The HappyHQ

Our methodology is rooted in the latest social science theories and applications in workplace happiness. It’s built from evidence-based models taken from positive psychology, many ideas and successes from today’s positive culture pioneers,
as well as a lot of common sense.

HappyHQ’s Culture Model

Our approach is built on 8 principles informed by all the things that matter the most. Together, they provide a framework for creating a positive and thriving company culture.

01. Wellbeing

Look after the health and wellbeing of your people. Encourage balance and flexibility. Be a positive force.

02. Purpose

Contribute to the wider good with a purpose that’s bigger than your service or products. Be meaningful and sustainable.

03. Communication

Encourage open dialogue and active listening. Make sure people’s voices and ideas are heard and valued.

04. Leadership

Hire leaders who inspire, mentor and support teams to connect and collaborate to achieve great things.

05. Connection

Act like a community. Be human. Connect often for meaningful relationships. Laugh lots. Celebrate successes, big and small.

06. Empowerment

Give people ownership, trust, and tools to learn new skills, be successful and thrive

07. Appreciation

Make sure people feel valued and appreciated for their contributions. Make it personal and meaningful.

08. Place

Be inclusive, respectful and encourage a sense of community and belonging.

The HappyHQ approach:



A 1–2-hour session discussing/benchmarking your current HR systems, processes, and policies. Here we start to identify where improvements could be made and where HHQ can add value and fill in any gaps. 



Every team member completes a 30–45-minute online culture audit where we gather everyone’s individual thoughts, insights, and ideas for improvement. The audit covers 70 culture-essential topics across HappyHQ’s 8 core principles. 



All data and findings are collated and analysed by our team. These actionable insights shape your company’s culture goals. Our approach is refreshingly personal, thorough, and human to ensure each culture goal is tailored to your company and its exact needs. 



We present your Culture Report, which includes your culture scores, main insights/findings and recommended culture goals in an easily digestible format. The design-led content is created as a sharable planning tool for you and your team(s). 



We work with you for as little or as much as you need to ensure that positive change happens.  And when the time’s right, we’ll happily reassess all your culture scores to measure and validate success. 

The HappyHQ approach combines deep insights into the psychology of wellbeing with expertise in how to help employees become happier and more productive.

Maria Gardner,
Business Psychologist 


Culture audit

Designed to provide a positive user-experience. Comprehensive yet engaging. Easy to navigate. Over 30 culture-essential topics covered. Gaining data and insight from everyone. Positively framed and jargon free.

Culture report

An in-depth, yet easily digested report. The design-led content is created as a sharable planning tool for you and your team(s). Like the audit, it’s also positively framed and jargon free.