The Happiness Conclave 2.0, a day-long conference organised by HRKatha- India’s leading HR News Portal, successfully concluded its second outing in Mumbai recently. A panel of 30 eminent speakers from varied sectors including IT, pharmacy, telecom, BFSI, FMCG, heavy industries and business conglomerates deliberated on finding a structured way to a happy culture at the workplace.
Giving the keynote address, Prabir Jha, Global Chief People Officer, Cipla said, “95% of all variance in Happiness at workplace can be attributed to characteristics of the leader. In today’s time, organisations have to prioritise well-being as a larger focus in order to transform and sustain their existence. Leaders must create “Happiness Bank” at work and connect it with the business strategy of the organisation, it cannot be guaranteed by policies.”
Architects of some of the leading organisations in India, including Deloitte, Amazon, Hewlett Packard, Mondelēz, McCann World Group along with Deputy Chief of Mission at Royal Danish Embassy and Professor of Organisational Behaviour Area, XLRI took part in the event.
Disclosing the secret recipe for happiness, Mette Ekeroth, Minister Counsellor & Deputy Head of Mission, Denmark in India said, “Denmark is one of the happiest countries primarily because Danes have a high degree of trust. At average work of 29 hours a week with 52 weeks paid parental leave, Danes not just enjoy a high level of work life balance but greater productivity too.”
Some of the prominent panel discussions included, “Finding happiness at Workplace 3.0, where humans and machines will work together” with the most important aspect that every organisation aims to achieve— its happiness. Be it happiness for customers or happiness for employees, an organisation cannot do without it.
The panellists discussed how happiness metric of an organisation can have serious impact on its bottom line and the need to make conscious efforts to drive happiness in the workplace – especially in times of intelligent machines changing the work environment.
“In its second outing, The Happiness Conclave worked with an agenda to set new standards for Workplace 3.0. Covering a wide range of topics such as ‘What makes a company a happy place to work‘ and ‘How senior leaders can build and maintain a high-performing and yet a happy work environment’, our aim was to present a holistic approach to the art of inspiring excellence and happiness with top leaders of the country.” Prajjal Saha, Founder and Editor, HR Katha.
A special engagement session by The Art of Living focused on spiritual aspects of Inner Happiness and how we can be happy with control on past impressions and future cravings.