Happier At Work®

Aoife O'Brien

Happier at Work® is a weekly business podcast for HR and business leaders who know that their people are their best asset, and who want to retain their top talent. Happier employees are more productive, more engaged, and stay in an organisation for longer. Through interesting guest interviews and solo episodes, host Aoife O’Brien covers four main themes: leadership equity; engagement and belonging; productivity and performance; and the future of work. What does being happier at work mean for you and your organisation? read less
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211: How Can You Strategically Manage Your Career?
2d ago
211: How Can You Strategically Manage Your Career?
In the latest solo episode of the Happier at Work podcast, I delve into strategic career development and how you can take control of your professional growth.I share my expertise on managing careers strategically. I shed light on the myths associated with career progression, the importance of being proactive, seeking feedback, investing in learning, and building a strong network. I also discuss the significance of self-awareness, balance, and celebrating wins along the way.If you're someone who is looking to grow and develop in your current role or aiming to lead your team towards successful career trajectories, this episode is for you.The main points throughout this podcast include:How you can take control of your professional growth.The importance of celebrating wins.The myths associated with career progression.The importance of investing in learning.Do you have any feedback or thoughts on this discussion? If so, please connect with Aoife via the links below and let her know. Aoife would love to hear from you!Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:WebsiteLinkedIn InstagramFacebookYouTubeTwitterPrevious Episodes:https://happieratwork.ie/85-why-delivering-effective-and-constructive-feedback-at-work-is-so-vital-with-aoife-obrien/https://happieratwork.ie/209-cultivating-self-awareness-at-work-with-nia-thomas/https://happieratwork.ie/178-fulfilling-your-potential-and-finding-joy-in-your-work-with-soma-ghosh/https://happieratwork.ie/177-leveraging-transferable-skills-for-career-success-with-janine-esbrand/https://happieratwork.ie/171-how-to-strategically-navigate-your-career-with-harsha-boralessa/ Mentioned in this episode:SkilldingSkillding women
210: How can you lead with empathy and work to your strengths with Jacqui Jagger
14-06-2024
210: How can you lead with empathy and work to your strengths with Jacqui Jagger
How can you create psychological safety in the workplace?In the latest episode of the Happier at Work podcast I had an insightful conversation with Jacqui Jagger, a leadership and mindset coach with a wealth of experience in operations, HR, and learning and development roles.We explore topics such as creating high-performing teams through collaboration rather than individual competition, the significance of recognising and meeting individual needs in the workplace, and the keys to achieving happiness at work through meaningful work and authenticity.Join us in discovering how embracing psychological safety, acknowledging individual strengths, and offering a balance of challenge and support can transform your work culture and enhance team dynamics.The main points throughout this podcast include:The challenges she faced as a leader and the valuable lessons she learned along the way.The importance of balancing results-driven leadership with employee well-beingFostering a psychologically safe environment for teams.Creating high-performing teams through collaboration rather than individual competitionEmbrace psychological safety, acknowledge individual strengths, and offer a balance of challenge and support.Connect with JacquiLinkedInWebsiteDo you have any feedback or thoughts on this discussion? If so, please connect with Aoife via the links below and let her know. Aoife would love to hear from you!Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:WebsiteLinkedIn InstagramFacebookYouTubeTwitterPrevious Episodes:Episode 182: Building Better Bosses with Debra CoreyEpisode 104: The Managers Dilemma with Irial O’FarrellEpisode 45: Helen Joy on First Time Managers
Bonus Episode: Cultivating Self-Awareness
10-06-2024
Bonus Episode: Cultivating Self-Awareness
This is a synopsis of the key points of my conversation with Nia Thomas, Director of a children's charity and host of the "Knowing Self, Knowing Others" podcast.If you haven't listened to that episode yet, go and give it a listen and let me know what you think.The main points throughout this podcast include:The importance of self-awareness and making conscious choices about behavior, especially in the workplace.The challenges of giving and receiving feedback, and provides strategies for delivering tough feedback as a line manager.The constant movement between internal and external self-awareness.The impact of behavior on individualsThe need for leaders at all levels to seek feedback from their team membersConnect with NiaInstagramLinkedInTwitterTiktokWebsiteDo you have any feedback or thoughts on this discussion? If so, please connect with Aoife via the links below and let her know. Aoife would love to hear from you!Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:WebsiteLinkedIn InstagramFacebookYouTubeTwitterPrevious Episodes:Episode 48: Zoe Routh on Leadership and Self-AwarenessEpisode 85: Why Delivering Effective and Constructive Feedback at Work is so Vital with Aoife O’BrienEpisode 200: Reskilling Diversity and Building a Happier Workplace with Bhushan SethiEpisode 198: Empowering Women at Work with Deirdre McGinnEpisode 174: The Role of Emotions in Workplace Dynamics with Dr. Lola. GershfeldEpisode 167: Embracing Diversity and Inclusion at Work with Donna O’ConnorResources mentioned:Dr Tasha Eurich book Insight
