Episodes

  • ‘’I no longer care about my own individual success because I’ve realised that the only way I grow and feel satisfaction is if I grow with other people. And it’s super important for me to be part of a group that cares about each other’s growth rather than their own individual success.’’ – Yogesh Soni.

    Joining Aoife on the podcast this week is Yogesh Soni. Born and raised in India and currently based in Silicon Valley, Yogesh is a tech mastermind who has worked with the world’s top tech companies for two decades and has built products that millions have used globally. After soul-searching and experiencing a lack of fulfilment at work and a sense of living for the weekend, Yogesh turned to writing and released his debut book ‘’Digital Belonging’’. Through his writing, Yogesh is on a mission to bring the human element into the workplace, focusing on employee well-being.

    In this episode, Yogesh shares his calling to Europe and his love of Switzerland and takes us on the journey of finding the missing piece from his career. Yogesh also explores the implications of job dissatisfaction and workplace toxicity and shares how to create a culture of belonging in the workplace. Key points throughout the discussion include:

    - An introduction to Yogesh Soni.
    - The detrimental impact of loneliness and isolation on our health.
    - An insight into war within teams and individualistic culture.
    - The Bell Curve tool for performance management.
    - Team alignment: the key to building high-performing teams.
    - Building communities in the workplace.
    - Yogesh’s DIGITAL and TACT framework.
    - Why autonomy in the workplace matters.
    - How to create belonging in the workplace.
    - Workplace misfits: It’s okay to walk away.
    - What Happier at Work means to Yogesh.

    THE LISTENERS SAY:
    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!

    Resources:

    Book: Digital Belonging by Yogesh Soni.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Digital-Belonging-Building-Human-Centered-Organizations-ebook/dp/B0B19BD4YX
    McKinsey report:
    https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/people-and-organizational-performance/our-insights/the-organization-blog/its-not-about-the-office-its-about-belonging
    Listen back: Ted Rubin on Happier at Work
    https://happieratwork.ie/happier-at-work-64-business-community-return-on-relationships-with-ted-rubin/

    Connect with Yogesh Soni:
    https://www.yogeshksoni.com/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yogeshksoni/

    Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:
    https://www.happieratwork.ie
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    https://www.twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ
    https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/happieratworkpodcast

  • This week's solo episode focuses on workload and burnout to continue with Aoife's exploration of the widespread issue of unhappiness at work.

    Did you know that up to 80% of people are currently tackling burnout!? These statistics are shocking but not surprising. This week, Aoife dives into the toll that stress and heavy workloads have on our bodies and shares valuable tips on how to avoid burnout by working smarter. The main points covered in this episode include:

    - Listening to your body and being proactive to avoid burnout.
    - Setting work boundaries remotely.
    - Workvivo study: HR breakdown.
    - Ways to master time management at work and avoid unnecessary meetings.
    - Understanding the RACI model.
    - How to manage a heavy workload.
    - Learning when to say no at work.
    - How to cope with stressful periods and consistent urgency at work.
    - Taking care of yourself when under stress.
    - The key to working smarter.

    THE LISTENERS SAY:
    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!

    Resources:
    https://www.workvivo.com/hr-breakdown/

    Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O'Brien:
    https://www.happieratwork.ie
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    https://www.twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ
    https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/happieratworkpodcast

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  • ‘’Doing good by people is also good business.’’ – Kevin Campbell.

    Are you looking to create a positive space for employees but don’t know where to begin? If so, this episode focused on data analytics and people experience is a must-listen! Joining Aoife on the show this week is special guest Kevin Campbell. Kevin is the founder of Lifted Leadership LLC and is an employee experience scientist at Qualtrics, where he helps people fall in love with their work.

    In this episode, Kevin dives into how you can boost your business with data analytics and enhance employee experiences to create a happier working environment for people to thrive in. Throughout, we learn about the multiplier effect, the outcome of putting people first and how data can help solve business problems and achieve business goals. Kevin also shares his effective ABC 123 approach to cultivating greater employee engagement. Further points discussed include:

    - An introduction to Kevin Campbell.
    - Identifying and closing gaps in the employee experience.
    - The impact of putting people first in business.
    - The rising issue of talent retention and competition in wages.
    - Learnings from employee engagement data.
    - Experience data VS operational data.
    - The stages of an employee journey.
    - Why a pulse check is a must for all businesses.
    - The U-shaped Road to recovery of employee disengagement.
    - The value of autonomy and belonging at work.
    - The Pygmalion effect in management.
    - Acting on employee experience data.
    - Kevin’s guide to getting started with people analytics.
    - What Happiness at Work means to Kevin.

