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Happier Employees and Return-On-Investment Course

The University of Texas at Austin via edX

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Overview

How is career success related to happiness and vice versa? Most of us believe that career success leads to happiness. In fact, however, scientific evidence suggests that the reverse is even more true: happiness leads to career success. For example, one study found that the top 20% of the happiest people earned 32% more salary than least happy 20%.

In this short 4-week course, co-taught by award winning professors Raj Raghunathan (author of ‘If you’re so smart, why aren’t you happy?’, and instructor for one of ‘Top 50 MOOCs of all-time’) and Marshall Goldsmith (world-famous CEO coach and author of ‘What got you here won’t get you there’), you will learn about 5 main topics:

a. Why does happiness at work matter?

b. What are the 5 most important determinants of happiness at work?

c. What is holding me back from feeling happy and fulfilled at work?

d. What can I do to enhance my own happiness levels at work?

e. What can I do to enhance the happiness of my coworkers?

In addition to learning about these topics, your happiness levels will improve significantly and, in the process, you’ll be on your way to a more meaningful and successful career.

Syllabus

• Week 1, Module 1
a. ROI of happiness: how happiness leads to greater success & more profits
b. Measuring your happiness @ work (1st happiness measurement)
c. Overview of the determinants of happiness at work—The ‘BAMBA’ model

• Week 1, Module 2
a. Why is fulfillment of ‘Basic needs’ at work important?
b. The 3 domains and 9 subdomains of Basic needs at work
c. Measuring your Basic Needs at work
d. Fulfilling Basic needs at work: 3 things you can do for yourself
e. Fulfilling Basic needs at work: 3 things you can do for your coworkers

• Week 2, Module 3
a. Why is fulfillment of ‘Autonomy’ at work important?
b. The 3 domains and 9 subdomains of Autonomy at work
c. Measuring Autonomy at work
d. Gaining autonomy at work: 3 things you can do for yourself
e. Gaining Autonomy at work: 3 things you can do for your coworkers

• Week 2, Module 4 & Week 3, Module 5
a. Why is fulfillment of ‘Mastery’ at work important?
b. The 3 domains and 9 subdomains of Mastery at work
c. Measuring Mastery at work
d. Gaining Mastery at work: 3 things you can do for yourself
e. Gaining Mastery at work: 3 things you can do for your coworkers
f. Happiness measurement (2nd)

• Week 3, Module 6
a. Why is fulfillment of ‘Belonging’ at work important?
b. The 3 domains and 9 subdomains of Belonging at work
c. Measuring Belonging at work
d. Fulfilling Belonging at work: 3 things you can do for yourself
e. Fulfilling Belonging at work: 3 things you can do for your coworkers

• Week 4, Module 7
a. Why is fulfillment of ‘Abundance orientation’ at work important?
b. The 3 domains and 9 subdomains of Abundance culture at work
c. Measuring Abundance at work
d. Gaining Abundance orientation: 3 things you can do for yourself
e. Fostering Abundance culture: 3 things you can do for your coworkers
f. Happiness measurement (3rd and final)

Taught by

Raj Raghunathan, Sandrine Muller, Marshall Goldsmith and Ahsan Vency

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Ronny W
by Ronny completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
An excellent course for everyone who wants to improve their happiness at work or as a leader improve the happiness of their employees. The BAMBA model being introduced provides the main domains and subdomains that contribute to happiness at work, both from the employee's perspective as from the organisation's...
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Anonymous
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I had previously taken the other course A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment by Prof Raj. I took this course from the viewpoint of an Employer as I wanted to learn ways to make my Employees happier. I learnt a lot by participating, hearing from other participants and putting myself in my employees shoes. I really do think that they are happier from the new changes I implemented. I hope that in the future there could be a program/ course specifically for Employers. I highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to improve their happiness in their jobs or perhaps as I did, peek into the thoughts and feelings of one's employees to try and be a better boss.
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Donna L
by Donna completed this course.
This is probably the best online course I have taken, in that I was challenged to learn gratitude, humility, and my view of the world. I learned how to show gratitude and appreciation. I learned how to see the positive around me and utilize it. I would highly recommend this course to all.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This course offers a useful description of, and a prescription for, inter-subjective well-being at work. If pursued by a critical mass, it can lead to the discovery and unleashing of an organization's group-soul.
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Anonymous
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This course is really great. Not only the content and the practice but also it's presented in a funny way that makes the experience invaluable.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
The course is really good and moves fast. I got some really good tips on how to increase my own happiness and also happiness of others. Some of the tips/items that I really found valuable for

- Debbie Downer Section: It was good to hear it being called explicitly and the tips to avoid it.

