OIGP 5th Annual Future of Work Is Now Study



Lunchtime Friday and I’m Happy! Why?

“Freedom to Be Happy” – the business case for Happiness is a new book by Matthew Phelan has landed.

I’m having the traditional cup of tea and a purple snack after my lunch and smiling at the fun and engaging way Matt has written this book.

Matt has been able to capture so many diverse global insights into the Neuroscience of Happiness in our Life, Work, Career and Business.

I got the opportunity to contribute to the book on Happiness in Your Career and will be joining Matt on his global book tour when he has his Dublin Book launch with Margot Slattery on December 2nd.

If you have 30 minutes to spare, Matt will be well worth a listen and you can register for the book launch here.

The book is timely after a tough 2020 for many and a great Christmas gift for Business Leaders to offer to their people and remind us all on what really makes us happy:)

Through our Partnership with Matt’s business the The Happiness Index we use the latest in AI technology to help our clients understand how their people are feeling which has been so powerful during Covid.



Report – Towards a Reskilling Revolution



Report – OIGP Future of Work Report 2019



Podcast – Career Happiness with John Fitzgerald

Matthew Phelan recently interviewed me for his Happiness and Humans podcast. We got around to lots including the impact of his Irish Mam and my Mam on our lives.

And what makes me happy in my life and my career and what I’m missing as we get through Covid.


Everybody Wins

I just want to share an inspiring story about how Covid has changed an old friend’s life for the better.

Pre Covid, he would spend 3 hours commuting in his car daily! He used to get up at 5:45am, he and his wife both worked outside the house, they have 3 kids under 10. When he got home each evening it was after 7pm, he was drained and it was soon bed time for the kids. Weekends were catch up times while he tried to refresh for another week’s slog.

Each year he would overdo work, run down his immune system leaving himself open to bouts of the flu.

He now works remotely and he is a changed man. He has a short morning spin to his mother’s house where has set up a home office, the house where he grew up.

His Mam lives alone and is delighted to have him back. They share different stories from his on-line meetings over “cup of tea breaks”. It’s has perked her up no end he says. His kids also get to spend time with their Grandmother.

He describes the move to Remote Work as a Watershed Moment. He is now able to walk by the sea and listen to a podcast each evening in peace. When he is home, he has so much energy now.

It was great to hear from him and how he has remodelled his life to work for him and his family.

His new Life Motto is “Everybody Wins

News Webinar

The Toolkit to Build Resilience – HR at the Heart

John Fitzgerald’s recent webinar talks to what we are all feeling during these unprecedented times. He speaks about “words makes worlds” and what impact those words are having on our internal condition. Will the Change Models of the past help us in HR and Change Management in the Future? It’s not to be missed!



Words make Worlds

“Strange times isn’t it, ah sure when will we get back to normal at all?”

I am struck by the now typical greeting when I meet someone I know in the supermarket.

“Words make worlds” and we as a human race are struggling to come to terms with the new reality.

The New Pandemic Words to enter our vocabulary are those of restriction, isolation, detachment and dependency. These words trigger survival emotions such as fear, anger and sadness which flood our systems with cortisol. Fight or flight is a temporary reaction to escape immediate danger. This extended lockdown is impacting the mental state of the world. This pandemic may be seen not only as the start of a global economic depression but also a rapid increase in mental depression but we have a choice

In the Pre-Pandemic World, it was normal to hug your nearest and dearest. I miss giving my elderly mother a hug and she does too. We have survived as humans for centuries by forming tribes and building a strong sense of social connection, joy and trust which trigger neurochemicals such as serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin.

Our environment impacts our emotional state but we all have choices which I share on this recent webinar. Watch the video




#MayDay Alert

How many of you feel you are sinking deeper each week and wonder when will this be over?

As #Lockdown continues, I found three things that have really worked for me.

1 – Morning exercise routine. The first week I felt at sea and my rhythm and routine had been disrupted. So I started an exercise routine each morning, just 30 minutes to get my head right for the day. Then into a shower, breakfast and ready for the day ahead.

2 – Engaged a Coach. I found my head racing with many different thoughts and needed to still my mind. I am now having a one hour Zoom call each week with my coach to refocus, refresh and relax.

3 – Tuning in and feeling grateful. I have been able to spend alot more time with my family. I am learning to listen more to what they are really saying and investing more time to just be, rather than do, do, do. I am tuning into the different birds singing in my back garden, to nature as Spring transitions into Summer.

And when this is all over, I hope to look back and say, I have grown, I have learned and I have listened.

#Mayday is an alert that we need help from others to survive. From experience, we often leave it too late to ask for help. Maybe its a time to tune into yourself and seek what help you need to thrive through #Covid



A Radically Disrupted Future by John Fitzgerald

Click below to read John’s Article “A Radically Disrupted Future”