209: Cultivating Self-Awareness at Work with Nia Thomas
07-06-2024
209: Cultivating Self-Awareness at Work with Nia Thomas
Do you want to increase your self-awareness in the workplace?In the latest episode of the Happier at Work podcast, I am joined by Nia Thomas, Director of a children's charity and host of the "Knowing Self, Knowing Others" podcast. We have an in-depth conversation about the importance of self-awareness and making conscious choices about behavior, especially in the workplace.Nia discusses the challenges of giving and receiving feedback, and provides strategies for delivering tough feedback as a line manager. We explore the enduring nature of self-awareness, its historical roots, and the constant movement between internal and external self-awareness.In addition, Nia shares valuable insights into the impact of behavior on individuals and emphasises the need for leaders at all levels to seek feedback from their team members.The main points throughout this podcast include:The importance of self-awareness and making conscious choices about behavior, especially in the workplace.The challenges of giving and receiving feedback, and provides strategies for delivering tough feedback as a line manager.The constant movement between internal and external self-awareness.The impact of behavior on individualsThe need for leaders at all levels to seek feedback from their team membersConnect with NiaInstagramLinkedInTwitterTiktokWebsiteDo you have any feedback or thoughts on this discussion? If so, please connect with Aoife via the links below and let her know. Aoife would love to hear from you!Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:WebsiteLinkedIn InstagramFacebookYouTubeTwitterPrevious Episodes:Episode 48: Zoe Routh on Leadership and Self-AwarenessEpisode 85: Why Delivering Effective and Constructive Feedback at Work is so Vital with Aoife O’BrienResources mentioned:Dr Tasha Eurich book Insight Marshall Goldsmith
208: How can you embrace neurodiversity in the workplace?
31-05-2024
208: How can you embrace neurodiversity in the workplace?
In the latest solo episode of the Happier at Work podcast, I shed light on an important topic that is gaining more recognition in workplaces around the world - neurodiversity.Neurodiversity encompasses a range of neurological differences, including autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and more. These differences are natural variations of the human brain, each bringing unique strengths and challenges to the table.In this episode I delve into the world of neurodiversity, sharing personal insights and discussing how embracing neurodiversity can lead to a more innovative, inclusive, and productive work environment.My own journey of discovering neurodivergence and the impact it had on me. From showcasing the benefits of diverse thinking to highlighting the importance of tailored recruitment processes and flexible working arrangements, I provide valuable insights on creating a more inclusive space for all employees.Research has shown that neurodiverse teams can be 30% more productive than their nondiverse counterparts, emphasising the positive impact of embracing neurodiversity in the workplace.If you are interested in learning more about neurodiversity, the benefits it brings, and practical ways to support neurodiverse employees, then this episode is for you.The main points throughout this podcast include:The importance of tailored recruitment processes and flexible working arrangements.Neurodiverse teams can be 30% more productive than their nondiverse counterpartsThe positive impact of embracing neurodiversity in the workplace.Practical ways to support neurodiverse employeesDo you have any feedback or thoughts on this discussion? If so, please connect with Aoife via the links below and let her know. Aoife would love to hear from you!Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:WebsiteLinkedIn InstagramFacebookYouTubeTwitterPrevious Episodes:Episode 48: Zoe Routh on Leadership and Self-AwarenessEpisode 85: Why Delivering Effective and Constructive Feedback at Work is so Vital with Aoife O’BrienEpisode 200: Reskilling Diversity and Building a Happier Workplace with Bhushan SethiEpisode 198: Empowering Women at Work with Deirdre McGinnEpisode 174: The Role of Emotions in Workplace Dynamics with Dr. Lola. GershfeldEpisode 167: Embracing Diversity and Inclusion at Work with Donna...
