What would it look like if happiness at work became as much a regular part of our healthy routine as working out?
Each month we’ll follow a theme, and each week we’ll dive into an underlying topic with a new ‘Happiness Challenge’ focusing on innovative ideas and creative ways in which to implement happiness into our daily lives and our offices. Each themed month will feature:
- one blogpost a week from a thought leader published on Monday
- a podcast interviewing an influencer in the area
- one or more experiments or employee engagement exercises a week to help spread happiness at work
- tweeting relevant and topical content and sharing on our Facebook
- a channel each week on the exclusive Happy Melly Slack community dedicated to the topic at hand. Here you’ll share your own experiences with the topic, as well as thought-provoking insights and articles.
- at the end of each themed month, we will release a workbook to members so they can always follow through on the challenges, take notes, and record their learnings
How can you get involved?
- Start by joining Happy Melly! (if you’re not already, it’s only costs a couple cups of coffee a month!)
- Join the discussion on Slack
- Propose an idea for a weekly challenge (any Happy Melly member can spearhead a week!)
- Write a blog about your experience participating in the challenge or sharing your experiences on the topic
- Encourage friends to join the discussion on social media
Weekly Happiness Challenge Schedule 2018
In January our challenge weeks will focus on, ‘I need help with….’
January 8-12: I NEED HELP WITH KEEPING UP ENTHUSIASM AT WORK WHEN OTHERS AREN’T AT THE SAME LEVEL, by Marjan Venema
Baby steps: Breaking down vision and aspirations into digestible steps
January 15-19: I NEED HELP WITH HOW TO BALANCE WORK-GIG-FAMILY, Patrick Verdonk
Searching for work-life balance in the gig economy
Jan 22-26: I NEED HELP WITH GETTING OTHER PEOPLE TO HELP, Tomas Kejzlar
Jan 29 – 2 Feb: SELF LEADERSHIP SKILLS REQUIRED FOR A REMOTE TEAM, by Molood
In February our challenge weeks will focus on, Achieving Greatness…
Feb 5-9: TBD, Nick
Feb 12-16: TBD, Claire
Feb 19-23: Alex
Feb 26 – 2 March: TBD
Join Happy Melly today to join in these exclusive weekly challenges filled with community experimentation, feedback and support!
Our 2017 Weekly Challenge Schedule
Jan. 16-23, 2017: BUILDING YOUR STARTUP’S FUTURE by Happy Melly funder and founder of Workshop Butler Sergey Kotlov
Listen to Sergey’s company journey and then read his five lessons learned from a startup accelerator.
Jan. 23-30, 2017: TRANSITIONAL STARTUP BRANDING led by career-changing consultancy We Love Mondays
Learn some ways you can go from your individual branding to your whole startup branding
In February we will continue counting down the 12 ways to happiness with wellness weeks, focused on Eating Well, Exercising, Getting Rest and Helping Others.
In March, Learning 3.0 will be leading us through a month of changing the way we learn and facilitate learning.
March 6-12, 2017: FIND YOUR OWN ‘SPOTIFY MODEL’ by Learning 3.0 founder Alexandre Magno
Don’t copy the Spotify model. Do copy the Spotify attitude.
March 13-19, 2017: STARTING A COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE by Learning 3.0 facilitator João Reis
Starting a community of practices using the learning canvas at Vivareal
March 27-31, 2017: CREATE YOUR OWN LEARNING TOOL by Yoris Linhares
How to create your own learning tool
In April, Management 3.0 facilitators will be leading us through challenges to improve employee engagement.
April 3-7, 2017: HOW TO HAVE BETTER MEETINGS by Loic Leofold
Stop Inviting. Sell Your Meeting!
April 10-14: FEARLESS JOURNEY, by Christof Braun
A Fearless Change Management Game
April 17-21: THE FACILITATOR’S JOURNEY, by Ralph van Roosmalen
How Experiments made me a Management 3.0 Facilitator
April 24-28: DELIBERATLY DEVELOPMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS, by Maurice Lefebrvre
My Experience with a Deliberately Developmental Organization
In May, our challenge weeks will focus on Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness
May 1-5: ADJUSTING OUR MINDSETS & BECOMING MORE AWARE, by Helene Schmit
Dancing with Transition: The Journey Toward Meaningful Work
May 8-12: SCREENS AND MINDFULNESS, by Paul Holden
Screen addiction and how to beat it
May 22-26: EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT LEADERS, by Patrick Verdonk
How emotional intelligence (EQ) makes for happier workplaces
May 29 – June 2: THE ART OF EMPATHY & LISTENING, by Sam Mednick
Why is it so hard to listen?
In June our challenge weeks will focus on entrepreneurial bootstrapping.
