The search is on to find the happiest workplace and worker in the country, as part of a new initiative to reward Britain’s brightest businesses and employees.
The Laughology Happiness Awards 2016 have been launched by consultancy Laughology to mark its tenth anniversary and to recognise the importance happiness plays in the nation’s economic performance.
Laughology founder and CEO, Stephanie Davies explained: “At Laughology we have been studying the benefits of happiness on productivity and well-being for 10 years, and were one of the first organisations to help others harness the benefits of happiness through training and engagement. We have worked globally with some of the biggest business in the world. [Clients include NatWest, RBS, Severn Trent Water, International Nuclear Services, HSBC, NHS, Bank of Valetta, Savills and Simmons and Simmons].
“We are holding the first Laughology Happiness Awards for businesses and organisations because we want to honour the happiest staff, businesses, organisations and managers in the country. Increasingly, organisations are realising how important happiness and humour in the workplace are. Happiness makes people healthier, more resilient and more productive – and it promotes positive relationships and creativity. It boosts the bottom line.
“We are looking for the people and organisations that make a real difference and embody the core themes of happiness.”
Laughology stressed that ‘David Brents need not apply. The Laughology Happiness Awards aim to recognise the serious business of happiness, rather than workplace clowns’.
Nominations are invited in the categories of Happiest Business or Organisation and Happiest Leader, Manager or Employee. To submit a nomination, go to http://www.laughology.co.uk/ Entries close on October 17.
The awards ceremony will be held in London on November 18 at the roof top conservatory in the RBS building in Bishopsgate.
The Awards are sponsored by furniture manufacturer Herman Miller and Crown House Publishing, and supported by RBS, NatWest, Independent Thinking 2016 and government adviser Sir Anthony Seldon.