207: Gender Equality and Inclusive Leadership with Robert Baker
24-05-2024
207: Gender Equality and Inclusive Leadership with Robert Baker
Do you want to promote a diverse and inclusive workplace environment?In the latest episode of the Happier at Work podcast, I had a thought-provoking discussion with Robert Baker, a passionate advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.In this episode, we explore the need for a new approach to the billable hour system and the crucial role of change management and leadership skills development in driving organisational transformation.The conversation delves into the inspiring example of Enjin, a global energy company that has successfully implemented changes to achieve gender balance in leadership and enhance organisational productivity.Robert also shares his insights on happiness at work, highlighting the importance of autonomy, meaningful work, and the support he receives from his partner, Pamela. The discussion extends to evolving attitudes towards work-life balance, the value of recognition in the workplace, and the impact of diverse leadership perspectives.Additionally, Robert discusses his transition from corporate roles to founding his own business focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the importance of engaging male leaders in fostering a culture of vulnerability and empathy.The episode touches on the challenges and opportunities surrounding gender equality, the societal socialisation of men and women from a young age, and the importance of recognising and addressing these influences across diverse cultures and backgrounds.The main points throughout this podcast include:The crucial role of change management and leadership skills development in driving organisational transformation.Evolving attitudes towards work-life balance, the value of recognition in the workplace, and the impact of diverse leadership perspectives.The importance of engaging male leaders in fostering a culture of vulnerability and empathy.The challenges and opportunities surrounding gender equality.The importance of recognising and addressing gender influences across diverse cultures and backgrounds.Connect with RobertLinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/robert-baker-potentia-talent-consultingTwitter: @robertbkrDo you have any feedback or thoughts on this discussion? If so, please connect with Aoife via the links below and let her know. Aoife would love to hear from you!Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:Website: https://happieratwork.ie LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/happieratwork.ieYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@HappierAtWorkHQTwitter: https://twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ Previous Episodes:https://happieratwork.ie/200-reskilling-diversity-and-building-a-happier-workplace-with-bhushan-sethi/
Bonus Episode: Onboarding Strategies for Workplace Success
20-05-2024
Bonus Episode: Onboarding Strategies for Workplace Success
The main points throughout this podcast include:The importance of creating the right environment for individuals to succeed and stay in their roles.The critical impact of the onboarding process on employee retention.Insights into the challenges and opportunities individuals encounter when starting new positions. The stages of adjustment individuals go through when starting new rolesThe impact of organisational culture on new hires.Connect with AngharadLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/angharad-ross-225b223b/Website: www.risecmc.ukDo you have any feedback or thoughts on this discussion? If so, please connect with Aoife via the links below and let her know. Aoife would love to hear from you!Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:Website: https://happieratwork.ie LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/happieratwork.ieYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@HappierAtWorkHQTwitter: https://twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ Previous Episodes:https://happieratwork.ie/202-leveraging-strengths-and-setting-boundaries-with-lucy-gernon/https://happieratwork.ie/201-redefining-your-own-career-success-with-gary-crotaz/https://happieratwork.ie/197-the-journey-to-workplace-happiness-with-rob-dubin/https://happieratwork.ie/178-fulfilling-your-potential-and-finding-joy-in-your-work-with-soma-ghosh/Mentioned in this episode:SkilldingSkillding women
206: Onboarding Strategies for Workplace Success with Angharad Ross
17-05-2024
206: Onboarding Strategies for Workplace Success with Angharad Ross
