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Illia Rohozhkin

Tech Lead

Illia Rohozkin

Illia is currently working on development of CASPER, a digital tool to measure employee well-being and productivity beyond surveys. He feels that it is a brave attempt to apply an innovative tech solution to improve the well-being of individuals as well as society overal

Why are you involved at the ‘Happiness at work’ project?
I want to understand the laws of development and interaction of individuals in the process of creating a society and find ways how to optimize human labor

What makes YOU happy at work? 
Understanding that I define for myself the type of activity

What makes you happy outside of work?
Book reading, car driving

If you had a Genie friend, who decided to make any one of your dreams true, what would you ask?
I would ask him: what is this all for?

What is one short phrase or lyric you would use to describe yourself? 
I am a typical product of evolution

Where people can find information about your professional achievements?

Belinda Vigors

Researcher & Emotions Advocate

Belinda

Belinda is our explorative researcher with expertise in the influence of emotions on decision-making and risk-taking. She works with Sonas to develop and facilitate courses and workshops.

Why are you involved at the ‘Happiness at work’ project?
I want to encourage people to think differently about emotions — they are not something we should ignore, or try to control but something which can enhance our decision-making when we understand them better. This interest, along with my PhD research into the impact of emotions on risk-taking, inspired the ‘Emotions Trap’ workshop, which Alyona and I have co-created. We hope this will help our clients better understand how emotions drive behaviour, whilst also providing helpful tools and strategies to use emotions in a more proactive way. After all, they are what makes us human.

What makes YOU happy at work?
Autonomy, and lots of it!

What makes you happy outside of work?
Baking, yoga, travelling and long walks in the countryside.

If you had a Genie friend, who decided to make any one of your dreams true, what would you ask?
I would ask for a round the world flight ticket!

What is one short phrase or lyric you would use to describe yourself?
Persistent….maybe even a bit stubborn! and “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated” (Maya Angelou)

Olena Hedz

Social Media Manager

Andy

Olena is our social media manager and she adds her personal touch and flourishes to our LinkedIn and YouTube accounts to keep them updated with engaging new content.

Why are you involved at the ‘Happiness at work’ project?
When met Alyona, I believed her that people can or even should to be happy at work. So now I’m trying to help spread this knowledge ;)

What makes YOU happy at work?
Inspiration. If the project inspires me, I don’t feel tired or bored no matter what.

What makes you happy outside of work?
Traveling. It’s always a breath of fresh air and boost of energy. It’s an opportunity to live another small life not going through reincarnation ;)

If you had a Genie friend, who decided to make any one of your dreams true, what would you ask?
As a child, I always wondered why a week has 5 working days and only 2 weekends. Why not vice versa? I believed that would have made me happy. I guess that’s a nice dream to make it come true.

Phoebe Allan

Marketing and Business Development Assistant

Andy

Phoebe is currently working with SONAS as our intern, she is a university student in Stirling studying business and marketing. She started as a volunteer and progressed through part-time internships to currently working with us full time on a summer internship programme. Some of her main responsibilities for the summer included organising the Future Workplace event and CASPER assistance.

Why are you involved at the ‘Happiness at work’ project?
I came to this project for the opportunity of work experience but when I saw the company it became so much more than that. There is real value in the work that has a direct correlation to peoples lives and I love coming to work every day learning how to make people and the world a slightly happier place.

What makes YOU happy at work?
I thrive in a positive and supportive environment, and as a young student worker feeling valued and appreciated means a lot to me. It's a compliment when I am given the responsibility of tasks that have a direct effect on the business. I love creative tasks and there is plenty of them at SONAS, I find real enjoyment in the work, which is something I haven’t experienced in employment before this.

What makes you happy outside of work?
I am a homebody and love spending time with family so living away from them is sometimes difficult but travelling home is one of my favourite things to do and gives me time to recharge. Seeing friends and experiencing new things alongside my favourite people is what fuels my happiness.

If you had a Genie friend, who decided to make any one of your dreams true, what would you ask?
That travelling wouldn’t take so long!

What is one short phrase or lyric you would use to describe yourself?
I’m not addicted to coffee, we are just in a committed relationship.

Miss Happiness

Miss Happiness

Miss Happiness is our workplace well-being Guardian Angel. Her expertise is in finding and reporting employee feelings such as misery, boredom a lack of meaning, dissatisfaction or locked potential. Although Miss Happiness has a degree of scepticism in her personality, she is very passionate to improve workplace well-being across the planet. She is a well-respected member of our advisory board and can recommend quite a wide range of practical tools to solve behavioural challenges. She is the star of our YouTube channel.