    THE LISTENERS SAY:
    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!

    Resources:

    Blog: The ABC’s of Employee Experience Action Planning and Six Roadblocks to Avoid:
    https://www.xminstitute.com/blog/taking-action-ex/

    Connect with Kevin Campbell:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevingeorgecampbell/
    https://www.qualtrics.com/
    https://www.liftedleadership.com/

    Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:
    https://www.happieratwork.ie
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    https://www.twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ
    https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/happieratworkpodcast

  • Welcome to this week’s solo episode of Happier at Work. This week in the midst of a rare thunderstorm in Dublin, Aoife answers a listener’s burning question regarding leaping into leadership.

    From having a boss who made decisions and called the shouts to now being in command – Aoife dives into the transition into leadership and offers valuable advice on how to lead effectively and strategically. So if you are making big moves in business, this episode is for you as Aoife discusses the importance of gaining clarity and asking questions in the workplace. We also learn how companies can be enhanced through the power of listening and observing. The main points covered in this episode include:

    - Preparation is vital: questions to ask as a business leader.
    - Understanding the business: do your core values and the organisational values align?
    - Resources for imposter syndrome.
    - The impact of collecting employee feedback.
    - Building and maintaining business relationships.
    - Setting a vision and team development plan.
    - Thinking out loud and effective decision making in business.

    THE LISTENERS SAY:
    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!

    Resources:

    LISTEN BACK: Happier at Work episodes

    Overcoming imposter syndrome and igniting empowerment with Aoife O’Brien:
    https://happieratwork.ie/77-overcoming-imposter-syndrome-and-igniting-empowerment-with-aoife-obrien/

    The values of business with Irial O’Farrell:
    https://happieratwork.ie/happier-at-work-74-the-values-of-business-with-irial-ofarrell/


    Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:
    https://www.happieratwork.ie
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    https://www.twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ
    https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/happieratworkpodcast

  • In this week’s podcast, Aoife focuses on a topic very close to her heart - data and the impact of a data-driven workplace culture. Joining Aoife to explore this topic further is special guest Natalie Cramp. Natalie is the proud CEO of London-based data agency, Profusion, which specialises in helping businesses become more efficient, effective and profitable by embracing data science.

    In this episode, Natalie discusses the path to transforming organisations with data, how transparency is a confidence builder and how data is a key ingredient to creating happier work environments. Key points throughout the episode include:

    - An introduction to Natalie Cramp.
    - Decision-making processes in the workplace.
    - Employee performance management: Identifying your organisation’s top talent.
    - The starting point of organisational transformation.
    - Using data to drive your business strategy.
    - The power within aligning HR and Marketing teams.
    - Why it’s time to embrace data-driven decisions.
    - The importance of asking the right questions.
    - Employee retention: securing your top talent.
    - The benefits of checking in with your staff and listening to your employees.
    - Understanding your company data and business trends.
    - How data can support employee engagement during a hybrid and remote period.
    - Using data to track inclusion in the workplace.
    - Insights and success stories of data implementation.
    - What Happier at Work means to Natalie.

    THE LISTENERS SAY:
    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 Natalie Cramp:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/nataliescramp
    https://profusion.com/

    Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:
    https://www.happieratwork.ie
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    https://www.twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ
    https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/happieratworkpodcast

  • Welcome to Happier at Work’s brand-new solo series, where Aoife will be shaking things up a little as she focuses on the widespread issue of unhappiness at work. At some point throughout your professional career, you may have encountered challenges and hardships at work dealing with a tricky manager, which can drive a great sense of job dissatisfaction.