Are you striving for greater happiness at work?In the latest episode of the Happier at Work podcast, I sat down with the insightful Angharad Ross to discuss the dynamics of workplace happiness and successful transitions in the corporate world.In this episode, Angharad reflects on her 15-year corporate career and her mission to help individuals and organisations navigate career changes and transitions. She emphasises the importance of creating the right environment for individuals to succeed and stay in their roles, shedding light on the critical impact of the onboarding process on employee retention.Angharad's experiences navigating through different roles and organisational cultures offer deep insights into the challenges and opportunities individuals encounter when starting new positions. She discusses the need for clear communication, understanding of different working styles, and the essential balance between culture fit and culture add within organisations.The conversation touches on various elements, from the stages of adjustment individuals go through when starting new roles to the impact of organisational culture on new hires. Angharad advocates for comprehensive onboarding processes that go beyond functional introductions, encompassing tailored training for leaders and the nurturing of diverse perspectives within the workplace.The main points throughout this podcast include:The importance of creating the right environment for individuals to succeed and stay in their roles.The critical impact of the onboarding process on employee retention.Insights into the challenges and opportunities individuals encounter when starting new positions. The stages of adjustment individuals go through when starting new rolesThe impact of organisational culture on new hires.Connect with AngharadLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/angharad-ross-225b223b/Website: www.risecmc.ukDo you have any feedback or thoughts on this discussion? If so, please connect with Aoife via the links below and let her know. Aoife would love to hear from you!Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:Website: https://happieratwork.ie LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/happieratwork.ieYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@HappierAtWorkHQTwitter: https://twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ Previous Episodes:https://happieratwork.ie/202-leveraging-strengths-and-setting-boundaries-with-lucy-gernon/https://happieratwork.ie/201-redefining-your-own-career-success-with-gary-crotaz/
205: Elevating Employee Engagement with Aoife O’Brien
10-05-2024
205: Elevating Employee Engagement with Aoife O’Brien
In the latest solo episode of the Happier at Work podcast, I delve deep into the topic of employee engagement. I share my insights on creating more engagement within your team and feeling more fulfilled in the work that you do. I provide a comprehensive breakdown of what engagement truly means, highlighting the academic definition as vigor, dedication, and absorption. I emphasise the importance of factors like energy, significance, challenge, and feeling fully. I also explain why it is important for both companies and individuals. Engaged employees have a positive impact on their colleagues, personal life, and even customers, leading to an overall positive working environment.I share strategies and practical tips to drive better engagement at work. From the significance of feedback and recognition, providing opportunities for growth, to fostering open communication and creating an environment of psychological safety, there are actionable steps to implement within your team.Make sure to check out this insightful podcast episode to gain a deeper understanding of how you can increase engagement in your workplace. Remember, a more engaged workforce leads to inspired, energetic, challenged, and proud employees, ultimately contributing to a positive work environment and improved work-life balance.The main points throughout this podcast include:Insights on creating more engagement within your team and feeling more fulfilled in the work that you do.The importance of factors like energy, significance, challenge, and feeling fully.Strategies and practical tips to drive better engagement at work.Actionable steps to implement within your team to encourage engagement in the workplace.Do you have any feedback or thoughts on this discussion? If so, please connect with Aoife via the links below and let her know. Aoife would love to hear from you!Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:Website: https://happieratwork.ie LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/happieratwork.ieYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@HappierAtWorkHQTwitter: https://twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ Previous Episodes:https://happieratwork.ie/203-national-workplace-wellbeing-day-with-aoife-obrien/https://happieratwork.ie/197-the-journey-to-workplace-happiness-with-rob-dubin/https://happieratwork.ie/178-fulfilling-your-potential-and-finding-joy-in-your-work-with-soma-ghosh/https://happieratwork.ie/200-reskilling-diversity-and-building-a-happier-workplace-with-bhushan-sethi/Mentioned in this...
