The Positive Psychology of Employee Engagement

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The Positive Psychology of Employee Engagement

  1. 1. T P he ositive Psychology of Employee Engagement
  2. 2. Transactional to transformationalTransactional engagement Transformational engagement;Act on feedback from survey A way of doing businessSet of activities and targets Employees integralReactive engagement Pro-activeIs an add on, separate activity Insight regularly sought,Not integral to business harnessed and acted onSet of transactions Integrated
  3. 3. 3Time for a new approach – but what doesthis look like? Employees Leaders What can we learn from Champions positive psychology?
  4. 4. Focus on the (positive) psychology ofengagement The current paradigm: Work More Win/ harder Success happier
  5. 5. This formula is scientifically broken1. Every time we have a success the goalposts change. We reach our sales targets, we get set higher targets2. So we’re continually pushing happiness over our cognitive horizon3. And in fact…. The opposite is true – positive brains perform significantly better than negative, neutral or stressed brains4. So if we focus on creating happy, positive brains we are more successful5. Research shows increases in intelligence, creativity and energy6. This translates into business outcomes
  6. 6. Positive thinkingLyobomirsky 2005 found:•31% increase in productivity•Improved resilience•Less burnout•Less employee turnover•Increased sales -37%•When your brain is in a positive state it performs better thenin a neutral, negative or stressed state
  7. 7. Why is this? The formula is the wrong way round Happier Work More positive harder Success stateBeing in a positive brain state releases DopamineThis makes you feel happierBut it also turns on all your learning centers in yourbrain
  8. 8. Creating a positive lasting change• You can rewire your brain by doing the following everyday for 21 days: – 3 gratitudes each day – Journaling – Exercise – Meditation – Random acts of kindness• This will help train your brain to scan for the positive rather than the negative
  9. 9. Thank you! emma@peoplelab.co.uk Emma Bridger: 07595 465515
  10. 10. Thank you! emma@peoplelab.co.uk Emma Bridger: 07595 465515

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