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The Happiness At Work Week Manifesto


When people are happy, they are healthier, more vital, more cheerful, more social, and more successful.

For organisations, happier employees are more involved, more productive, more cooperative, more creative, and more innovative.

They are less likely to call in sick and there is a decreased chance they will experience burnout.

Happiness at work is about meaningful work, healthy relationships, development, and having fun.

Let us, as individuals, create workplaces that stimulate fun, appreciation, positive feedback, awesome challenges, trust, and meaningful results.

Let us, as employees, employers entrepreneurs, organisations, and especially as human beings work together to make happiness at work the norm and not the exception.

If we all take a step, we can make a big change.



Everybody wants to be happy. When we are happy at work, we are also likely to be happier in the rest of our life.

The movement believes that Happiness At Work should be on the list of top priorities of all organisations, big and small, national and international.

Happiness at Work should be a priority for all companies because this is good for employees.

When they are happy at work, they are better parents, friends, neighbours, they are more likely to give to charity and do volunteer work.

But also because science and business have shown that happy employees are more productive, flexible, resilient, and creative, make happier customers, and work better with their colleagues.

So let’s work together to make Happiness At Work the norm and not the exception.


Happiness At Work is a shared responsibility.

During Happiness At Work Week, we invite individuals and organisations to put the topic on the agenda and make the change to a happier workplace.

Happiness At Work Week (and the International Week Of Happiness At Work movement) is not owned by anyone, nor are there any rules or do’s and don’ts.

It is a Do-It-Yourself movement.

On this website, we want to share what's happening around Australia to support HAWW.


So, what can you do in your organisation?

  • invite an expert to give an inspirational talk over lunch and discuss what you can do;
  • organise a discussion about what makes you happy at work with colleagues;
  • talk to management about what they can do to make this a happier workplace;
  • start an initiative to give more positive feedback;
  • play a game to get to know each other better, like Personality Poker or the Choose Happiness at Work game;
  • organise drinks with your colleagues;
  • lunch together and not at your desk;
  • talk about your organisational culture and how you can make changes
  • write your team manifesto;
  • take up a Happiness at Work challenge during this week!

Download the Happiness at Work Week info pack for more information.


About the organisers of HAWW 2023 Australia

Beginning in 2018, this movement has spread around the world, and founding partners The Happy Workplace Group, Modern People, and HappinessCo, have picked up the baton for Australia.

The Happy Workplace Group

The Happy Workplace Group's purpose is to unleash the power of happiness by creating environments where people love to be through their mission to 'make work a happy place' resonates with the IWOHAW aim to make 'happiness at work the norm, not the exception.'

The Happy Workplace Group is uniquely positioned in Western Australia, their brands Felix Real Estate and Liberty Flexible Workspaces working side by side to cover the fixed and flexible commercial real estate market.

Modern People

Modern People are a collective of purpose-led specialists, facilitators, and coaches who are here to humanise the new world of work.

Modern People show you how to be a leading business that just happens to make an extraordinary impact on the world.

Happiness Co and the Happiness Co Foundation 

With our tailored programs, workshops, and private coaching Happiness Co can give you practical tools and strategies for finding happiness.

They do this through online programs, live workshops, and events and work with individuals, schools, and corporate teams, providing a platform to promote happiness, kindness, community, and contribution.



The International Week of Happiness at Work is a Dutch initiative. Maartje Wolff and Fennande van der Meulen came up with the idea at the end of 2017 and launched the first International Week of Happiness at Work in 2018, together with Martin Leroy from Argentina. Why? Because they believe that Happiness at Work is important. When employees are happy at work, they are better parents, better friends, and better community members. The world will be a better place if more people are happy at work. Maartje and Fennande wrote the Happiness at Work Manifesto, which reflects their beliefs on the topic. Read and sign the Manifesto here.

In 2018 the idea spread all over the world, in over 30 countries people joined, from Argentina to Hongkong, from Belgium to Denmark.