Is this the world's best job? Woman is appointed Head Of Happiness

Published Wednesday, Apr 9 2014, 21:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
It's always nice to make someone smile – but imagine if you got paid to do it?

Although it seems unlikely, this is Nicola Parvin's actual job - as she has recently been given the role Head Of Happiness.

The 28-year-old is officially responsible for ensuring that over 200 people at education business company SuperStars are full of joy and cheer while at work.

When Nicola applied for the job, it was advertised as an "engagement manager" role but she explained that: "Internally they knew all along they wanted the job title to be Head of Happiness."

Happy people at work

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But what exactly does it involve? Since starting, Nicola has started up an employee engagement survey, where staff have their say in the future of the business. She's also responsible for all face-to-face appraisals.

Although this sounds rather similar to HR, the happy maker also organises social events for the company - where the team can let their hair down and are thanked for their hard work.

She detailed that: "We put on hospitality events a couple of times a year. The team don't get to see other a lot so it is really important for us to put on these events and get to know each other."

James Taylor, who set up the Wales-based company, decided to create the role after he researched employee engagement.

He said to Wales Online: "The role is making an impact. People are your biggest asset and it is about investing in those people to give them what they need and the environment they need to thrive in."

Nicola also added: "The value in having that personal touch and being able to relate to people on a human level is really important."

We can't wait to see if other companies take on this idea - happy people sounds good to us!

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