Bonus Episode: Navigating your career
06-05-2024
Bonus Episode: Navigating your career
Listen to the full episode here: https://happieratwork.ie/203-navigating-your-career-with-rosina-racioppi/The main points throughout this podcast include:The importance of strategically managing your career,The need for seeking valuable feedback to understand one's capabilities and strengthsThe significance of networking, mentorship, and embracing curiosity in discovering your passion and strengths.The importance of developing a supportive feedback loop for employees.Connect with RosinaLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-rosina-racioppi-792b941/https://www.linkedin.com/company/women-unlimited/Twitter: https://twitter.com/rosinaracioppihttps://twitter.com/womenunlimited_?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5EauthorWebsite: https://www.women-unlimited.com/Instagram: www.instagram.com/lucygernonDo you have any feedback or thoughts on this discussion? If so, please connect with Aoife via the links below and let her know. Aoife would love to hear from you!Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:Website: https://happieratwork.ie LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/happieratwork.ieYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@HappierAtWorkHQTwitter: https://twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ Previous Episodes:https://happieratwork.ie/201-redefining-your-own-career-success-with-gary-crotaz/https://happieratwork.ie/198-empowering-women-at-work-with-deirdre-mcginn/https://happieratwork.ie/197-the-journey-to-workplace-happiness-with-rob-dubin/https://happieratwork.ie/178-fulfilling-your-potential-and-finding-joy-in-your-work-with-soma-ghosh/Mentioned in this episode:SkilldingSkillding women
204: Navigating your career with Rosina Racioppi
03-05-2024
204: Navigating your career with Rosina Racioppi
Do you want to discover how you can better manage your career?In the latest episode of the Happier at Work podcast I had a thought-provoking conversation with the accomplished Rosina Racioppi. Rosina discusses her journey from corporate HR leadership to empowering women in their careers, and the key insights she's gained along the way.We delve into the importance of strategically managing your career, the art of self-advocacy in the workplace, and the need for seeking valuable feedback to understand one's capabilities and strengths. We also explore the significance of networking, mentorship, and embracing curiosity in discovering your passion and strengths.Rosina shares her perspectives on the challenges individuals face during the post-COVID work environment and the importance of developing a supportive feedback loop for employees.If you're eager to gain valuable insights to enhance your career, then this episode is for you.The main points throughout this podcast include:The importance of strategically managing your career,The need for seeking valuable feedback to understand one's capabilities and strengthsThe significance of networking, mentorship, and embracing curiosity in discovering your passion and strengths.The importance of developing a supportive feedback loop for employees.Connect with RosinaLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-rosina-racioppi-792b941/https://www.linkedin.com/company/women-unlimited/Twitter: https://twitter.com/rosinaracioppihttps://twitter.com/womenunlimitedWebsite: https://www.women-unlimited.com/Do you have any feedback or thoughts on this discussion? If so, please connect with Aoife via the links below and let her know. Aoife would love to hear from you!Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:Website: https://happieratwork.ie LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/happieratwork.ieYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@HappierAtWorkHQTwitter: https://twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ Previous Episodes:https://happieratwork.ie/138-stop-being-overlooked-at-work-with-paula-sheridan/ https://happieratwork.ie/104-the-managers-dilemma-with-irial-ofarrell/ Mentioned in this episode:SkilldingSkillding women
203: National Workplace Wellbeing Day with Aoife O’Brien
26-04-2024
203: National Workplace Wellbeing Day with Aoife O’Brien
How can you look after your wellbeing in the workplace?In this week's episode of the Happier at Work podcast, I delved into the concept of workplace wellbeing and addressed some of the critical factors that can hinder it. As we celebrate National Workplace Well-being Day in Ireland, it's important to recognise the challenges that may impede our well-being at work and take actionable steps to mitigate them.One of the primary hindrances to workplace wellbeing is workload. Feeling overloaded with work, working excessive hours, and struggling to achieve work-life balance can significantly impact our well-being. I emphasised the importance of distinguishing between self-inflicted workload and workload imposed by external factors such as organisational demands and client needs. Additionally, she offered practical strategies for managing workload, including setting clear priorities, monitoring time spent on tasks, and learning to say no when necessary.Recognising our own achievements and finding support within the organisation were also highlighted as crucial in fostering workplace wellbeing. I shared insights on navigating conflicts, seeking opportunities for personal and professional development, and identifying and addressing toxic work environments.It's essential to create a workplace culture that values well-being