June 5-9: BECOMING UNSTUCK, by Jason Little
Three entrepreneurial bootstrapping tips to get you ‘unstuck’
June 12-16: HOW TO LAUNCH A PRODUCT, by Vasco Duarte
How to launch a product in seven days
June 19-23: IMPROVING YOUR WORD PRESS WEBSITE, Hannu Heljala
Ten WordPress Tips to Improve your Website
In July, we’ll take you through a month of practical How-To’s.
July 3-7: HOW TO AVOID FRICTION, by Dov Tsal
How to avoid friction in your daily life
July 10-14: HOW TO MANAGE YOURSELF AS A GLOBAL SOLOPRENEUR, by Lisette Sutherland
Four ways to align your financial goals as a solopreneur
July 17-21: HOW TO TRUST YOURSELF, by Marjan Venema
How to trust yourself
July 24-28: HOW TO STOP THE BULLSH*T, by Tomas Kejzlar
How to Stop the Bullsh*t?
July 31-4 Aug: HOW TO MASTER THE ART OF PUBLIC SPEAKING, by Jennifer Riggins
How to master the art of public speaking
We’re giving you a challenge break in August. So rest up!
September 4-8: THE ART OF MEDITATION AND TAOISM, by Dov Tsal
Tao-Inspired Agility and meditation
September 11-15: APPRECIATING NATURE WITH HIKING, by Mila Sanchez
Hiking to Exchange Occupational Burnout for Happiness at Work
September 18-22: THE POWER OF EXPERIENCE, by Paula Cassin
How to motivate employees without any carrots or sticks
September 25-29: HAPPINESS THROUGH SOCIALIZING by Jason Little
How to navigate organizational social networks
In October our challenge weeks will focus on time organization and lifestyle balance
October 2-5: COMBATING WORKAHOLICM, by Tom Kejzlar
Dangers of workaholism and how to overcome them
October 9-13: BALANCE WORK AND KIDS, by Tahira Shameem
Can there be work-life balance for parents?
October 16-20: SIDE HOBBIES, by Marjan Venema
Can hobbies make you happier?
October 23-27: AGILE TO BALANCE WORK & FAMILY, by Loic Leofold
From WSJ to FIAF: Choosing your family activities in an agile happy way
October 30 – Nov 3: BRING YOUR PET TO WORK DAY, by Nick Mckenna
The Work-Life Blend
In November our challenge weeks will focus on Portfolio Careers
November 6-10: BENEFITS OF A PORTFOLIO CAREER, by Sam Mednick
Benefits of a portfolio career
November 13-17: PURPOSE AND CAREER CHANGE, by Rich Visotky
Change your job. Keep your why.
November 20-24: PORTFOLIO CAREERS, by Manja & Michael
A glimpse into a successful portfolio career
November 27 – Dec 1: THE SIDE HUSTLE, by Leanne
5 ways to turn your side hustle into a full-time gig
In December our challenge weeks will focus on Mentorship
December 4-8: HELPING COMMUNITIES AND DRIVING CHANGE WITHIN THEM, by Shanin Sheidaei
Try the community-driven approach for lasting change management
December 11-15: HOW DOES MENTORSHIP HACK AGILITY, by Loic Leofold
How can mentorship hack your agility and how can mentoring be more agile?
December 18-22: TBD, Tom Kejzlar
Mentoring or Co-piloting don’t make these mistakes
December 25-29: Holiday week off
Our 2016 Weekly Challenge Schedule
Each Happiness Challenge week will begin Thursday afternoon and run until the following Thursday. Each week is spearheaded by one or more Happy Melly members who will lead discussions and experiments around the theme.
Sept. 1-8, 2016: PURPOSE, led by Jurgen Appelo, founder of Management 3.0
Read the review of the week, including blog, podcast and video wrap-up here!
Sept. 8-15, 2016: BETTER COMMUNICATION, led by Sam Mednick & Jennifer Riggins, Happy Melly Team
You can still sign the Social Media Positivity Pledge! Read the review of the week, including blog, podcast and video wrap-up here!
Sept. 15-22, 2016: HAPPINESS AT WORK FROM ANYWHERE, led by Lisette Sutherland, founder of Collaboration Superpowers
Read four main reasons people choose remote work, listen to Sam interview Lisette in our podcast and learn how member Christian organizes a 100 percent remote software team.
Nov. 28-Dec. 5, 2016: THE ART OF GIVING, PART II, led by Patrick Verdonk, Sam Mednick & Jennifer Riggins, from the Happy Melly team
Read how random acts of kindness reflect company values. And sign up for our bimonthly newsletter and receive the ebook of Giving composed of stories of generosity shared by the Happy Melly community.
Dec. 19, 2016: Our Month of Giving & Trust’s Wrap-up Chat followed by our Members Only Holiday Party! We’re going to dress festively, play trust games and reflect on a great year of Happy Melly membership! AND DANCE!