- Self-compassion: This time around, this one hit hard for me.

- Trusting others more than what I would do.

Usually, I am not a fan of online course but the modules in this course are short, you can listen to them at 1.5X and Raj and his team actually make this fun. I found myself chucking quite a few times.

This course is good for people who have not taken other self-help courses and even better for people who have because it re-inforces some of the key foundational items.

THANK YOU, RAJ and Team.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This course helped me to better understand needs of employers and employees to gain a higher level of happiness. Not only to realise a better quality of life but also to realise a higher profitability. The mix of video's, assessments, reviews and literature, from a global perspective makes this course interesting for people all over the world.

Since I work in education as a coach and teacher (Fontys University in the Netherlands and in Cape Town SA) and as an advisor for companies on vocational rehabilitation and happiness (in the Netherlands, Bewegen Werkt) I can use my new knowledge and experience for students, colleagues as well as company's and their employees.

Perfect follow-up of A Life of Happiness and Fulfilment! Thanks Raj!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
A wonderful course. In order to get self motivation and discipline in life this course is a must course. The course will definitely change your mind-set that the happier employee increases your productivity.

The course is not a one way teaching but it also engaged its learner in a very effective manner. They have developed a website which engage participants. The activates definitely changed my daily routines which were badly affecting my routine life.

If you are a manager and you take this course with mindfulness the impact will be positive on your department or organization.

Cheers and be happy.
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Anonymous
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There is a chronic problem with the heroic website. When I am doing the program through the EDX site for all exercises we have to go to the heroic website and I was not as to do that at all because of some technical issue which their team were not responding and correcting. I lost all interest as I have wasted hours trying to log in. I was upset with the professionalism of heroic team and why this complication of constantly going to heroic website when we are doing the course through EDX. Why all can not be in one place.
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Anonymous
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I´m still doing the course though I started some time ago. Since the beginning, I´ve passed through many situations that have prevented I finished but at the same time, learning has helped me to cope with obstacles and drives me to a happier experience.

I´m enjoying the course and I´ve bought the book, so I can say I´m living on a "life of happiness and fulfillment" comradeship. I´m flowing with it. Isn´t it one of the goals? - Elena. Spain-
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Paco C
Paco is taking this course right now.
Before this course I finish ALOHAF, another course with Dr. Raghunathan and I read his book.

When I met this course, which was also Marshall Goldsmith as a teacher and my interest in being able to transfer these teachings to organizations, all this prompted me to start it.

I am very satisfied with the development of the course, the methodology, the books recomended and the simple but powerful practices that it proposes.
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Shivani K
Shivani is taking this course right now, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
If you have been given the opportunity of managing a team at work, this course is great at two levels. 1. It will help you become happier as an employee; 2. It will help you keep your employees happier at work.

Easy to comprehend and some very doable actionable make this course very worthy of the time and effort spent. I would recommend this for everyone in the corporate sector.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
So many great points from this class! I took ample notes, and some things that really stuck out:

-La Bamba (it does take 2 to tango!)

-we need to be able to bring our full selves to work

-let us personalize our own workspace (totally agree with this one)-in relation to the three domains of autonomy

-belonging at work, and creating a culture of recognition
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I find this course so interesting! I can hardly wait to get home to continue with it. Somedays I felt discouraged, but the activities forced me to look deaper and in the end I always felt better!

Thank you so much for sharing you knowledge and insight with us.
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I find this course so interesting! I can hardly wait to get home to continue with it. Somedays I felt discouraged, but the activities forced me to look deaper and in the end I always felt better!

Thank you so much for sharing you knowledge and insight with us.
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Anonymous
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An excellent course for both individuals and the employers. It comprises of highly engaging videos with enriching content, easy to understand and digest. The happiness activities are interesting and watching Raj and Marshall in the videos is an absolute delight!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
“This course is superb!, plenty of activities and scales to improve and measure your happiness levels, based on scientific evidence, and supported by a kind and lovely community all over the world, highly reccomended!”.

Penny
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Алексей А
Алексей completed this course.
This course is well reasearched and focuses both what employees and leadership team has to do to improve happiness levels at work. It also helps understand why either one has to bother.
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Anonymous
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I wish the course was still accessible. I didn’t get to finish with the holiday crazy schedule. I enjoyed the part of the course that I completed.
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Awesome course! The videos were enjoyable. I learned several tips that could be implemented immediately. I wish the content was accessible forever!
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