The Trust is officially the happiest workplace in the UK.

IMG 1244 L To R Bertie Van Wyk Of Sponsor Herman Miller Francesca Scott And Rob Smith Of The Outward Bound Trust And Stephanie Davies Of LaughologyWe are thrilled to announce that The Outward Bound Trust is officially the happiest workplace in the UK. Winners were honoured at the Laughology Happiness Awards 2016 in November 2016. The Trust scooped three awards on the night as Rob Smith an Outward Bound® instructor from Aberdovey was declared the UK’s happiest employee with Martin Cooper, Head of Centre at Ullswater taking second place as the UK's happiest leader.

The awards recognised the happiest businesses, organisations, workers, schools and teachers in Britain. They are the first of their kind to be held in Britain and were staged by consultancy Laughology and backed by NatWest.

The happiest workplace and happiest employee categories both had over 100 entrants and The Trust were the only business to have finalists in both categories. The panel of judges were impressed by our approach to placing happiness at the heart of work life, describing us as an amazing and inspiring place to work. Rob was chosen as the winner in the happiest employee category for his boundless enthusiasm, sense of humour and for the efforts he takes to inspire the young people he leads.

Francesca Scott, Head of People Strategy at The Trust, said: “We are over the moon because we've worked really hard to make The Outward Bound Trust somewhere where people really want to come and work. There were some amazing businesses shortlisted for the awards so it was a tremendous achievement to win.”

Rob SmithRob Smith (pictured left) said: “It means a huge amount to win. The job I do is about inspiring young people and giving them opportunities to potentially do things they’ve never done before. This award isn’t about me, it’s about the fantastic organisation I am privileged to be a part of. I am certainly honoured to have won the award.”

Martin Cooper, Head of Centre at Ullswater said: “Whilst our work can be quite serious because we're looking after the safety of young people, it's also a vocational experience, so I think we should find it fun and there should always be time for laughter within the daytime as well as the serious work that we do.”

The Laughology Happiness Awards 2016 were launched by learning and development consultancy Laughology, which uses the psychology of happiness and humour to help people and organisations develop and improve. They recognise the increasing importance that happiness plays in business and education. They honour organisations and individuals who put happiness at the heart of what they do.

The awards were sponsored by Herman Miller and Crown House Publishing and were also supported by government happiness adviser Sir Anthony Seldon, who said: “The awards are important because they recognise that happiness is not just a nebulous concept. It is a vital component in the human condition that needs to be encouraged and nurtured in all areas of life.”

Laughology founder and CEO, Stephanie Davies, said: “Our winners and all our finalists have been amazing. The awards are our way of recognising and honouring those in the UK who, like us, are making the world a better place through happiness. I’ve been blown away by the reaction to the first ever Happiness Awards. They have captured the imagination of people and organisations across the UK and they prove that both business and education take happiness seriously.”

You can read more about the awards on Laughology's website.