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Unlocking Happiness at Work

How a Data-driven Happiness Strategy Fuels Purpose, Passion and Performance

by (author) Jennifer Moss

foreword by Shawn Achor

Kogan Page
Initial publish date
Jan 2021
Workplace Culture, Management, Leadership
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    Publish Date
    Jan 2021
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WINNER: Independent Press Awards 2018 - Business Motivation Category
Unlocking Happiness at Work takes you on a journey into why and how leaders should become compassionate capitalists and ensure that their teams thrive. This book debunks the myth that happiness at work is a waste of time and demonstrates how it can deliver a more productive and engaged workforce, which can have real impact on the bottom line. Based on two decades of scientific research, real-time data, interviews and case studies, this book proves that happiness fuels higher performance, provides a greater sense of purpose and spreads passion throughout organizations.
With insightful practical guidance throughout, Unlocking Happiness at Work is a lively and persuasive exploration of how to be happier and make others happier through the power of habits, emotional intelligence and an innovative approach to work/life flow. Case studies from lululemon, Zappos, Misfit Inc, The Body Shop and more are supported by tangible data and key performance indicators that show the significant benefits that come from adopting a happiness strategy.
This is an essential resource for leaders who want to increase sustainability, attract new talent, improve their brand and boost profitability - in a way that is life-enhancing for them and their people.

About the authors

Jennifer Moss is the co-founder of Plasticity Labs, a technology startup that produces software to measure organisational culture, inform leaders of their current and ongoing social/emotional state, and improve employee happiness at work.
Jennifer Moss is a Harvard Business Review and Huffington Post contributor and delivers talks across the world on the subject of happiness and gratitude at work (recent appearances include SXSW, TEDXWomen and the Chatelaine's W100). She was a Finalist in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year in the 11th annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business (part of the American Business Awards).

Jennifer Moss' profile page

Shawn Achor is a world leading expert on the connection between happiness and success, having made the cover of Harvard Business Review with his research on mindset, and his talks & lectures featured on TED talk and PBS garnering millions in viewership.
Shawn Achor has lectured or worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies, as well as NFL, the NBA, the Pentagon, and the White House. He is the author of New York Times best-sellers The Happiness Advantage (2010) and Before Happiness (2013), and has lectured in over 50 countries. He pioneered the Happiness Advantage training, one of the largest and most successful positive psychology corporate training programs in the world, and is research has been published in a top psychology journal.

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  • Runner-up, Independent Press Awards

Editorial Reviews

"I love the combination of strategy and action, thinking and doing as well as the compassion, gratitude and adventure in this book. Jennifer Moss is all that and much more. Thank you for exploring and clarifying how we can engage in a happiness strategy that is accepting, inclusive and real."

Luis Gallardo, Founder of the World Happiness Summit and author of Brands & Rousers

"Unlocking Happiness at Work is packed with provocative research and compelling examples of how to build higher performing individuals and teams. This book is a must read for leaders of any organization seeking to become more innovative and elevate its performance."

Dr. Raj Sisodia, Author of Conscious Capitalism, Co-Chairman, Conscious Capitalism, Inc

"In this intriguing, engaging and thoughtful narrative, Jennifer Moss takes a deeply personal and scientific dive into the secret of happiness in the workplace and beyond."

Emma Seppälä, PhD, Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Yale University Center for Emotional Intelligence

"We know that happiness is a competitive advantage, but Unlocking Happiness at Work finally gives us the technical insight into how we can bring this science into our own organizations. Drawing on decades of hands-on experience, Jennifer Moss answers critical questions about the ways big and small data play a role in our happiness, whether technology can be a bridge or a barrier to well-being, and how the positive psychology movement has shaped our past, current and future state of happiness. A must-read for creating lasting culture change!"

Amy Blankson, Cofounder of GoodThink and Author of The Future of Happiness

"This is the approach for the 21st century workplace. This informative and practical book shows how science can help us create flourishing organisations and flourishing people."

Vanessa King, Action for Happiness and author of 10 Keys to Happier Living

"Jennifer Moss leverages science, real world examples and personal storytelling to detangle our misconceptions about the value of gratitude in our personal and professional lives. This book elegantly explains how gratitude can be taught and developed as the way to become our highest performing selves."

Dr. Robert Emmons, Professor of Psychology at UC Davis and author of Thanks!

"Any business leader who wants to build higher performing, innovative and compassionate teams should read this book. All of us know that great people make great companies. As a leader, I am always looking for better ways to engage our team, attract high performing talent, disrupt and innovate while growing the current business. I understand that some may question the validity of a happiness strategy, but we can't ignore it any longer. Jennifer Moss uses scientific evidence and case studies to validate that authentic happiness at work will be the key to team member engagement for the most successful companies in 2O2O and beyond. If you're like me and want to know how to stay ahead of the curve, you'll want to read her book."

Steve Carlisle, President and Managing Director, GM of Canada

"We all deserve to be happy at work. Jen's ability to distil proven research into practical advice will help more of us get there."

Sarah Green Carmichael, Senior Editor, Harvard Business Review and

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