The Happy Manifesto

People work best when they feel good about themselves

Packed with examples and practical advice, The Happy Manifesto features ten core principles for creating happier, more engaging places to work. Learn more about the core principles below.

Create happy and productive workplaces

Imagine a workplace where people are in control of the work they do.

Imagine they have freedom, within clear guidelines, to achieve their results.

Imagine they are able to have the life balance they want.

Imagine they are accountable for the work they do, rather than the time they spend at their desk.

This is what we mean when we talk about happy workplaces: Organisations where staff feel trusted to do their work. Research shows that happy workplaces have better outcomes, are more profitable and have higher share growth.

In The Happy Manifesto, you will learn the 10 core principles to make this happen.

The 10 core principles

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1. Trust your people

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2. Make your people feel good

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3. Give freedom within clear guidelines

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4. Be open and transparent

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5. Recruit for attitude, train for skill

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6. Celebrate mistakes

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7. Create mutual benefit in your community

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8. Love work, get a life

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9. Select managers who are good at managing

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10. Play to your strengths

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“I picked up the book and couldn’t put it down — finishing the book in one night. The whole time I was reading I was nodding my head, agreeing and sometimes saying ‘Yes!’ out loud! If I could recommend an easy reading management book to any head of a company this would be it!”

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Sarah Metcalfe

Author of Happiness

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“A wonderful book — a gripping read and so interesting, as well as wise. It is truly inspiring.”

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Professor Richard Layard

Author of Happiness

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“A book that makes the complex people stuff simple and straightforward. Anyone running any type of organisation would benefit from The Happy Manifesto.”

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Jane Sunley

CEO of Learnpurple

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“If only all organisations took the Happy approach, the workplaces of Britain would be far better places to work.”

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Neil Currant

University of Salford

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About Henry Stewart

Henry is founder and Chief Happiness Officer of London-based learning provider Happy Ltd. Happy is one of the top Great Place to Work in the UK and top 15 in Europe, and helps other organisations to create happy workplaces.

Henry was listed in the Guru Radar of the Thinkers 50 list of the most influential business thinkers in the world. “He is one of the thinkers who we believe will shape the future of business,” explained list compiler Stuart Crainer.

His book, The Happy Manifesto, was published by Kogan Page in 2013 and short-listed for business book of the year.

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