IT’S HIS JOB TO MAKE YOU HAPPY
THE NEWLY APPOINTED CHIEF HAPPINESS OFFICER AT ROVE HOTELS, HAPPYNESS CHIPOTE IS IN THE HOT-SEAT THIS MONTH…
What's the best thing about your job?
I was recently appointed the chief happiness officer (CHO) at Rove Hotels which is a great honour. It's the first of its kind role not only at Rove Hotels but in the UAE so I can only be benchmarked against myself. I live to discover something new every single day and my new appointment definitely makes my every day job very interesting and unpredictable in the most incredible way.
What made you choose this role?
Spreading positivity is everyone's responsibility and I am sure we all do that every day in some way. When I heard about Rove Hotels celebrating International Day of Happiness, I thought it was an amazing idea so I decided to actively participate. The coincidence that Happyness is my name made it much more exciting.
What do you do when you're not working?
I play chess, I play football with friends. On weekends I also spend time playing games as a family.
What's the best bit of advice you've ever received in the workplace?
Fight for happiness was definitely the best advice I ever received. Happiness is the only thing worth fighting for in life. It's often the little things that bring great joy.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Having a whole happiness department which will hopefully influence all hotel operations.
Tell us something that none of your colleagues know about you?
That I have a sister by the name of Joy. Also that I was born on New Year's Day. Possibly that's why I got the name Happyness because people always say ‘Happy New Year'.
If you could stay in any hotel in the world right now, where would you go?
Rove Dubai Marina, because it will be located in my favorite part of Dubai.
Can you tell us why you wanted to join this industry?
I first joined the hospitality industry as a part time job when I was on holiday. The experience I had meeting international travellers and journalists was the beginning of my long career. The internet wasn't as accessible as it is now, and that experience definitely opened my mind to a big world out there.
What would you say to anyone who is starting out in your sector?
Don't do it if you are not passionate about it. I said the same to my wife, she left hospitality and now she is happily working as a teacher.
What's the worst thing about your job?
That the International Day of Happiness only happens once a year so before my new appointment as chief happiness officer we only got to celebrate it once a year.
What's your favourite book?
No Easy Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela.
If you invited guests round for dinner what would you make?
Barbecue chicken - then play cards afterwards.
What song instantly gets you on the dancefloor?
One Love – Bob Marley Positive Vibrations – Bob Marley