Transforming the workplace: insights from positive psychology


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Transforming the workplace: insights from positive psychology

  1. 1. Bringing the Science of Happiness to Work:Insights from Positive Psychology John Weaver, Psy.D. June 18, 2010
  2. 2. Productivity and Psychological Health Two thirds of both men and women say that work has a significant impact on their stress level, and one in four has called in sick or taken a Mental Health Day as a result of work stress. (APA, 2004)
  3. 3. Workers who must take timeoff because of stress, anxiety,or a related disorder will beoff the job for about 21days (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  4. 4. Depression results in more days of disability than chronic health conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes (National Committee for Quality Assurance, 2004).
  5. 5. 80% to 90% of all industrial accidents are likely related to personal problems and employees’ inability to handle stress
  6. 6. Companies with higher revenue growth are better at motivating employees and provide more opportunities for growth and development.
  7. 7. Employee engagement levels in these high- performing organizations are more than 20% higher than those of their counterparts (Hewett Associates, 2004).
  8. 8. Positive Psychology at Work Job Satisfaction research Confused research results When job satisfaction matters for the success of the business
  9. 9. Mirror Neuronsin a Human
  10. 10. The brain is more like amuscle than we everthought…
  11. 11. The real miracle is not to walk onwater or thin air but to walk on theearth! - Thich Nhat Hahn
  12. 12. byJohn Weaver, Psy.D.Nancy Brady-Freitag, Ph.D.Kathie Koenig, LCSW, CEAPTerrill L. Bruett, Ed.D.Paul Kenneth Glass, Ph.D.Robert Verwert, Ph.D.Order at Trainer Manual
  13. 13. Selected Bibliography• Gilbert, D. (2006) Stumbling on Happiness. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.• Lambert, K. (2008). Lifting Depression. New York: Basic Books.• Lyubomirsky, S. (2008) The How of Happiness. New York: Penguing Press.• Pert, C. & Marriott, N. (2006). Everything You Need to Feel Go(o)d. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House.• Prochaska, J., Norcross, J., & DiClemente. (1994). Changing for Good. New York: Avon Books.• Revich, K. & Shatte, A. (2002). The Resilience Factor. New York: Broadway Books.• Sapolsky, R. (1994). Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers. New York: W.H. Freeman and Company.• Seigel, Z; Williams, J.M., & Teasdale, J. (2002). Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression. New York: Guilford Press.• Seligman , M.E.P. (1991). Learned Optimism. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
  14. 14. John Weaver, Psy.D.Director of the Healthy Thinking Initiative2717 North Grandview Boulevard, Suite 303Waukesha, Wisconsin 544-6486jweaver@preventingdepression.comConnect with me on Linkedin andTwitter