    In this week’s episode, Aoife hone’s in on one of the root causes of feeling unhappy at work: having a bad boss. Aoife highlights poor managerial attributes, shares valuable tips on handling a bad boss and discusses her personal experiences and learnings of dealing with weak bosses and empowering leaders. To ensure you always feel happier at work, Aoife also advises how you can avoid terrible bosses in the future. The main points covered in this episode include:

    - No one wants to be micro-managed.
    - The impact of employee comparison.
    - Dealing with broken promises at work.
    - The key to understanding your boss.
    - Knowing when to leave your job.
    - A distant boss: Is this a sign of weak management?
    - Developing a curious mindset.
    - Employment issues: the benefits of creating a paper trail.
    - Bring solutions to your boss, not problems.
    - How to communicate with a difficult boss.
    - Setting work boundaries and prioritising your workload.
    - How to avoid terrible bosses in the future.
    - An empowering boss with a coaching approach.

    THE LISTENERS SAY:
    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!

    Resources:

    Listen back:

    Good Boss Bad Boss: EP 8 with Aoife O’Brien
    https://www.stephennaughton.com/good-boss-bad-boss-podcast/2019/9/16/good-boss-bad-boss-podcast-episode-8-aoife-obrien

    Why delivering effective and constructive feedback is so vital with Aoife O’Brien
    https://happieratwork.ie/85-why-delivering-effective-and-constructive-feedback-at-work-is-so-vital-with-aoife-obrien/

    Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:
    https://www.happieratwork.ie
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    https://www.twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ
    https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/happieratworkpodcast

  • “Doubt keeps us humble and curious. If you didn’t experience this healthy and normal emotion of doubt, it means that you wouldn’t care about your audience. It means you wouldn’t care about doing good work.” – Kelli Thompson.

    Joining Aoife on the podcast this week is special guest Kelli Thompson. Kelli is an inspirational women’s leadership coach, speaker and author who made the brave leap of leaving a secure job with Corporate America to start her own practice to help empower women across the globe. Kelli’s mission is to help women create a career they love and advance and make an impact in the rooms where decisions are made.

    In this jam-packed episode, Kelli shares how to ignite your confidence and create a career you love. We learn about workplace issues faced by women, how imposter syndrome is self-sabotage and why we need to normalise feelings of doubt and trust our bodies. Kelli also asks how you would like to be described when you’re not in the room? Key points throughout the episode include:

    - An introduction to Kelli Thompson.
    - Overcoming the confidence gap.
    - Systemic inequalities and likability bias in the workplace.
    - Reframing flaws into gifts.
    - The importance of setting boundaries.
    - Workplace wellbeing and the unpaid workload of women.
    - Trusting your body and listening to your gut.
    - Imposter syndrome and the impact of expensive thoughts.
    - Stretching your comfort zone and creating emotional resilience.
    - How data can reveal reasons for change.
    - What Happier at Work means to Kelli.

    “As a woman leader, trusting your gut is going to be your competitive advantage at work if we really want to redefine workplaces and lead in a whole new way in a way that feels right for you.” – Kelli Thompson.

    COMING SOON! Kelli’s book Closing the Confidence Gap lands on November 1, 2022.
    For early access opportunities, join the waitlist at https://www.kelliraethompson.com/

    THE LISTENERS SAY:
    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!

    Resources:

    Listen back: Karin Tischler on Flexible Working for Gender Equality
    https://happieratwork.ie/happier-at-work-46-karin-tischler-on-flexible-working-for-gender-equality/

    Connect with Kelli Thompson:
    https://www.kelliraethompson.com/
    https://www.kelliraethompson.com/book
    https://www.instagram.com/kelliraethompson/?hl=en
    https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/kelliraethompson/

    Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:
    https://www.happieratwork.ie
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    https://www.twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ
    https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/happieratworkpodcast

  • This week, Aoife is serving up a challenging and thought-provoking solo episode focused on talent management, inspired by a college lecture-discussion she took part in a couple of years ago. In this episode, Aoife explores organisational performance and the measurements of talent in the workplace, unlocking our fullest potential and excelling in our career, and probes the question; is everyone good at something? The main points covered include:

    - The bell curve: measuring employee performance.
    - Favourable treatment and equality at work.
    - Unlocking your key strengths and finding your career purpose.
    - The importance of giving people the chance to excel.
    - The damages a lack of employee recognition can cause.
    - The concept of the Peter principle.
    - Bluffing your way in business.
    - How to identify your strengths and potential.
    - Managing high performers and underperformers.

    THE LISTENERS SAY:
    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!

