Happiness is good for everyone, so we’ve created FridayOne — an individual Happiness
Test — to help you reflect on how happy you are at work. It scores you
against our Five Ways to Happiness at Work and benchmarks you against
your peers. But, most important of all, this five-minute test gives
you a personalised report packed with insights and tips.
A window and a mirror into your work life
With pandemic fatigue and burnout on the near horizon, it’s important to take a step back and take
care of yourself. We wanted to create a test that could help you
evaluate how to improve your work life. The test had to not only be fun
and informative but also psychometrically robust and useful. On top of
that, we wanted to be sure we could provide you with immediate insight.
FridayOne is our self-reflection tool that works on the individual
level. It acts as both a window and a mirror into your work life. As a
mirror, it reflects back to you how happy you are at work. As a window,
it gives you new ways of seeing how you can improve your work life.
Some of you may have completed one (or more) of the popular free
personality tests. While they are fun, they tend to suffer from an
intrinsic flaw: our personalities are not fixed. In different settings
or times of day or year, we take on different personas. Think about how
you can be a “different” person at work than when you’re out
socialising. That makes defining a personality a difficult challenge.
Statistically, we know that your results can change significantly
depending on the mood you’re in when you take the test, as well as where
you’re taking it.
Context defines how we express ourselves. FridayOne is designed to work
with a single context in mind: your work life.
Context can change your test scores
Yet, even narrowing the scope to focus on your work life, we know that
test results are only a snapshot in time. That means when the context
changes, your scores will change as well.
Our tool looks at your interactions with your team, your role and your
organization. These variables are always changing, and there are many
different combinations that affect your happiness at work. For instance,
you may be a bad fit for a role but enjoy the team you’re working with.
You may have a good role but dislike your organisation. You may love
your company’s purpose but have problems with its culture.
The only thing that remains constant in these changing contexts is YOU.
You bring yourself to work including your strengths, skills, ambitions
and past experiences. The truth is that all of us have the potential to
thrive, or not, in different jobs and different workplaces.
FridayOne will help you identify how you are doing right now in your
How the FridayOne self-reflection test works
The Five Ways to Happiness at Work
Like the Friday Pulse platform, we’ve based FridayOne on our Five Ways
to Happiness at Work. This psychometrically-robust model allows us to
look at happiness at work through five drivers. Here’s a quick summary
of what they are:
- Connect: Friendships. Laughter. A sense of belonging. Connect is
about team relationships, inter-team cooperation, and friendships at
- Be Fair: Flexibility. Appreciation. Space for life outside of
work. Fairness is about respect, appreciation and work-life
- Empower: Trust. Delegate. The opportunity to
self-organise. Empowerment at work is about using your strengths,
being yourself and influencing decisions.
- Challenge: Stretch. Enjoyment. Setting realistic
expectations. Challenge at work is about being able to be creative,
receive useful feedback and learning new things.
- Inspire: Pride. Purpose. Being part of a bigger
picture. Inspire is about how we feel about the work we do and
whether we believe that our organizations do something worthwhile.
During the course of the test, you’ll answer questions that address each
of the Five Ways. You’ll then be asked some broad questions about your
occupation and demographics so we can benchmark you against your peers.
Once completed, you can download your results.
Note: If you’re trying to track whether your situation has improved,
you may want to retake the test in a few months’ time.
Reflecting on your results
Once you’ve taken the test, the following questions may help you reflect
on your results:
What surprises you the most?
Or in other words, what are you aware of now? And, why are you
surprised? Often these are things that we may have suspected and been
unable to articulate. It’s ok if the numbers are surprising. It’s not a
condemnation of you or your work. Remember that it’s a mirror, a look at
where you are now.
How might you influence your lowest scores?
Ideally, we hope that FridayOne is a tool that can help you improve your
work situation. In that light, it’s important to think about the things
you can improve. When looking at your lowest scores, consider if they
are things you can change or things you actually want to change.
Before making changes, think about who can help you on this journey. Do
you have friends or mentors that can help? These are significant choices
that will affect our experience of the place we spend most our time in
as working adults.
Do you stop and reflect on the things that you have done?
Using the tool is the beginning of a learning feedback loop that can
help you reflect and improve. Ultimately, the whole point of the tool is
to draw your attention to what is working well in your working life and
Because of negative bias, we have a tendency to focus on what’s going
wrong rather than
what’s going well in our lives. So, don’t forget to celebrate your wins.
Enjoy them. As you’re reflecting, consider how you can further play to
your strengths, not just coach your weakness.
FridayOne and Friday Pulse
FridayOne is a snapshot of how you’re doing at a specific moment in
time. But, if you’re ready to take workplace happiness seriously,
Friday Pulse can help. Designed to track employee, team and
organizational happiness, our people platform asks employees how they
feel at work, giving senior leaders real-time insights into how
individuals and teams are faring.
Right now, as COVID-19 weariness continues and many organizations are
still experiencing a decline in employee wellness, we are offering
companies and teams (50+ employees) free access to our people platform
months.* For more information on how we can support your
organisation please reach out to us today.
*Offer ends midnight Thursday 31 December 2020.