milan, ‘Workplace 3.0’, at which international architects created an installation, ‘A Joyful Sense at Work’, dedicated to the cultural and anthropological transformations taking place in the workplace. This concept of Workplace 3.0 has re-interpreted offices as a fluid place in motion, to be appropriated and experienced through play and joy.

We are seeing a movement in which people – especially the younger generations – affirm their uniqueness. The standard workplace and its rules, which masked the uniqueness of individuals in order to adapt to an organisation’s needs, is moving to one that instead will adapt to the needs of individuals. In this movement, everyone wants to be included.

Here are some predictions and considerations for the workplace of the future.

Disconnection will become a basic need

The complexity within organisations has grown and the use of technology has become pervasive. The need to log off for even a short time is a necessity. New research shows how important it is for employees’ wellbeing that they log off from technology; the continuous multi-tasking caused by always being connected promotes fractured thinking.
Disconnection improves intangible aspects such as creativity, focus and the ability to have relationships. Companies can guide the wellbeing of their employees through places and occasions to disconnect, and to encourage those habits.

Human and AI

In the workplace, artificial intelligence will be the intelligent assistant that will
help us work smarter – from chatbots to algorithms for employee recruitment to real-time answers to HR questions. HR leaders can begin to

10 aprile: giorno del lavoro da casa

Oggi è il lancio ufficiale del 10 aprile come #workfromhomeday e chissà quante persone stanno lavorando da casa proprio in questo momento.

Lavorare da casa è, per molte persone, il primo passo per lavorare da remoto. Ho visto molte persone cambiare in meglio iniziando a lavorare da casa e quindi, nonostante non sia la modalità di lavoro che uso solitamente, la sostengo completamente.

Ci sono innumerevoli vantaggi. È un giorno per tanti datori di lavoro per riprendere in mano qualche richiesta di poter lavorare da casa e dargli una possibilità. Magari farete felice una persona. Il più delle volte succede che la quantità e qualità del lavoro rimane la stessa o aumenta quindi c’è poco da rischiare. ?

Per oggi lavorerò anch’io da casa qui in Costa Rica 🤟