    Resources:

    Listen back: Aoife O’Brien live on Newstalk discussing Imposter Syndrome.
    https://www.newstalk.com/podcasts//imposter-syndrome-in-the-workplace

    Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:
    https://www.happieratwork.ie
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    https://www.twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ
    https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/happieratworkpodcast

  • Did you know there is a parallel link between human psychology and animal behaviour? Here to break it down for us is this week's special guest Beth Anstandig who will be discussing the animal within and awakening our natural leadership.

    Beth is a licensed psychotherapist, lifelong cowgirl and author with over 25 years of experience working with human herds offering leadership, corporate culture and well-being programs through The Circle Up Experience. Get ready for a truly fascinating discussion as Beth unleashes our mammal instincts, explains the heart of psychological safety, explores supportive leadership and how to embrace collaboration in a remote world and much more. Key points throughout the discussion include:

    - An introduction to Beth Anstandig.
    - Transforming a team into a community.
    - Activating autopilot and ignoring our body's needs.
    - Is psychological needs the same as physical needs?
    - Overcoming conflict at work.
    - The culture of you and how to avoid wasted energy.
    - Questioning your purpose and the self-care crisis.
    - How to prevent group communication gaps.
    - Unlocking the power of self-awareness.
    - The impact of lack of workplace humanity and connection.
    - An introduction to the thought partnership: how to ignite collaboration.
    - The dangers of assumptions in the workplace.
    - Removing the shame from role modelling and teaching in the workplace.
    - Leadership: how can we lead ourselves effectively?
    - What Happier at Work means to Beth.

    THE LISTENERS SAY:
    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!

    Resources:
    The Human Herd: Awakening Our Natural Leadership by Beth Anstandig
    https://www.thecircleupexperience.com/thehumanherdbook/

    Connect with Beth Anstandig:
    https://www.thecircleupexperience.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/thecircleupexperience/
    https://www.instagram.com/thecircleupexperience/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/bethanstandig992861132/%C2%A0

    Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O'Brien:
    https://www.happieratwork.ie
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    https://www.twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ
    https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/happieratworkpodcast

  • This week’s solo episode focuses on the rising concept of toxic productivity and the busyness badge of honour. We can all strive to be productive, but do we recognise the detrimental impact of busyness on our mental health and bodies, and is it a badge of honour worth wearing?

    In this episode, Aoife discusses the link between busyness and success, the need for setting personal boundaries and the importance of self-reviewing to reflect and identify where time is being spent in order to create a more manageable workload. The main points covered in the discussion include:

    - The impact of toxic productivity and the busyness badge of honour.
    - The link between busyness and success.
    - Time management and self-evaluation: where is your time being spent?
    - Conducting business meetings: are they necessary?
    - Are you doing the right work?
    - The importance of setting self boundaries and goals.
    - Reactive VS proactive behaviour.
    - The blurred line between work and home.
    - The danger of unclear work objectives.
    - Managing perfectionism and imposter syndrome.
    - Is your overwhelming workload a form of escapism?
    - Getting a handle on your work routine.
    - The rise of stress and work burnout.

    THE LISTENERS SAY:
    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:
    https://www.happieratwork.ie
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    https://www.twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ
    https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/happieratworkpodcast

    Resources:
    Recent Irish Times feature with Aoife O’Brien:
    https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/toxic-productivity-has-become-a-hazard-to-our-health-1.4852917
    Happier at Work playback episodes:
    https://happieratwork.ie/82-creating-a-better-workday-with-niamh-brady/
    https://happieratwork.ie/happier-at-work-81-setting-boundaries-at-work-with-aoife-obrien/

  • ‘’We're fighting in this war of talent. Google are coming in and knocking on the door of our people, Microsoft and Amazon too. We're losing our people to huge organisations and I don't have the weapons to keep them but I do have one great weapon, which is belonging.’’ – Stephanie Brady.

    Welcome back to Happier at Work. This week, Aoife is delighted to be joined by HR expert and enthusiast Stephanie Brady. Stephanie is an experienced HR leader with seven years of experience steering the HR agenda in Retail inMotion (IT/ Retail/ Aviation). But that’s not all; Stephanie also runs StephBe – a safe haven where she shares her passion and ideas, and helps people transform their lives and businesses through her coaching services. For Stephanie, when it comes to self-development and tapping into self-potential – the sky’s the limit!

