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Positive Psychology Online Course Happy@Work Hong Kong

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Positive Psychology Online Course Happy@Work Hong Kong

  1. 1. Happy@Work: Introducing a Web-based Positive Psychology Intervention to Improve Mental Health among Working Population JC School of Public Health and Primary Care
  2. 2. Outline • • • • • OUR PROGRAM AND PROFESSIONAL TEAM OUR MOTIVATION POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY & WORKPLACE COURSE DEMO PROGRESS & FUTURE PLANS
  3. 3. HAPPY@WORK OUR PROGRAM
  4. 4. Positive Psychology Online Program • • • • First online positive psychology programme Tailored for working population in Hong Kong Aims at improving local workers’ wellbeing Teaching people skills to strengthen their psychological capital
  5. 5. Positive Psychology Online Program • • • • Self-learning process takes 4 weeks 1 session per week Each takes 15-30 minutes Take place anytime, anywhere platform Strong research component through an online • • Scientifically evaluate the effectiveness and return-on-investment of the programme
  6. 6. Happy@Work Team • Funded by the Hong Kong Food Health Care and Promotion Fund JC School of Public Health and Employers’ Federation of Hong and Health Bureau’s • • • Primary Care (CUHK) Kong Multidisciplinary team, including psychologist, economist, web designer, business administrator
  7. 7. HAPPY@WORK OUR MOTIVATION
  8. 8. Motivation of the Project • Working life reality in Hong Kong and its potential harm to individual workers as well as employers Average working week for Hong Kong employees is 49.6 hours 82.5% of respondents said they suffered stress from work (Work and Life Balance Survey 2008) 27% of people took sick leave in order to recover from working long hours Presenteeism (less productive at work) accounts for more aggregate productivity loss than absenteeism • • • •
  9. 9. Motivation of the Project • Internationally, more and more employers are paying attention to the psychological well-being of their employees Individuals’ psychological capital (just like economic and human capital) can be developed Workers will become more resilient, confident, and happier Employers will enjoy higher productivity and morale, lower turn-over and positive return-on-investment • • •
  10. 10. Motivation of the Project • Compared with U.S. average, a psychologically healthy workplace has: Lower employee turnover (11% vs. 36%) Fewer employees reporting work stress (24% vs. 41%), Higher employee satisfaction (80% vs. 70%). • • • • We wanted to design a program based on international evidence, and tailored for local needs => Happy@Work!
  11. 11. HAPPY@WORK POSITIVE PSYCH & WORKPLACE
  12. 12. Positive Psych & Workplace • Traditional psychology : problem-focused & emphasizes on minimizing or solving the problems Positive psychology : focusing on exploring the potentials and strengths of individuals By nurturing their strengths, workers are expected to be more resilient to work challenges • •  Improving individual well-being & work productivity at the same time
  13. 13. Positive Psych & Workplace • Happy@Work is developed based on the theoretical framework of positive psychology Includes skills that help people to set and execute effective goals, view challenges in optimistic ways, enhance self-confidence Useful in improving work productivity, enhancing work performance, relieving work-related stress Modify such psychological interventions into an online format  cater the needs of the busy working population • • •
  14. 14. HAPPY@WORK PROGRESS AND FUTURE PLANS
  15. 15. Progress • Launched in March 2014, and are continuously enrolling Hope to attract enough participants by the end of June Data can be collected to support a scientifically sound evaluation of the programme’s effectiveness • •
  16. 16. How to participate • • • • • General working populations Over 18 years old Currently at work (full-time / self-employed) Understand Chinese and master basic computer skills At the organizational level, employers can encourage staff to participate The more people participate, the more benefit it will show for the whole organization •
  17. 17. How to participate • • • • • Details of Happy@Work: Official website : http://www.happyworkhk.or g/ Contact number: 2252-8742 Email: contact@happyworkhk.orgFacebook page: https://www.facebook.com/happyworkhk **Sponsored by Health Care and Promotion Fund (Project No: 05120045)
  18. 18. Participants Recruitment • Open recruitment from the public through mass mailing, facebook, public announcement and other communication channels Collaboration with Employers' Federation of Hong Kong, to target its member organizations •
  19. 19. Upcoming Activities • • Publish the final report in March 2015 Create the foundation for further developing the programme and expanding it to help more people Welcome opportunities to collaborate with individual organizations Explore further customization of the programme to fit more specific needs in the future • •
  20. 20. Recap --- What’s Special 1 st • Positive Psychology online program among Hong Kong general working population 1 st • Hong Kong study that explore the potential of PsyCap in mental health promotion One of the few studies connecting mental health promotion with work productivity gain and demonstrating ROI Collaboration with employers directly to ensure applicability and sustain impact • •
  21. 21. Thank you! Questions or comments? © Faculty of Medicine The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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