Simplify: The Happy Manifesto — Henry Stewart

The book cover. Source: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/happy-workplaces-monthly-webinar-tickets-83856457923

The Manifesto

  1. Trust your people
  2. Make sure your people feel good
  3. Give freedom within clear guidelines
  4. Be open and transparent
  5. Recruit for attitude, train for skill
  6. Celebrate mistakes
  7. Create mutual benefit
  8. Love work but get a life
  9. Select managers who are good at managing

1. Trust your people

2. Make sure your people feel good

From Nando’s careers website — after 5 years get a paid month off. Source: https://careers.nandos.co.uk/why-nandos/

3. Give freedom within clear guidelines

Henry Stewart presenting the Pyramid of Management Needs. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdwGUBFQuE4

4. Be open and transparent

  1. People understand and do more than they would as they are engaged.
  2. Allow your staff to start planning for a potential failure

Make salaries open

5. Recruit for attitude, train for skill

Happy.co.uk ‘s automatic signup for hearing about roles.

6. Celebrate mistakes

7. Create mutual benefit

  1. it helps the community
  2. it helps the Happy company
  3. will give significant impact / a real difference

8. Love work, but get a life

Flexible working

9. Select managers who are good at managing

  1. Role A: Strategy and decision making
  2. Role B: Supporting, challenging, and coaching

Summary

The book at its most simple:

  1. Trust your people — pre-approve them to act in the best interests
  2. Make sure your people feel good — A managers job is to make staff happy and a company can remove all rules and provide a mantra
  3. Give freedom within clear guidelines — have principles and allow individuals to set their own targets
  4. Be open and transparent — So people understand decisions and can help
  5. Recruit for attitude, train for skill — and don’t hope the right candidate will see you at the right time, have a signup list
  6. Celebrate mistakes — else no-one innovates
  7. Create mutual benefit — Businesses should have profit and social benefit.
  8. Love work but get a life — Some things go unmissed and work life needs to be flexible
  9. Select managers who are good at managing — Put people in the roles that suit their skills

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