    In this episode, Aoife and Stephanie discuss belonging: the secret weapon of business, how Covid-19 shook the travel industry overnight, Stephanie’s fertitlity journey, supportive work environments and so much more. The main points throughout include:

    - An introduction to Stephanie Brady.
    - Breaking into a new industry.
    - The concept of belonging in the workplace.
    - War for talent and employee retention.
    - Supportive and family-like organisations.
    - How to maintain company culture in a hybrid/remote working world.
    - Dealing with imposter syndrome and the sense of not belonging at work.
    - Allowing time to adapt and settle into a new working environment.
    - Importance of aligning personal core values and work values.
    - Handling hardship and challenges at work.
    - Stephanie’s personal fertility treatment journey.
    - The power of kindness at work.
    - The benefit of setting clear expectations and having honest conversations.
    - What Happier at Work means to Stephanie.

    THE LISTENERS SAY:
    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 Stephanie Brady:
    http://stephbe.ie/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie-brady-7b852022/
    https://www.instagram.com/stephbe.ie

    Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:
    https://www.happieratwork.ie
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    https://www.twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ
    https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/happieratworkpodcast

  • ‘’People will leave managers rather than leaving organisations because the managers are the touchpoint for individuals within the organisation, especially now with most people working remotely or in a hybrid situation.’’ – Aoife O’Brien.
    Welcome back to Happier at Work! This week’s solo episode is inspired by a statistic that Aoife recently came across on LinkedIn, stating that only 28% of organisations have any leadership development programs in place.

    With the revelation of this shockingly low statistic, Aoife is dedicating this episode to discussing why investment in leadership development is vital and shares thoughts and actions on what companies should be doing to enhance their leadership training to encourage the organisation’s performance. Throughout the discussion, Aoife shares personal experiences throughout her professional journey of receiving development investment at the perfect timing, working with undertrained and inexperienced managers, and receiving delayed managerial training. The main points covered include:

    - Why employee development should not be overlooked.
    - The negative impacts of a bad manager.
    - Striking the right time for career development training.
    - Understanding your role and setting clear expectations for employees.
    - How to deliver effective feedback.
    - Introducing accountability and responsibility at work.
    - How organisations can support managers.

    THE LISTENERS SAY:
    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:
    https://www.happieratwork.ie
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    https://www.twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ
    https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/happieratworkpodcast

  • ‘I always say if you don't have a plan yourself, you will become part of somebody else's.’’ – Katrin Sturm.

    Welcome back to Happier at Work. This week, Aoife is delighted to welcome German-born, Dublin based renowned personal growth mentor, CEO and founder of Scale & Shine, Katrin Sturm. Katrin is passionate and devoted to empowering female leaders to reach new career heights in male-dominated industries and helps organisations close the gender gap through the incredible work of her business.

    So many avenues get explored in this jam-packed session with many golden nuggets peppered throughout. Aoife and Katrin discuss how the time to scale & shine is now, unconscious bias, gender stereotype language in the workplace, your own definition of success, and so much more. The main points throughout include:

    - An introduction to Katrin Sturm.
    - Transitioning into a managerial role.
    - The link between career progression and loneliness.
    - Supporting women in business and bridging the gap of workplace gender bias.
    - The power of mindset and the impact of imposter syndrome on businesswomen.
    - Understanding what drives and motivates employees.
    - Do women need additional or different support to men?
    - The importance of self-reflection and identifying your definition of success.
    - Understanding and aligning your value systems.
    - Relocating for work: would you consider it?
    - Katrin’s advice for achieving professional growth.
    - The benefits of business coaching and mentoring.
    - Unlocking self-appreciation: why we must be kinder to ourselves and acknowledge our wins.
    - Don’t hold back asking for what you want at work.
    - What Happier at Work means to Katrin.

    Listen out as Katrin also reveals exciting details of Scale & Shine’s forthcoming Leadership Circle programme, a 6-month mastermind and accountability programme to help you become the best possible leader in a male-dominated industry.

    ‘’You should not compare yourself with others. The only person you should compare yourself with is the one you were yesterday.’’ – Katrin Sturm.

