Ep 445: Happiness At Work
With so much unhelpful noise around the topic of the future of work, I'm taking a deep dive into the practicalities of what is actually going on over three podcast episodes. In the previous two episodes, I spoke to authors Julia Hobsbawm and Bruce Daisley about our physical relationship with the workplace; in this episode, I want to explore happiness at work.
The John Lewis Partnership is a unique UK-based retailer jointly owned by its employees and founded on the premise of ensuring worker happiness. My guest this week is Lord Mark Price, the former UK Trade Minister who was CEO of Waitrose and Deputy Chairman of The John Lewis Partnership. Mark now works via his business WorkL to help employers increase workplace happiness using some of the lessons he learned during his time at John Lewis.
In the interview, we discuss:
- Lessons from The John Lewis Partnership
- The six core elements of happiness at work
- Why looking at averages is dangerous.
- How can employers build a happier workplace?
- Using happiness for competitive advantage in talent acquisition
- The relationship between the individual and their line manager
- Prospects for the future of the labour market
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