Director of Potential – Siobhán Hanley
Siobhán's passionate purpose is to help individuals realise their value and potential at, and through, work; and to support organisations in creating workforce synergy and flourishing, successful workplaces.
Siobhán Hanley’s title of ‘Director of Potential’ sums up her mission and drive. She is the founder and owner of Work Wellbeing, a Wellington-based workplace consultancy, whose key message is that ‘Work Matters’ and that (positive) ‘People Focus’ brings great results. Siobhán is passionate about people fully realising their potential. She believes that work can, and should, be the best expression of oneself, where one finds meaning and adds value. She believes in workplaces where individual potential and value is realised collectively to bring workforce synergy, which in turn brings fulfilment, growth and success to all.
Siobhán is an accredited strengths profiler and uses positive psychology principles and tools in her consultancy services to bring about her vision and mission. She has decades of experience as a transformation catalyst across many sectors, and in many capacities, but always as a leader, motivator and energiser.
She is an accredited mentor and a long-time coach. Her law and business background and organisational development focus, provide a solid platform for delivering successful solutions to clients. She brings positivity, inspiration and vision together with a dash of fun and a lot of passion. Originally a native of County Cork in Ireland, Siobhán is now a ‘kiwi’ and is proud to call 'absolutely, positively, Wellington' home.
Numerous global reports confirm that the way we currently work appears broken. We seem to be perpetually at crisis level, with glaring headlines shouting of: increased staff turnover; active disengagement; serious burnout; increased conflict; poor customer service; drastically reduced productivity; and so on. So, where to from there?
The glue of the Work Wellbeing Way is meaningful connection, created through relationships that are authentic and values-driven. Values are powerful drivers of how we think and behave; tell us what is good and bad, right and wrong; help with decision-making. Values are the lifeblood of the Work Wellbeing Way, they include:
Gratitude | Respect | Appreciation | Compassion | Encouragement |
Friendship | Forgiveness | Humility | Love | Service
We have developed the Work Wellbeing Way as the framework for how individuals and organisations can apply powerful principles and tools that bring meaning and fulfilment to work and workplaces. The aim is to ensure thriving, flourishing people and entities.
At the heart of the Work Wellbeing Way is the concept of mutuality and interdependence.
Work success through People | People success through Work
Successful enterprise is reliant on good people for great results; and people need work to help them stretch and grow.
The Work Wellbeing Way is about ensuring a quality experience of work which motivates staff to perform to their full potential and deliver great results.
At an individual level, this means understanding and knowing themselves and what’s important to them. At leadership level, it’s about being authentic and values-driven and being accountable for getting the best from their people. At the organisational level, it is about creating and sustaining environments that encourage and support.
Fundamentally, The Work Wellbeing Way is about energising and motivating people irrespective of titles. This happens when people: know and grow their strengths; have suitably challenging and meaningful work; are supported and appreciated; have great relationships and social connections. The outcome is a confident and resilient workforce that collaborate creatively and positively for the good of their organisation.
The Work Wellbeing Way creates:
Work that is fulfilling, empowering and meaningful
Workers that are autonomous, committed contributors
Workforces that are agile, connected communities
Workplaces that are positive, dynamic and respectful
We believe that work wellbeing is the way - that it will be the difference-maker and the game-changer in creating new sustainable ways of working. Our confidence comes from the fact that work wellbeing draws heavily on the fields of positive psychology, neuroscience and emotional intelligence – scientifically based and evolving from extensive research and studies in the real world.
Work wellbeing is about how people feel at work and how they function there. But ‘getting by’ functioning is not enough. It involves people feeling good and performing well so that they flourish and grow – individually, collectively and as an enterprise as a whole.
The model and approach we adopt for personal (subjective) wellbeing is the PERMA model developed by leading psychologist, Professor Martin Seligman. The aim of this approach is to increase ‘flourishing’ by helping us have deeper, more engaged, and more meaningful experiences, more of the time. It centres around five endeavours he identifies as ‘crucial to human flourishing’. PERMA is an acronym of these: Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and purpose, and Accomplishments).