HappyWays Podcast | Happiness at Work | The art of loving your job, for employees and managers alike

The HappyWays podcast shares down-to-earth advice on crafting a better workday for yourself and the people at your workplace. Hosted by Jon Kjaer Nielsen, a veteran speaker and published author on happiness at work, this podcast will give you the insights to be happier at work. In the shows you'll hear findings from science as well as inspiring stories from individuals in organizations that have taken steps to create a happier and more successful workday. The podcast is relevant to anyone looking to improve on the quality of their workday by taking small steps that work. Managers, leaders and human resource professionals who want an alternative to the "usual suspects" of business books will also find the podcast useful and with specific actionable advice. Jon Kjaer Nielsen holds a Master of Science degree from the Technical University of Denmark, has a background in Human Resources and has been an independent consultant and speaker since 2006.
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Jun 22, 2016

It's summer, and your host is planning to go on vacation. In preparing for a month of riding Europe on his motorbike, Jon shares his approach to really taking time off and not working.

In this episode you'll hear though on:

- How to set things up so you can be away
- How to not work while away
- How to come back without instantly being on high alart and stressed.

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Jun 15, 2016

Part 2 in the series on productivity talks about procrastination and how we ofte get distracted from doing the important stuff... stuff like recording this episode! The show then moves on to cover how there is no longer a link between hours spent working and the results we create, and so adding more hours is not the answer to productivity.

Worrying and putting things off is another issue covered, and finally the show looks into the Eisenhower Method, or Matrix, and how we tend to spend too much or our time on urgent things, instead of dealing with the really important issues.

Books mentioned on the show:

Eat that frog, by Brian Tracy.

Rework, by Jason Fried from 37signals:

Please share your experiences or questions on productivity. Email Jon at:

Jun 8, 2016

This is part 1 in a series on personal productivity. For show notes and a text version, go to

Most people seem to be struggling with getting enough done, or with finding the right "work/life balance", and this topic has been of special internst to Jon over the years. In this episode Jon looks at a brief history of Time Management (read more in this article: and he establishes some fundamental principles that we must follow regarding the overload of work facing us, as well as our futile attemt to "get it all done".

The episode ends with an introduction on using a timer to increase your focus, and it asks the listener to reflect on how they're actually dong at work.

Mentioned on this episode:

Ray Cronise and the Thermogenics blog:

Steven Covey: “The 7 habits of highly effective people”:

David Allen: Getting Things Done:

One Minute Manager, by Ken Blanchard:

Pomodoro Technique:

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