Chief Happiness Officer Blog

3 Myths of Corporate Team Building

Having a strong camaraderie at the office is crucial for bringing a company’s mission to the world. Employees must work together and stand unified for their cause. That is why team building exercises are common practice for most corporations. Putting together a team and having them gun for the gold medal is an ideal way […]

How to Enhance Employee Productivity in Meetings

Meetings are an inevitable part of working life – it is estimated that workers spend approximately 31 hours in meetings in a month.  When handled poorly, meetings can have a negative impact on productivity at the office and a negative effect on employee morale. Alexander Kjerulf, Chief Happiness Officer and author of Happy Hour is […]

Five Key Traits of a Happy Boss

It’s Boss’ Day! What does that mean, exactly? It’s not a national holiday, but it is a designated day for appreciating your boss and everything he or she does. This secular holiday is celebrated in the United States, Canada, Lithuania, and Romania. Of course, it is a lot easier to celebrate your boss if your […]

3 Ways NOT to Praise Your Co-Workers

When you think back on your life’s highlight reel, you probably have an eclectic mix of moments running through your head. Perhaps you scored a homerun back when you played little league baseball. Maybe you nailed a presentation that secured your company a big account. Either way, these types of moments are remembered for multiple […]

5 Ways NOT to Lead Geeks

There are those select few out there who simply understand technology. Whether it’s a natural talent, or their own genuine curiosity, these individuals have become some of the greatest artists of our time. They have become fluent in the language of code, and with it they write beautiful poetry—shaping stanzas with new words that transform […]

3 Business proverbs that are dead wrong!

We are continuously looking to business thought leaders for advice on how to approach our own endeavors. Phrases like “It’s a dog eat dog world” have given us the impression that the business world is a shark-filled ocean, and we need to be ready for battle with every decision we make. This is a false […]

5 Signs That You’re Unhappy at Work

Happiness at work seems like a win-win. Productivity goes up, sales increase, and (most importantly) employees enjoy going to work everyday. Yet, there are always two-sides to every coin. When you’ve spent as much time trying to spread happiness at work as I have, it’s natural to find unhappiness as well. But I’m grateful to […]

5 Bad Excuses For Not Quitting a Job You Hate!

We’ve all had an off day at the office. The day where nothing seems to go right, work piles up, and it seems that everything is against you. It’s normal to have this day once in awhile, but if this sounds like your standard work day, you may seriously need to re-evaluate whether your job […]

Happy Employees Deliver Better Customer Service

Companies should always be striving to deliver better customer service. Most of us can recall a particularly awful customer service experience, as well as a particularly fantastic one. I know I certainly do! I recently had a bit of a Goldilocks experience when trying to purchase a mobile phone plan. I had done my research […]

How to be a Happy Boss: Free White Paper from Alexander Kjerulf

Alexander Kjerulf has made it his life’s work to spread happiness in workplaces across the globe. Through his teachings, he makes you realise that a happy work culture is not only the best way for employees to live, but it also has a direct impact on increasing profits. “I believe, that the future of management […]

Are You a Happy Boss? [Quiz]

A boss’ attitude can make or break the work place. A sour demeanor can put off an entire staff, making them unproductive and spiteful of both their work and employers. A happy boss can boost productivity, efficiency, and the overall attitude at the office. A happy work place has been shown to be much more […]

Happy Mondays Series #7 – Get Started After the Holiday

Scroll through a Facebook or Twitter feed on a Monday morning and you will likely see plenty of updates about the onset of a new week and how much people are not looking forward to it: we are always confronted with the idea that Mondays are something to be universally hated. However, we can fight the idea […]

Karoshi: The Japanese Killer Work Ethic

“Hard work never killed anyone, but why take a chance?” declared the late former American president Ronald Reagan. Perhaps he never received much news from Japan. What is karoshi? Karoshi. Karojisatsu. These terms mean “death by overwork” and “suicide by overwork” in Japanese. The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW) defines karoshi as […]

Happy Mondays Series #6 – Notice Your Accomplishments

Scroll through your Facebook or Twitter feed on a Monday morning and you’re likely to see plenty of updates about how much people are not looking forward to the start of a new week: we are constantly bombarded with the idea that Mondays have to be universally hated. However, we can fight the idea that […]

Pine Tribe Author Interviews: Alexander Kjerulf [video]

For this edition of Pine Tribe Author Interviews, I sit down with Alexander Kjerulf, author of Happy Hour is 9 to 5, to get to know the story behind the Chief Happiness Officer of Woohoo inc. Kjerulf, who started his career as a software engineer, began his own journey to teach others how to achieve happiness […]

Happy Mondays Series #5 – Celebrate a Mistake

Scroll through your Facebook or Twitter feed on a Monday morning and you’re likely to see plenty of updates about how much people are not looking forward to the start of a new week: happiness and Mondays just don’t go together for most people. However, we can fight the idea that Mondays have to be something […]

Happy Mondays Series #4 – Get Moving

Scroll through your Facebook or Twitter feed on a Monday morning and you’re likely to see plenty of updates about how much people are not looking forward to the start of a new week, (especially from those who stayed up late last night to watch the World Cup). We can fight the idea that Mondays have […]

Happy Mondays Series – Praise Yourself

Every Monday for the next 10 weeks we will be sharing some of Alexander Kjerulf’s tips from his book 52 Happy Mondays that will inspire you to make your Monday happier as well. This week, we will be sharing tips from weeks 28 regarding the importance of remembering to praise yourself for your accomplishments. Week 28: Self-praise Are you […]

Happy Mondays Series – Take Time to Reflect

Every Monday for the next 10 weeks we will be sharing some of Alexander Kjerulf’s tips from his book 52 Happy Mondays that will inspire you to make your Monday happier as well. This week, we will be sharing tips from weeks 6 and 21. Week 6: What is the Point of Your Job? Does […]

Happy Mondays Series: Say Good Morning

Scroll through a Facebook or Twitter feed on a Monday morning and they’re likely to be filled with updates about how much people are dreading the start of a new week, how sad they are that the weekend is over, and a stream of various other Monday-related complaints – we are confronted with the idea […]

Alexander Kjerulf on HuffPost Live

This week, Pine Tribe author Alexander Kjerulf was featured on HuffPost Live. As one of the world’s leading experts in work place happiness, Alexander is a big advocate of arbejdsglæde, which is currently an exclusive Scandinavian word for happiness at work. Alexander is working toward spreading this message to the world, creating happier employees, and […]

Top 5 Blue Monday songs

The hype from Christmas has subsided into the faint smell of rotting Christmas tree and an excess five kilos that you’ll have to work off before summer. You’re back at work and the prospect of the cold rainy commute is enough to make you scowl a hex on any living soul that attempts to clamber […]

10 simple questions that will give you the best possible start to the new year at work

Originally posted by Alexander Kjerulf at positivesharing.com. The beginning of a new year is a great time to take stock of your work life. Did everything go the way you wanted it in 2013? Were you happy or unhappy at work? What would you like to change? Unfortunately, most people look back and think almost […]

Happiness at work – Q&A with Alexander Kjerulf

Do you have any specific advice for managers?

The first bit of advice might sound surprising: get yourself happy first. Not at the cost of others’ happiness, which is bound to fail, but in concert with others. The book is full of advice on this.

How NOT to lead geeks

When the geeks at NCR in Australia threatened to go on strike, it was a move that could have paralyzed ATMs, supermarket cash registers and airplane check-in. This underlines the fact that IT has become so central to almost all corporations, that any disruption may cost a lot of time and money, which again means that […]

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