Just as the old adage about waiting ages for a bus only to have three turn up at once goes, I found myself in a similar situation this week with a number of interesting events taking place on the same day – all of which I would have loved to attend but found myself having to choose… Women 1st hosted one of their networking events at Fable Bar (a venue I’ve been dying to try out), Women Work ran a PIE workshop, Red Magazine ran a digital masterclass at the British Library Conference Centre, and we (the Sodexo team at UCL) hosted one in a series of cookery classes at UCL for the Vegetarian Society, a group I have been working with for the last few months.
Five months ago I married a Kiwi. Now that may seem like a random and arbitrary fact (except of course when – given that I’m South African –the All Blacks face the Springboks and an undiminishing rivalry of epic proportions rears its head) but I recently attended two different professional events where the guest speakers were from New Zealand so, of course, I was especially interested. I hasten to add their nationality had nothing to do with their subject matter, but I am clearly much more attuned to recognising all things New Zealand so was keen to hear what they had to say.
It is well documented that happiness is beneficial for business as well as for individuals. A happy workforce is more productive, more creative and more committed, with lower staff turnover and lower absence rates. Happiness is becoming an increasingly-valued factor in staff engagement – in fact, Hewlett-Packard even has a chief happiness officer. And – according to forbes.com – happier individuals get better work evaluations and higher pay. Continue reading