Jan 29, 2021
I am very happy to introduce my guest, Aoife O’Brien.
Aoife is a Happiness at Work expert.
She is passionate about ‘fit’ and specifically how creating the right environment can help individuals to reach their full potential and support organizations to thrive.
Before launching her own business, Happier at Work, Aoife had a successful 17 years career in the corporate world, working with global companies like Coca Cola, Unilever and Heinz to solve marketing problems using data analytics.
Her clients are primarily HR and business leaders, and they hire Aoife for speaking engagements, training workshops, and consultancy programs (including People Analytics).
Aoife hosts the podcast “Happier at Work” showcasing with her global guests methods to improve employee retention, engagement and performance.
She has lived and worked in Dublin, London, Perth, and Sydney and has a MSc in Work and Organisational Behaviour.
It was very insightful to talk with Aoife as her and my focus overlap in the future of work aspect of employment. While Aoife looks at workplace fit from many different angles including flexible work, my focus is all about flexible work – from who it benefits to the different types and more. Together we aim to create more inclusive and diverse work environments leading to more employee retention and better financial results.
How to reach Aoife:
What we spoke about today:
3:30 Aoife’s corporate career
4:34 Research findings from her master’s thesis “Fitting in at Work: How needs satisfaction explains the relationship between fit and work outcomes”.
8:12 Further insights about thesis: Trust as a crucial aspect of work
16:08 Flexible work and how this leads to more gender equality
23:17 How flexible work helps with needs satisfaction
30:46 Interesting management concept at Happy company: Choose your own manager & manager as coach
37:58 Meeting employees needs during covid19
43:13 Creating more male role models as carers
Previous episodes that were mentioned in this episode:
Tiina Bruno, founder of Parentsmart Employer: https://emilyspath.ca/job-sharing-and-beyond-episode-21-tiina-bruno/
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang: Author of the book "Shorter": https://emilyspath.ca/job-sharing-and-beyond-episode-19-alex-soojung-kim-pang/
Prof. Dr. Eleonore Soei-Winkels: https://emilyspath.ca/job-sharing-and-beyond-episode-13-prof-dr-eleonore-soei-winkels/
Charlotte Lockhart, CEO of the 4 Day Week Global: https://emilyspath.ca/job-sharing-and-beyond-episode-6-charlotte-lockhart/
Nina Strassner, Head of D&I at SAP Germany: https://emilyspath.ca/jobsharing-and-beyond-episode-4-nina/
Articles that were mentioned in this episode:
German Co-CEO Rubin Ritter steps down to focus on wife's career while doing care work for firstborn and soon to-be-born second child. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-12-10/ceo-to-forgo-potential-112-million-bonus-to-back-wife-s-career
Nasdaq: In the recent G7-EU WEPs (Women's Empowerment Principles) award ceremony "A special recognition went to Nasdaq for its new proposed listing requirements on board diversity and greater transparency." https://www.weps.org/event/2020-g7-eu-weps-award-winners-announced
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