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Happy Manifesto: Make Your Organization a Great Workplace (Paperback)

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Imagine a workplace where people are energized and motivated by being in control of the work they do.
Imagine they are trusted and given freedom, within clear guidelines, to decide how to achieve their results.
Imagine they are valued according to the work they do, rather than the number of hours they spend at their desk.

In too many organizations, management is broken. In one global survey just 21 per cent of staff reported that they are fully engaged at their workplace. As Professor Gary Hamel of London Business School commented, "the other 79 per cent may be physically on the job, but they've left their enthusiasm and ingenuity at home."

The Happy Manifesto is a call for change - a call to look at management from the perspective of the people who are managed. Author, Henry Stewart, learned these lessons the hard way. In the 1980s he helped set up a newspaper only to have it fail 6 weeks later due to poor management. They hired talented people but, inadvertently, created a working environment where it was almost impossible for these highly capable individuals to succeed.

He came out of it determined to create a company that was both principled and effective, and a great place to work. That company is Happy Ltd., a training business. His Happy Computers division trains people in desktop software, making learning about computers an involving and enjoyable experience. His Happy People division helps organizations create great workplaces based on the ideas outlined in this book.

With fascinating anecdotes and useful advice, this book explains how to create an environment where people feel motivated to work and the financial benefits that come with a happy company culture. In The Happy Manifesto, Stewart explains what he's done right and wrong on his journey to create a company where people actually enjoy working and what he's learned along the way.

About the Author

Henry Stewart founded Happy Computers 20 years ago, and today he is CEO of Happy Ltd. In 2009, the "Guru Radar of the Thinkers 50 list" proclaimed him one of the most influential business thinkers in the world. Happy Ltd has been listed as one of the 20 best workplaces in the UK for the last five years (Financial Times / Great Place to Work Institute). It has also been rated the best company in the UK for customer service (Management Today) and the best in the UK for work/life balance (Financial Times).

Product Details
ISBN: 9780749467517
ISBN-10: 0749467517
Publisher: Kogan Page
Publication Date: February 28th, 2013
Pages: 145
Language: English