NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 04/09/13 -- MEC North America, a leading media agency, today announced its "Inspiring Happiness" course, created to reinforce its commitment to developing and cultivating talent. Along with some of the world's most successful companies including Google, Zappos and most recently, Pfizer, MEC is at the forefront of a proven secret to business success: happy employees are more 'inspired' employees.
This past fall, MEC piloted a six-week training program, led by Helen Mumford Sole, an experienced executive coach and happiness expert, to teach employees skills and techniques to increase their levels of happiness. Born out of the staff's receptivity to an introduction of the 'happiness' concept, MEC partnered with Sole to create and test a curriculum allowing employees to develop, both personally and professionally. The course explored various facets of happiness from positive psychology, medical research, quantum physics and Eastern mysticism to the extensive world of the self-help movement, with the goal of cultivating employees' happiest selves. Some participants witnessed increased levels by as much as 32 percent by the end of the course. Follow-up courses are already being scheduled.
"In my experience, happier people have the ability to achieve extraordinary things in both work and in their personal lives. Our objective at MEC is to help our talent reap the benefits of a happier, more positive mindset, so that all our employees are equipped and empowered to achieve their goals," said Marla Kaplowitz, CEO of MEC North America. "This is a people business. And we feel strongly that MEC's talent and culture is very distinct and very powerful. We call it MECness. I am thrilled to extend this training as part of the agency's ongoing commitment to talent development and training, both personal and professional. The launch of this program has already shown concrete signs of driving success for the agency, and across our clients' businesses."
All MEC employees were encouraged to complete the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire -- considered the "gold" standard for measuring happiness -- prior to the start of the course to help determine who would benefit most from the course. Enrolled participants took the questionnaire again at the end of the course. Every single attendee was happier at the end of the course than they were at the beginning; one participant's happiness level revealed a massive 32 percent increase, with another three showing above 20 percent. The average happiness uplift for the entire class was 12 percent. Additional insights include:
•100% of participants found it useful or very useful •100% of participants enjoyed it very much or a lot •100% of participants would recommend this to their friends
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