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Positive psychology at work

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An introduction to the applications of positive psychology in the workplace, including gratitude, strengths, humane workplace practices, and resilience.

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Positive psychology at work

  1. 1. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 krt4@williams.edu x3542 Kevin Thomas, Learning & Development Manager Human Resources Positive Psychology at Work
  2. 2. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 1. Describe the principles of positive psychology. 2. Create a menu of actions you can use to create a more positive workplace. 3. Commit to a single concrete action from that menu. Objectives
  3. 3. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 1. Confidentiality 2. Listening 3. Participation Ground Rules
  4. 4. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 1. Introductions 2. Principles of Positive Psychology 3. Gratitude 4. Strengths & the Flow State 5. The Humane Workplace 6. Resilience and Choice 7. Appreciative Inquiry Agenda
  5. 5. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 1. Introductions 2. Principles of Positive Psychology 3. Gratitude 4. Strengths & the Flow State 5. The Humane Workplace 6. Resilience and Choice 7. Appreciative Inquiry Agenda
  6. 6. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 • Name, where you work, and one thing about working at Williams you are grateful for. Introductions & Warm Up
  7. 7. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 1. Introductions 2. Principles of Positive Psychology 3. Gratitude 4. Strengths & the Flow State 5. The Humane Workplace 6. Resilience and Choice 7. Appreciative Inquiry Agenda
  8. 8. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 • Concerned with strengths • Building the best things with life • Making lives of normal people fulfilling • Nurturing high talent • Investigating positive outliers What is Positive Psychology?
  9. 9. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 • Employee engagement o Psychological commitment to work o Relationship to psychological needs o Benefit in its own right. o Increases productivity. • Positive psychology in the workplace: Applying positive psychology to create a culture of engagement. Positive Psychology in the Workplace
  10. 10. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 1. Introductions 2. Principles of Positive Psychology 3. Gratitude 4. Strengths & the Flow State 5. The Humane Workplace 6. Resilience and Choice 7. Appreciative Inquiry Agenda
  11. 11. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 • Success does not create happiness • Positivity increases our chances for success • Optimisim: o Increases motivation o Increases sales productivity Optimistic salespeople sell 35% more insurance than pessimists. o Improves physical health Optimism and Happiness
  12. 12. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 • Trains the brain to scan for the positive • Expressing gratitude spreads the positivity Gratitude
  13. 13. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 • Use the positive feedback formula to write an appreciation letter to a colleague • Pair up and share your appreciation with a partner • Bonus!: Exchange contact info and commit to sending your letter! Appreciation Letters Behavior Impact
  14. 14. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 1. Introductions 2. Principles of Positive Psychology 3. Gratitude 4. Strengths & the Flow State 5. The Humane Workplace 6. Resilience and Choice 7. Appreciative Inquiry Agenda
  15. 15. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 • Intrinsic Motivation • Concentration w/ no distractions • Complete immersion • Clear set of goals that require appropriate responses • High skill level, high challenge level The Flow State: Focusing for Engagement
  16. 16. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 • Pair up. • Think of a time when you felt most happy in your career – a time when you were having fun and doing a great job. • Explore with your partner: o What created the sense of happiness and fulfillment o What did you do that contributed to the sense of happiness and fulfillment? o How did the workplace facilitate this experience? o What skills or strengths did you use? o How could you plan to have an experience like this one more time? Getting to Know Your Strengths
  17. 17. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 1. Introductions 2. Principles of Positive Psychology 3. Gratitude 4. Strengths & the Flow State 5. The Humane Workplace 6. Resilience and Choice 7. Appreciative Inquiry Agenda
  18. 18. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 What is your work ethic?
  19. 19. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 Our High Performance Culture
  20. 20. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 Everyday Awards
  21. 21. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 Self-Care at Work Activity Benefit Exercise Greater energy, increase sense of agency Nutrition Increased energy, better mood, lower stress, Meditation Increased concentration, lower stress Naps Increases productivity and alertness Walking Boosts creativity Breaks (brief diversions) Increases task focus Experience of nature Reduces fatigue, decreases stress
  22. 22. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 I am going to try this someday …
  23. 23. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 1. Introductions 2. Principles of Positive Psychology 3. Gratitude 4. Strengths & the Flow State 5. The Humane Workplace 6. Resilience and Choice 7. Appreciative Inquiry Agenda
  24. 24. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 • The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. • Locus of control refers to the extent that people believe they can influence the events that affect them. • Building internal locus of control increases resilience Resilience
  25. 25. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 Change Your Questions, Change Your Life
  26. 26. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 • Complete the following questions on the worksheet: 1,2,3,6,7,9,10 • Pair up and share Your Turn!
  27. 27. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 1. Introductions 2. Principles of Positive Psychology 3. Gratitude 4. Strengths & the Flow State 5. The Humane Workplace 6. Resilience and Choice 7. Appreciative Inquiry Agenda
  28. 28. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 • Uses a positive focus to develop an organizational action plan • Let’s try the first step! Appreciative Inquiry
  29. 29. Positive Psychology at Work Kevin R.Thomas, Manager, Learning & Development · Office of Human Resources · krt4@williams.edu · 413-597-3542 Links coming via email: Contact Kevin Thomas at 413-597-3542 or email krt4@williams.edu Positive Psychology in the Workplace Questions? • Course page link to all course materials • Program evaluation link, feedback welcome

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