    THE LISTENERS SAY:
    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 Katrin Sturm:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/katrinsturm
    https://www.scaleandshine.io/
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/scaleandshine/
    https://www.instagram.com/scaleandshine/

    Join the Leadership Circle – a virtual 6-month mastermind & accountability programme:
    https://www.scaleandshine.io/leadership-circle

    Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:
    https://www.happieratwork.ie
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    https://www.twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ
    https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/happieratworkpodcast

    Resources:

    Listen back:
    Happier at Work EP 77 – Overcoming Imposter Syndrome and igniting empowerment
    https://happieratwork.ie/overcoming-imposter-syndrome-igniting-empowerment

  • Welcome back to Happier at Work! To celebrate the recent milestone of reaching 100 episodes, Aoife has put together a selection of unique episodes. For today’s solo special, Aoife opened the floor to the listeners for any questions or topics of interest that they wished to get covered.

    Today’s episode will be focused on maintaining employee satisfaction during the great reshuffle as a brilliant question came in from an anonymous listener wondering how to manage an ambitious team when there are limited opportunities for career progression during these challenging times of change. Aoife will discuss the key to motivating employees and sustaining employee engagement, the power of open communication in the workplace and will share prevention techniques for employee turnover so you can retain your top talent. Key points covered include:

    - Work progression: are you ready to move into management?
    - The importance of understanding employee motivation.
    - Introducing opportunities for lateral moves in the workplace.
    - Effectively increasing responsibility at work.
    - Allowing time to assess career moves.
    - Are your employee’s satisfaction needs being met?
    - The value of open communication within your team.
    - How to encourage employee autonomy at work.

    THE LISTENERS SAY:
    Do you have any feedback or thoughts on this discussion, or have a burning question that you would love to ask? If so, please connect with Aoife via the links below and let her know.

    Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:

    https://www.happieratwork.ie
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    https://www.twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ
    https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/happieratworkpodcast

  • "I've actually never come across an organisation that doesn't value and doesn't require the skill of problem-solving." – Irial O'Farrell.

    Returning to the podcast this week is special guest Irial O'Farrell. Last July, Irial joined Aoife on the podcast to discuss The Values of Business. If you missed that in-depth discussion, fear not, as you can listen back here.

    This week, Irial returns to discuss the topic of the manager's dilemma to celebrate the release of her third and latest book. Throughout the episode, Irial explores the managerial mindset and differentiates between a manager VS an expert. Irial also uncovers problem-solving techniques and why we should focus on performance development rather than performance management. Listeners will also learn valuable tips on how to work smarter! Key points throughout the discussion include:

    - The concept of the manager's dilemma.
    - The difference between managers -VS- experts.
    - How role dimensions can enhance clarity in the workplace.
    - The benefits of mapping management processes.
    - What is leading to the great resignation?
    - Managing complexity in the workplace.
    - Imposter syndrome: feeling out of depth at work.
    - Why performance development is vital for business success.
    - Onboarding junior staff and connecting employees with the organisation.
    - How effective time management can vastly improve your work routine.
    - The rules of escalation at work.
    - A sample of questions every manager should be asking.
    - What happiness at work means for Irial.

    Connect with Irial O'Farrell:
    http://www.evolutionconsulting.ie/
    http://www.linkedin.com/in/irialofarrell/
    http://www.facebook.com/irialofarrellbooks
    http://www.instagram.com/irialofarrellbooks/
    http://www.twitter.com/evolution_ary

    Irial O'Farrell's books:
    https://www.evolutionconsulting.ie/product/the-managers-dilemma/

    Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O'Brien:
    http://www.happieratwork.ie
    http://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    http://www.twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ
    http://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie
    http://www.facebook.com/groups/happieratworkpodcast

  • "Corporate culture matters. How management chooses to treat its people impacts everything for better or for worse." – Simon Sinek.

