Why Freedom at Work™
We have just celebrated our 30th anniversary and, for the last 25 years, we have based how we work on Freedom at Work principles. People work best when they are doing something they are good at and have the freedom and trust to do it to the best of their ability. We know that creating happy workplaces, based on that mastery and autonomy (combined with purpose) lead to more productive and innovative environments – and to greater profitability. 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 able to get the life balance they want. Imagine they are valued according to the work that they do, rather than the number of hours they spend at their desk. Wouldn’t you want to work there? That is the environment we are seeking to create at Happy. One crucial element is the role of the manager. We believe that role is to coach rather than tell. We know that the manager can make a huge difference to people’s wellbeing and to their performance, so we let people choose their manager. That simple step has the potential to improve motivation, improve wellbeing, improve productivity and reduce staff turnover.
- Henry Stewart, Founder, Happy Ltd.