Chief of Cheerfulness Ninja or VP of Wow at work? That's right...

There's a new thinking that is centered around engineering happiness in the workplace to optimise on workers' potential.

Workers can take on roles such as 'Chief of Cheerfulness Ninja' or 'Vice President of Wow' and other interesting titles.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to Happiness Engineer, Kerstin Jatho, and industrial psychologist, Fredie Crous, about the subject.

Listen to the interview below:

I think it's more shifting the mindset in the organisations and making them happy from a cultural point of views as well as the teams.

Kerstin Jatho, Happiness Engineer

You want to reduce the cost of misery at work because there is a cost to it and it's expensive.

Kerstin Jatho, Happiness Engineer

You need to understand what the organisation wants to change, why they want to change it and where they want to go.

Kerstin Jatho, Happiness Engineer

You need to understand what the long-term goal is here instead of making it a trendy and fun thing.

Kerstin Jatho, Happiness Engineer

Professor of Industrial Psychology believes that there is a culture of suppressing the inner-child at work, which affects their ability to tap into their creativity.

We are too serious at work. We need more creativity and innovation at work, people who are playful and flexible with a sense of wonder.

Prof Freddie Crous, University of Johannesburg

Work is work and fun is what you do after work. But there is an idea that work can be fun and we can find meaning and joy at work.

Prof Freddie Crous, University of Johannesburg

There's definately a link between being happy and satisfied at work and being productive.

Prof Freddie Crous, University of Johannesburg

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