    Welcome back to Happier at Work! Did you know that today marks Workplace Wellbeing Day? To celebrate, Aoife will be dedicating this solo episode to releasing the top-line results from a survey she carried out last year amidst the global pandemic focusing on well-being at work. If you wish to gain access to the full survey findings, don't hesitate to get in touch with Aoife directly via her website - https://happieratwork.ie/contact

    In today's episode, Aoife will discuss why it's time to prioritise well-being at work, the business impacts of Covid-19 and unpacks the challenges the pandemic brought to the surface for businesses and remote workers across the globe. Aoife kicks off the discussion by revealing startling statistics on mental health in the workplace and explores employee concerns about the future of work. Key points throughout include:

    - Workplace challenges during COVID-19.
    - The struggles with working remotely: social isolation, communication and workplace boundaries.
    - Unlocking work-life harmony.
    - The rise of job insecurity.
    - Striving for career fulfilment.
    - A loss of productivity at work.
    - The struggle of maintaining company culture in a remote world.
    - The transition of returning to work.
    - The key to employee retention.
    - Concerns with career advancement.

    THE LISTENERS SAY:
    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:
    https://www.happieratwork.ie
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    https://www.twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ
    https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/happieratworkpodcast

  • ‘’You can never please everybody, but you can listen to everybody. And you can say, I hear you, and this is what we can do.’’ – Sarah Courtney.

    Welcome back to Happier at Work, you asked for it, and Aoife listened! Listeners have requested today’s topic of re-entering the working world, which Aoife has been excited to cover for some time now. This jam-packed episode features special guest Sarah Courtney from Sarah Courtney Coaching. Sarah is a mum first, a coach second and a champion of supporting parents who wish to work in an inclusive, family-friendly workforce.

    Much ground gets covered within this episode as Sarah and Aoife discuss returning to work after a leave of absence and unpack how businesses can support their staff through times of massive transition, not just for mothers and fathers but for anyone who has taken a substantial career break. The main points throughout the episode include:

    - An introduction to Sarah Courtney.
    - Transitioning back into the workplace.
    - Feeding the gender pay gap issues.
    - The importance of senior role models in an organisation.
    - Making choices: professional identity -VS- personal identity.
    - Why living policies at work are essential.
    - How any size business can create a family-friendly workplace culture.
    - Tackling difficult conversations and managing conflict at work.
    - How to identify and meet your needs.
    - The benefits of open communication at work.
    - The art of leading and listening: how to make your employees feel heard.
    - The reality of positive returns to work.
    - How transitioning into parenthood welcomes new skills and growth.
    - Breaking the narrative of mommy guilt.
    - What makes Sarah happier at work.

    ‘’Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.’’ – Maya Angelou.

    THE LISTENERS SAY:
    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 Sarah Courtney:
    https://sarahcourtneycoaching.ie/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-courtney
    https://www.instagram.com/sarahcourtneycoaching/

    Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O’Brien:
    https://www.happieratwork.ie
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    https://www.twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ
    https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/happieratworkpodcast

    Resources:

    Book: Shorter: Work Better, Smarter and Less by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
    https://www.amazon.com/Shorter-Work-Better-Smarter

    Listen back: Happier at Work episode with Bettina Arnafjall:
    https://happieratwork.ie/10-bettina-arnafjall-from-womens-career-lift/

    Book: Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez
    https://carolinecriadoperez.com/book/invisible-women/

    DCU research:
    https://pubsonline.informs.org/doi/abs/10.1287/orsc.2021.1508 https://hbr.org/2018/09/how-companies-can-ensure-maternity-leave-doesnt-hurt-womens-careers

  • This week's episode comes with a twist as the podcast interviewer becomes the interviewee to celebrate the milestone of reaching 100 episodes. Stepping in to host this unique episode is Irish born, Sydney based guest Cathal Quinlan. Cathal holds over 20 years of experience working in corporate and has recently become the proud owner of [email protected] – helping people transform their working experiences and boosting performance personally and within others.

    This week, listeners will get to absorb so much more about the founder of Happier at Work as we dive into Aoife's personal and professional journey, learn about the evolution of her purpose and find out what the future looks like for the business. Listeners, get ready to embark on the squiggly road trip to Happier at Work. Whilst on the hot seat, Aoife will explore many topics that haven't been discussed before and reveals a fascinating opportunity. The main points throughout the episode include:

    - Stepping into employment after college.
    - Working abroad: making big moves for an international career.
    - Coping with feeling overloaded with work.
    - Dealing with empty promises and a lack of recognition at work.
    - The importance of confidence in the workplace.
    - Returning to work after a career break.
    - Falling in and out of love with your job.
    - Choosing a career and igniting your strengths.
    - Feeling unhappy at work and stepping into the unknown.
    - The damaging effects of micromanagement and value conflict at work.
    - Business attitudes: understanding the profile of an organisation.
    - How to enhance retention to avoid the great resignation.
    - When is Aoife happiest at work?
    - Podcast learnings and the power of gratitude.
    - The ongoing journey of Happier at Work and what is next for Aoife O'Brien.

