Hi, I’m Julie

And I am obsessed with happiness.

I am a business psychologist with 25 years experience of working with small companies, just like yours, to create even better places to work.

When your team are happy, they are; more creative, more productive, more loyal, learn faster, promote your business to others, make better decisions, are a pleasure to manage and happiness is contagious – it will reflect right back to you as a leader. Sounds good, right?

I can help you to develop a roadmap for business success, revisit your strategy and vision, create a positive culture where your team feel valued and appreciated, overcome recruitment challenges by standing out in a crowded market, micro-business marketing strategies, mentoring for new managers and leaders and can deliver almost every type of training you may need.

Are you ready to boost the happiness in your business? 

Click on the Get In Touch button below to tell me what is keeping you awake at night (business-wise 😊).

This is me with my childhood bestie. I am the one in the fabulous flowery trousers (that my Mum made for me).

I am not sure how old I was when I worked it out. I may have even been in my teens before I realised that my mum suffered from mental health issues. There may have been a bit of denial before I acknowledged it. Mental health was a big taboo back then, and I wasn’t sure how to help. 

I don’t want to wallow in sad memories, but I do vividly remember the day I discovered that depression could be hereditary. I remember deciding that I would do everything I could to protect my mental health and live a happy life.

It was probably quite good timing because I was at that challenging point in teenage life where you need to start making career decisions. I didn’t have a clear plan, but I decided that I would go to University to study Psychology, with the sole purpose of formulating a plan to ensure I lived a happy life. My Mum died just before I started University, which made me even more determined to pursue happiness.

After a 4 year undergrad, I progressed to an MSc in Occupational Psychology and then arrived on the job market keen to find a ‘happy’ job. Maybe I was a little naive, and maybe I have my sights set on a higher level of happiness than most people, my first proper jobs in retail management and financial advice were fine, but didn’t give me the happiness I was seeking. Nothing wrong with the jobs, they just didn’t provide what I was looking for.

Fast forward another couple of organisations and I was lucky enough to secure a job as a Training Consultant in one company where everything just worked. The communication was brilliant, I was totally clear on my role in helping to drive the company forward, I received training that greatly enhanced my personal skills, I felt valued and my colleagues loved being at work. It was brilliant! I was never going to leave… until the department I worked in was TUPE transferred to a different company, with a very different culture.

Again, nothing wrong with the company, but they didn’t have workplace happiness as a top priority. So I decided to draw on my previous experience and develop training for workplace happiness (which links nicely to financial success, so a pretty easy sell).

The leadership team were interested, however, they were under pressure with other competing priorities, so I found myself spending most of my time on compliance and procedural training. It just wasn’t making me happy. I decided it was time to leave and set up my own business where I could best use my workplace happiness training.

The workshop I offered in 2007 was very different to the one I deliver now. Over the past 12 years, I have repeatedly engaged with clients to discover what differentiates an employer as a ‘great place to work’ and nowadays I spend my time helping workplaces to become even better places to work – and what a happy job that is!

I know that when you walk into work in the morning and immediately feel uplifted, suddenly everything about your business becomes easier.

And I always have a happy side hustle on the go – I have learned how to monetise what I love doing in my spare time – I have developed a programme to teach people how to do that too.

I really believe that I am changing the world, one business at a time.

I’ve made desire for happiness my life’s project.

It’s always a work in progress of course.

In times of stress, we can all slip. But the power is in recognising a lower mood and taking steps to get back into an upward spiral.

I believe that your parents show you ‘how to be’ and ‘how not to be’. I know if my Mum had been able to choose happiness, she would have. We all would. It is what every human being wants – and yet not all workplaces are focusing on happiness, yet…

I want to change that.