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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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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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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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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
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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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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
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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
Anonymous completed this course.
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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“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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