9th July 2021

The Happiness One

3 minute read

At Scott Bradbury we set about thinking what makes our team a happy one.

We’re a small team, so it’s often more obvious when one of us is looking frazzled, uncertain and veering towards the unhappy state. Picking up on these nuances early is key, and often in a team meeting it will be the ‘What’s Up?’ conversation that then sparks the honesty that tumbles out…a home issue, frustration with a task, a deadline looming. We celebrate the sharing of these feelings. There is empathy and concern. Discussion. Support. Then there is a resolution shared. And finally, a follow-up, either later that day or the next day. We don’t leave a problem to fester but ensure the issue is settled and resolved.

We respect the right to a bit of unhappiness and know that we can’t all be joyful all of the time. But I can truly say that there are very few meetings that haven’t ended up with some laughter, a giggle and a gentle amount of banter. In a team meeting the other week our director asked us to all share something that made us feel happy. Maybe that’s a bit contrived, but it works. Sharing something you feel good about releases those endorphins. Hearing some good news is infectious. But we respect, appreciate, and allow the space for some to have quiet and thoughtful times.

Change can often lead to employee unhappiness. Recently there have been some internal team changes at Scott Bradbury which could have led to disgruntlement and frustration. But instead of private behind closed doors conversations and decisions being led from above, we’ve all been involved in the change process. We’ve contributed to discussions, we’ve been listened to, and therefore we’ve felt valued. Whilst ultimately, it’s our director that makes the final decision, we respect her judgement. Involving the whole team in a change process leads to a happier team.

Provisioning space for wellbeing during the working day is important. Find a stress release activity that all your team can participate in. Whilst some may be reluctant to be involved, ask for open-mindedness and visibly watch as shoulders relax, and your colleagues find some peace and inner calm. We recently invited Julie Bristow, a health and wellbeing vocal practitioner, to run a couple of sessions on breathing techniques for the team. During these sessions we talked about how our wellbeing and happiness are intrinsically linked. Following on from the session we asked Julie to be involved in our Sound Advice podcast series. And if you’d like a practical take-home experience now follow this link to our website where you’ll find Julie’s podcast featured. Just listening to Julie’s voice makes me feel happy. What do you think?

The Happiness One

Share to: LinkedIn Twitter Facebook


Video Views is the name of our WATCH & GO® video blog

See the country’s leading video producer in action and discover practical tips for engaging learners with video. Access our latest research and feedback from customers too.

Other Recent Posts

Kudos for KINDNESS

Posted: Sept. 19, 2021, 8 a.m.

To coincide with #Happiness at Work week our thoughts turn to that quality of being friendly, generous and considerate. Read our latest blog where we give kudos for kindness in the workplace.


The expectations and acceptances that go hand in hand with virtual meetings

Posted: Aug. 31, 2021, 8:22 a.m.

How do we continue to make virtual meetings productive and effective? It seems like the online meeting is here to stay, so let's embrace the screen and put ourselves at ease.


Respect is at the heart of hybrid working

Posted: June 18, 2021, 11:26 a.m.

Hybrid working is a hot discussion topic. But how are organisations approaching discussions on a blended, flexible approach to their teams being both home and office based?


Positive thinking for L&D and HR professionals

Posted: June 3, 2021, 5:31 p.m.

Practical positive thinking is about taking a step back and asking yourself what you can do, and what is possible. And it isn’t half energising! In this short article, Scott Bradbury Managing Director Catherine de Salvo applies some practical positive thinking to typical situations in Learning & Development.


Video: The versatile learning resource

Posted: May 14, 2021, 12:52 p.m.

Video content is a valuable asset in your L&D library. But how can you make the most out of this versatile learning resource?