Positive psychology at work

Positive Psychology At Work

When my son was 4, I introduced him to the husband of an old college friend. The man was tall, athletic, and friendly. He extended his hand towards my son and my son just stared at him with a serious face and large eyes. Finally my son spoke: “Are you a good guy or a bad guy?” (My son watches too many superhero cartoons.) The grown-ups within earshot smiled.

It’s common for children to see the world in terms of extremes such as good guys and bad guys. We may not be aware of it, but black and white thinking lingers into adulthood. It takes effort to calibrate our thinking to avoid having a “this or that” mentality.

When it comes to positive psychology, people can see it as an extreme: the science of happiness. When I say “people,” I include some practitioners of positive psychology as well. Happiness is not the goal of positive psychology. Wellbeing, resilience, and flourishing are the goals.

When it comes to our jobs, positive psychology at work is expressed as mindfulness training, resilience workshops, and strengths-based coaching. People can mistake these efforts as attempts to deny the realities of the modern workplace. Au contraire.

The goal of positive psychology at work is to provide employees with resources to better manage the grim realities of work and to make the most of the opportunities work offers.

This round-up of articles helps readers to adjust perceived extremes about positive psychology at work and achieve better understanding. What many of these articles mention is the connection between developing strengths and finding wellbeing.

The Dark Side To Workplace Happiness: With stress related absences on the rise in workplaces, due to poor communication, lack of manager support, conflict in workplaces and fear of losing our jobs, is it realistic to expect employees to feel happy at work?

Workplace Positivity? What’s the Right Amount? And Why?: Did you know the right amount of positive emotion can lead to more innovation, less absenteeism, and better problem solving?  by Donna Hemmert http://positivepsychologynews.com/news/donna-hemmert/2016022335432

When Mental Burnout Strikes, Firms Offer Positivity Support: Burnout, when created as a result of a demanding job, can be tough to avoid. And with the inverse relationship between negativity and work productivity clearly established, it’s no wonder employers are becoming increasingly interested in boosting employee morale. http://acsh.org/news/2016/03/23/when-mental-burnout-strikes-some-firms-positivity-support/

Strengths At Work: Human strengths The psychology of human strengths is becoming increasingly popular in organisations and it is becoming an important approach to increase employee wellbeing and enabling them to reach peak performance and to flourish in their careers.

3 Ways To Put Your Strengths To Work: Did you know that developing your strengths — those things you’re good at and actually enjoy doing — makes it eighteen times more likely you’ll describe yourself as “flourishing” at work?http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelle-mcquaid/3-ways-to-put-your-strengths-to-work_b_9184534.html

Positive Psychology in a Nutshell: Watch this beautiful 5-minute Instructional Video:  It´s a concise first-rate 5-minute introduction to Positive Psychology (as outlined in Marty Seligman´s recent book “Flourish”). by drnicorose

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Stacie HoffmeisterStacie Hoffmeister is an organizational coach and branding professional. She is the founder of organizational coaching firm, Facts and Heresies, which helps individuals step up into their next level of personal and professional potential. Based in the New York, NY and Westchester County, NY area, Stacie serves individual professionals and organizations in her area and all over the world. 


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