and provides support for all employees. I encourage you to actively engage in open and honest conversations with managers, colleagues, and HR to address challenges and foster a culture of respect and support.The main points throughout this podcast include:The challenges that may impede our well-being at work and take actionable steps to mitigate them.The importance of distinguishing between self-inflicted workload and workload imposed by external factors such as organisational demands and client needsRecognising our own achievements and finding support Insights on navigating conflicts, seeking opportunities for personal and professional development, and identifying and addressing toxic work environments. Links: https://hbr.org/2018/04/track-your-time-for-30-days-what-you-learn-might-surprise-youDo you have any feedback or thoughts on this discussion? If so, please connect with Aoife via the links below and let her know. Aoife would love to hear from you!Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:Website: https://happieratwork.ie LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/happieratwork.ieYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@HappierAtWorkHQTwitter: https://twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ Previous Episodes:https://happieratwork.ie/202-leveraging-strengths-and-setting-boundaries-with-lucy-gernon/
Bonus Episode: Leveraging Strengths and Setting Boundaries
22-04-2024
Bonus Episode: Leveraging Strengths and Setting Boundaries
The main points throughout this podcast include:The importance of identifying and utilising our strengths at work to achieve happiness and alignmentThe prevalent issue of work-life balance and the challenge of juggling a busy professional life with personal commitments.The importance of questioning what truly serves our well-being and relationships.The significance of applying at least one thing differently in our work.Connect with LucyLinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/lucygernonWebsite: www.lucygernon.comInstagram: www.instagram.com/lucygernonDo you have any feedback or thoughts on this discussion? If so, please connect with Aoife via the links below and let her know. Aoife would love to hear from you!Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:Website: https://happieratwork.ie LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/happieratwork.ieYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@HappierAtWorkHQTwitter: https://twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ Previous Episodes:https://happieratwork.ie/201-redefining-your-own-career-success-with-gary -crotaz/https://happieratwork.ie/197-the-journey-to-workplace-happiness-with-rob-dubin/https://happieratwork.ie/178-fulfilling-your-potential-and-finding-joy-in-your-work-with-soma-ghosh/https://happieratwork.ie/191-the-pursuit-of-purpose-shifting-perspectives-with-will-polston/https://happieratwork.ie/189-overcoming-perfectionism-and-prioritising-well-being-with-jordana-confino/Mentioned in this episode:SkilldingSkillding women
202: Leveraging Strengths and Setting Boundaries with Lucy Gernon
19-04-2024
202: Leveraging Strengths and Setting Boundaries with Lucy Gernon
How can you set professional boundaries and achieve a work-life balance?In this week's episode of the Happier at Work podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking to Lucy Gernon, an award-winning executive coach with 20 years of experience in the corporate world. We delved deep into the vital topic of work happiness and productivity.Lucy emphasised the importance of identifying and utilising our strengths at work to achieve happiness and alignment. She advocated for using the red and green activities exercise to pinpoint energising and draining tasks, allowing us to channel our efforts towards tasks that fuel our passion and proficiency.We tackled the prevalent issue of work-life balance, highlighting the challenge of juggling a busy professional life with personal commitments. We share our own personal experiences and strategies for prioritising social connections and personal time, underlining the importance of questioning what truly serves our well-being and relationships.Lucy stressed the significance of applying at least one thing differently in our work. They encouraged listeners to shift their conversation dynamics and place a focus on positive aspects, such as practicing gratitude and recognising what's going well.This episode holds valuable insights that can enhance your professional and personal well-being. My conversation with Lucy can help you discover how to leverage your strengths for greater work satisfaction and find balance in your professional and personal life.The main points throughout this podcast include:The importance of identifying and utilising our strengths at work to achieve happiness and alignmentThe prevalent issue of work-life balance and the challenge of juggling a busy professional life with personal commitments.The importance of questioning what truly serves our well-being and relationships.The significance of applying at least one thing differently in our work.Connect with LucyLinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/lucygernonWebsite: www.lucygernon.comInstagram: www.instagram.com/lucygernonDo you have any feedback or thoughts on this discussion? If so, please connect with Aoife via the links below and let her know. Aoife would love to hear from you!Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:Website: https://happieratwork.ie LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/happieratwork.ieYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@HappierAtWorkHQTwitter: https://twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ Previous Episodes:https://happieratwork.ie/201-redefining-your-own-career-success-with-gary -crotaz/
