Fifteen years in to my career in the pharmaceutical industry, I went to a keynote delivered by Nic - Intelligent Happiness. This is where I heard for the first time, the clear evidence that happiness and business go together! As a sales manager, with a passion for building happy high performing teams, this really resonated. I had a knew that what I was creating within my teams was producing results, but until that day could not quantify this in my appraisals. When I saw the job ad at Friday asking “Do you believe employee happiness should be a key business performance metric and want to apply your commercial experience in a purposeful way?” there was only one thing for it :)
I guess I've always been interested in happiness (who isn't!?), but while I was studying Occupational Psychology, I realized how important happiness is in the workplace. And not only for the employees themselves, but for their employers too. That's what led me to Friday.
Early on in my life, I realized that work and living go together and that it’s important to keep these two parts in balance. Friday is a company that not only believes in this mantra but also actively works towards creating harmonious workplaces.
So here I am! 😀.
So here I am! 😀.
My time spent working for large and small companies and in academia has given me enough experience to know what makes for good and bad work, and for a good and bad workplace. As an application developer, I’m excited to be working with a brilliantly passionate team with the equally wonderful goal of bettering workplace happiness.
In 2018 I completed a Doctorate identifying the relational and wellbeing dynamics that mobilise people to work together for change. This research builds from 15 years of research and activism - wondering at the world, all the while seeking to improve it. I developed the Five Ways to Wellbeing framework alongside Nic Marks, which went on to form the foundation of public health advice across the globe and the basis of our framework for Friday. I am a trained facilitator and coach, with a Masters and degree in Psychology.
My father ran a large family company that made candy (yes, I am Willy Wonka’s son!) and my mother was a family therapist. It seems fairly inevitable then that I would end up working on happiness in the workplace. I bring a range of statistical skills to the pot and a career persuading governments to measure progress better. I am loving creating a great team at Friday who are both happy and high performing.
In 2002 I realised I should be focusing more on happiness in my life but it wasn’t until later that I discovered a framework for doing this. A book by Richard Layard convinced me that happiness was something which could be measured and optimized. This led me on a journey where I met Nic and gave me an opportunity to put my background building online platforms to better use.
The activity we spend the most time doing is sleeping. And most of us are pretty happy doing it. Then after that, it’s working. And we all deserve to enjoy our work life even more than sleep. I’ve worked on the science and policy of happiness for over 10 years and I’m excited to be putting this experience to practice analyzing Friday’s data to identify the secrets of happiness in the workplace (for the benefit of employers and employees alike).
In 1981 I saw Bruce Springsteen live for the first time and discovered what it means to be happy at work. Since then I’ve been drawn to places and projects where the big questions of life collide with the reality of making a living. From the New Economics Foundation to Friday via the Wheel of Well-being, I’ve been lucky to work with people who are out to change the world.