    THE LISTENERS SAY:
    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 Cathal Quinlan:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/cathal-quinlan

    Connect with Happier at Work host Aoife O'Brien:
    https://www.happieratwork.ie
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    https://www.twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ
    https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/happieratworkpodcast

    Resources:
    The Squiggly Career by Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis.
    https://www.amazingif.com/

    The No Asshole Rule by Robert I. Sutton PhD
    https://www.amazon.com/Asshole-Rule

  • Welcome to the 100th episode of Happier at Work! This week's episode is a highlight special dedicated to the array of wonderful past guests who have featured on the show since the podcast made its debut back in September 2019.

    To celebrate such an incredible milestone, your host Aoife O'Brien revisits a selection of episodes where we hear openly and honestly from inspiring HR and business leaders about what drives their happiness at work. Even though we hear from 15 unique individuals, no answers are the same as they range from the simple acts of welcoming music into your day, allowing for continued learning and much more. However, you will start to sense a common theme throughout and soon realise the recipe's key ingredient for truly being happier at work.

    So, get ready to stroll down memory lane as we revisit discussions with some of our favourite industry game-changers. Special guests in order of appearance are as follows:

    Episode 7 - Andrew Barnes
    Episode 11 - Louise Goss
    Episode 14 – Emiliana Simon
    Episode 22 - Fiona English
    Episode 24 - Tim Kidd
    Episode 26 - Timen Baart
    Episode 35 - Mike Vacanti
    Episode 49 - Aoife Mollin
    Episode 50 - Bhushan Sethi
    Episode 57 - Aaron Burnett
    Episode 61 - Lucinda Carney
    Episode 70 - Jennifer Dowling
    Episode 62 - Paul Walker
    Episode 82 - Niamh Brady
    Episode 84 - Stefan Tonnon

    THE LISTENERS SAY:

    Have you thought about what makes you happier at work?
    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:
    https://www.happieratwork.ie
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    https://www.twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ
    https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/happieratworkpodcast

    To access the entire catalogue of Happier at Work episodes, visit:
    https://happieratwork.ie/happier-at-work-podcast/

  • “We spend so much of our time at work, when we’re not happy at work, that filters into other aspects of our lives.” – Aoife O’Brien.

    Welcome back to Happier at Work! To mark the 99th episode of the show, host Aoife O’Brien dedicates this solo discussion to the heartbeat and purpose of the podcast, finding happiness at work. Would you agree that people are the number one asset in any business!? Aoife’s mission is to help organisations identify the power of putting people first to create a happier working environment. Did you know that a happier environment enhances workplace productivity, performance and helps attract and retain top talent?

    In this episode, Aoife explores the benefits of establishing a healthy work-life balance from an individual and organisational perspective. Aoife also takes us on her journey of establishing happiness at work, sharing her personal experience of losing a sense of autonomy at work and revealing when she feels most fulfilled. Key points throughout the episode include:

    - Why is job satisfaction so important?
    - The stats don’t lie: the benefits of a positive work culture.
    - How being unhappy at work impacts our lives.
    - How to conduct a happiness audit for your workplace.
    - The key to being proactive when improving working environments.
    - Dealing with a workplace conflict of values.
    - The harm of micromanagement in business.
    - Identifying gaps: how to ignite your strengths at work.
    - The art of knowledge sharing.
    - When does Aoife feel happiest at work?
    - The downfalls of disengaged employees.

    THE LISTENERS SAY:
    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:
    https://www.happieratwork.ie
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemobrien
    https://www.twitter.com/HappierAtWorkHQ
    https://www.instagram.com/happieratwork.ie
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/happieratworkpodcast

    Resources:

    Listen back: Finding Your Purpose at Work with Aoife O’Brien.
    https://happieratwork.ie/97-finding-your-purpose-at-work-with-aoife-obrien/

    Book: The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor.
    https://www.shawnachor.com/books/happiness-advantage/