201: Redefining your own career success with Gary Crotaz
12-04-2024
201: Redefining your own career success with Gary Crotaz
The latest episode of the Happier at Work podcast is a special one. I had an insightful conversation with Dr. Gary Crotaz, speaker, an executive coach, an award-winning author and host of the hit leadership podcast The Unlock Moment. We delve deep into the power of storytelling, the importance of recognising your strengths, and the pursuit of happiness in the workplace.I share my "unlock moment" during my time in London and reflect on my journey to taking control and making things happen for myself. Meanwhile, Gary discusses the concept of choosing to be happy in the present moment, encouraging listeners to reevaluate their paths and consider making changes that align with their pursuit of fulfillment.In addition to sharing personal anecdotes, we explore the concept of empowerment, the significance of being true to yourself at work, and the potential for you to have more control over your work environment than you realise.This episode also delves into the importance of recognising "unlock moments," taking the next step, and not needing to have everything figured out. It's a thought-provoking episode that will challenge you to consider the role of "Unlock Moments" in your own life and career path.We hope you find inspiration and valuable insights in this episode. It is sure to resonate with anyone seeking fulfillment and happiness in their professional journey.The main points throughout this podcast include:The power of storytelling and the importance of recognising your strengthsThe concept of choosing to be happy in the present momentThe significance of being true to yourself at workThe importance of recognising ‘unlock moments’, taking the next step and not needing to have everything figured out.Connect with GaryLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/garycrotaz/ Website: https://garycrotaz.comDo you have any feedback or thoughts on this discussion? If so, please connect with Aoife via the links below and let her know. Aoife would love to hear from you!Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:Website: https://happieratwork.ie LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/happieratwork.ieYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@HappierAtWorkHQTwitter: https://twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ Previous Episodes:https://happieratwork.ie/199-reflecting-on-happiness-at-work-with-aoife-obrien/https://happieratwork.ie/197-the-journey-to-workplace-happiness-with-rob-dubin/
200: Reskilling, Diversity, and Building a Happier Workplace with Bhushan Sethi
05-04-2024
200: Reskilling, Diversity, and Building a Happier Workplace with Bhushan Sethi
Do you want a sneak peak into the potential future of work?In episode 200 of the Happier at Work podcast, I welcome back Bhushan Sethi, a thought leader in the future of work, for the fourth time. The episode is a treasure trove of insights on adapting to the evolving landscape of work, embracing diversity, and the importance of continuous learning. Bhushan emphasises the need for reskilling individuals in the face of technological advancements such as AI. He sheds light on the challenges and opportunities brought about by digital transformation and the importance of lifelong learning. The episode touches upon the impact of AI on job roles, the need for open communication, and Bhushan's thoughts on managing global polarisation.The conversation delves into the Skills First report, co-created with the World Economic Forum, which advocates for skills-based hiring to promote diversity and broaden access to talent pools. Bhushan discusses the pressing need for addressing biases, fostering allyship, and advocating for diversity in the workplace, especially for women and individuals from diverse backgrounds.I am thrilled to have reached episode 200, and I am so grateful to Bhushan Sethi for sharing his invaluable expertise with us. The episode is a captivating exploration of the present and future of work, brimming with practical insights and thought-provoking discussions.The main points throughout this podcast include:Adapting to the evolving landscape of work, embracing diversity, and the importance of continuous learning. The need for reskilling individuals in the face of technological advancements such as AIThe challenges and opportunities brought about by digital transformation and the importance of lifelong learningThe pressing need for addressing biases, fostering allyship, and advocating for diversity in the workplace, especially for women and individuals from diverse backgrounds.Connect with BhushanLinkedIn: Bhushan SethiTwitter: @Bhushansethi1Tiktok: bhushansethi3Do you have any feedback or thoughts on this discussion? If so, please connect with Aoife via the links below and let her know. Aoife would love to hear from you!Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:Website: https://happieratwork.ie LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/happieratwork.ieYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@HappierAtWorkHQTwitter: https://twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ Bhushan’s Previous Episode:https://happieratwork.ie/150-navigating-the-new-business-landscape-with-bhushan-sethi/