SXSW 2020

Shiny Happy People: 5 Ways to Wellbeing at Work


10 years ago, the UK Government’s Office for Science commissioned the New Economics Foundation (NEF) to identify evidence-based actions to improve personal wellbeing. After an extensive review of the scientific and economic literature, NEF identified 5 actions that improve wellbeing: Connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give.

These actions can also be seen at the center of strategies that have been adopted by employers around the world to improve the mental health and happiness of their employees. This session will focus on the business and moral case for investment into workers' happiness and wellbeing and provide practical examples of how both large and small employers can develop evidence-based strategies for improving happiness focused on the 5 action areas.

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  1. In developed countries, what actions have been shown to make us happy and improve our mental health? And what is the evidence behind those actions?
  2. Why should Government, communities and employers invest in the mental wellbeing of the workforce? What is the economic, social and business case?
  3. What successful strategies are being used by employers to promote wellbeing? How can we use the 5 areas as a framework for our own wellbeing?


  • Shrupti Shah, Managing Director, Deloitte
  • James Guszcza, Chief data scientist, Deloitte


Shrupti Shah, Managing Dir, Deloitte

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Presentation
  • Track: Workplace
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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