Past Conferences and Events

Catch up on our past events with videos and transcripts of the talks

Below you can find out about some of our previous conferences and events, with video footage, transcripts and PowerPoint presentations.

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Creating Happy, Productive Social Enterprises

20th September 2018

Happy Ltd and E3M united to create a one-day seminar for leaders and senior team members in social enterprises. Including presentations from six industry speakers, the event was centred around techniques in creating a positive workplace culture.

Creating Happy Workplaces in Charities and Social Enterprises

16th August 2018

ella Forums and Happy Ltd came together to host a one-day conference based around teaching why creating a happy workplace creates real benefits, featuring talks from leaders in the charity and social enterprise sectors.

Happy Workplaces Conference 2018

21st-22nd June 2018

Featuring talks from some of the world’s best workplaces, including the John Lewis Partnership, KIngfisher PLC and Propellernet, the 2018 Happy Workplaces Conference was the perfect place to learn about how to create a great workplace.

Happy Workplaces CEO Conference 2017

18th October 2017

Featuring talks from representatives of Birchbox UK, Webmart, Happy and many more, the Happy Workplaces CEO Conference was for Chief Executives who wanted to get away from traditional top-down, hierarchical organisations, and instead shift their businesses into high-trust, high-autonomy and high-performance teams.

Happy Workplaces Conference 2017

14th June 2017, with optional masterclass on 15th June.

Happy and engaged workplaces are more profitable, have a higher share growth, and lower costs. Teams have higher staff retention, less sickness and are more productive. But how can you create this happy workplace culture in your workplace?

Many guest speakers came together to discuss answers to this question in our 2017 conference.

Creating Happy Workplaces in the Public Sector

22nd February 2017

At this one day conference, organised by Happy and hosted by the National Audit Office, attendees discovered about change coming to the public sector – and learnt how to create that culture in their organisation. With speakers from the National Audit Office, GCHQ, Government Digital Service and Monmouthshire County Council, they learnt how to implement ideas such as “freedom within a framework,” how to help staff to work to their strengths, and create workplaces based on trust to lead to better service for the public.

Beyond Budgeting Conference 2017

6th and 7th February 2017

This was Happy’s third Beyond Budgeting Conference in partnership with the Beyond Budgeting Institute, held at Happy’s training centre in Aldgate. Speakers included Anders Olesen of Beyond Budgeting Institute, Bjarte Bogsnes of Statoil, Mira Gvozdenovic of Coloplast, Chris Hannay and Kevin McCoy at Next Jump, and John Seddon of Vanguard Consulting.

Happy Workplaces Conference 2016

11th May 2016

At Happy Workplaces 2016, we welcomed John Housego of WL Gore (makers of Goretex), who explained how Gore has created an award-winning international company through its trust-based leadership. Simon Perriton of Just IT, Philippa Ward of Global Action Plan and Valentina Culatti of UNIT9 each explained how they had used the principles of the Happy Manifesto to create their happy, successful workplaces, while Shannon Banks spoke about the importance of connection in the workplace. Finally, Tarun and Henry explained how Next Jump operates with a ‘no fire’ policy.

Transforming the Public Sector 2016

9th February 2016

This event was co-hosted with Epic CIC.

Alieke van Dijken gave an inspiring presentation about Buurtzorg’s structure with no management staff and less bureaucracy. We also heard from June O’Sullivan with ideas about how to keep your staff happy, Brendan O’Keefe of Epic with advice on hiring for attitude and how to re-motivate staff, and lessons from the private sector from Dom Monkhouse of iomart. Rekha Mehr of MassChallenge UK and Dr Sally Howes of the NAO also spoke about the struggles of creating change in the public sector, and how they have sparked innovation and change within their respective organisations.

Beyond Budgeting Conference 2015

4th November 2015

Held in partnership with the Beyond Budgeting Institute, this event demonstrated that the Beyond Budgeting philosophy is a holistic and coherent management model. Speakers included John Seddon, occupational psychologist, researcher and global authority on management change; Andy Copsey, Chief Operating Officer of Handelsbanken in the UK; Julian Birkinshaw from the London Business School; Jesper Kruger of AP Moller Maersk; and Ulrich Gammelgaard of Velux.

Happy Workplaces Conference 2015

13th May 2015

At this exciting event, our speakers shared how they have built and sustained happy workplace culture and practices, in line with the principles of the Happy Manifesto. Speakers included Simon Fowler, Board Director at John Lewis, Stuart Jones, Communications and Customer Service Director at CarillionAmey, Brendan O’Keefe, Managing Director at Epic CIC, and Shannon Banks, Director at Be Leadership and former HR Director at Microsoft.

Happy Workplaces Conference 2014

This interactive event was hosted at Google’s offices in London, and featured two speakers from Google – Jennifer Kelly, Global Head of Real Estate, and Yvonne Agyei, Head of Benefits. Other speakers included Julian Birkinshaw of the London Business School, Tansy Drake and Tim Dorsett of Innocent, and Kate Grimes, CEO of Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Happy Workplaces Conference 2013

This was our first ever happy workplace conference – Happy Manifesto 2013. The conference was hosted by Google at their London Victoria HQ with over 80 attendees. It featured speakers from Google, Cougar Software and Action for Happiness, as well as Marion Jenner, Nigel Paine and Dom Monkhouse.

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