Positive Workplace

Articles about positive psychology at the workplace. How to stay happy, energized and self-determined at work according to scientific research.

What is Positive Gossip? + 7 Examples

positive gossip

When you read the words "positive gossip," what comes to mind? It is difficult to imagine that anything about gossip could be positive? Most of us picture two people huddled close, one whispering in the other's ear, eyes darting back and forth. Some of us envy them and want to […]

What is Positive Organizational Psychology?

Positive Organizational Inquiry

Work is a critical context for leading a meaningful existence. As an applied science, Positive Organizational Psychology can help us understand this important context within which our identities are defined, where we have opportunities to grow, interact and contribute to something greater than ourselves. Creating and sustaining optimal workplace environments […]

15 Communication Exercises and Games for the Workplace

Communication exercises for work

We live in an information-driven society, where communication determines how fast we learn. Cooperation and collaboration underpin how we work together, and done brilliantly, can determine our competitive advantage. At the human level, our social resources play a massive part in our happiness and well-being in the workplace. We can […]

What is Job Crafting? (Incl. 5 Examples and Exercises)

job crafting

What would your ideal work day look like? How would you describe your current job? Is it “another day another dollar”? Maybe “thank goodness it’s Friday?” Or, is it more “I love what I do!” If it’s one of the first two, you’re not alone. Stress and burnout are super […]

Understanding Leadership Strengths in the Workplace

leadership strengths

If you’re a fan of positive psychology, you’ve likely heard a lot about strengths: how to identify your strengths, how to use your strengths, how to maximize and improve upon your strengths, etc. Not surprisingly, people are generally happier and more successful when they play to their strengths. This naturally […]

Positive Reinforcement in the Workplace (90+ Examples & Reward Ideas)

Positive Reinforcement Workplace

What are the best ways to motivate employees and increase productivity? This is a crucial question for just about anyone in a workplace leadership role. And, while leadership experts may agree with Aubrey Daniels that “positive reinforcement is the most powerful leadership tool” (Daniels, 1982), managers often find themselves overwhelmed […]

Positive Leadership: 30 Must-Have Traits and Skills

Traits seen in positive leadership

If you’re a leader in any sense of the word, you know that it’s a difficult job. Leadership is about much more than giving orders, managing employees’ time and making schedules, or providing annual performance reviews; it’s a task that requires dedication and a wide range of skills. Leading others […]

84 Leadership Activities, Building Games, and Exercises

leadership activities and exercises

Leadership plays an important role in the workplace as well as other community organizations. Leadership activities are associated with benefits to business, including increased performance and productivity. However, perhaps the sign of a truly successful leader is a happy, healthy workplace. Interested in what leadership activities can do for your […]

Flow at Work: The Science of Engagement and Optimal Performance

Flow at work

Do you love your work? When Freud was asked to define happiness, he gave this simple answer: “Work and love.” We all want to be happy at work, not only because we spend a significant part of our life working, but also because it is a source of meaning for […]

Resilience in the Workplace: How to Be More Resilient at Work

Workplace Resilience

Have you ever found yourself wondering what makes someone successful at work? Chances are, like many people you imagine that the key to success at work is intelligence or going above and beyond the demands of the role such as working extra long hours or taking on extra commitments. However, […]

Appreciative Inquiry in Business: Solving Management Problems

The way strategy is formulated in organizations needs to be revolutionized; many companies still use deficiency-oriented models which are unable to keep up with the depths of strategic shifts required. Their problem-solving mentality limits furthering innovation. A solution-based coaching tool can be very powerful and management teams are well advised […]

5 Ways to Increase Work Recovery and Decrease Workplace Stress

work recovery

When was the last time you felt fully recovered from your stressful work environment? Job demands are higher than ever and with increased work speed, job insecurity, and complex work environments the pressure is on for employees. Organizations are aiming to support their staff’s work recovery by providing free gym […]

The Quick Guide to Assertiveness: Become Direct, Firm, and Positive

How to Be More Assertive At Work: 5 Tips to Increase Your Assertiveness

Assertiveness is a type of behavior which is used to express one’s needs in a healthy, prosocial manner. Being assertive can be beneficial in a variety of social settings, although there can also be consequences to being excessively assertive. While some people are naturally more assertive than others, you can […]

Positive Interactions in the Workplace: Work is Social and So Are We

The landscape for work has changed to a service-based economy that needs positive workplace relationships in order to thrive. In industrialized societies, 75%of workers are now dedicated to service provisions such as transportation, banking, entertainment, and retail trade, rather than goods. In the United States, it’s 80% of workers (BLS, […]

3 Positive Organizational Development Best-Practices [+Interview]

Update Nov 2019: In this article, Birgit Ohlin shares her experience with and insights gained from attending Kim Cameron's workshop on positive organizational development Kim Cameron is a gentle and charismatic man. who initially studied the effects of downsizing. He noticed that the majority of businesses deteriorated in this process; […]

The Psychology of Teamwork: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teams

Psychology Effective Teamwork

There’s an old saying among sports coaches: "A champion team will defeat a team of champions." However, as much as we value the ideals of teamwork and connectedness, there’s also the alternative notion of the “rugged individual” or “prima donna,” who stands out from the crowd and succeeds without help […]

Challenging Gossip: How to Create a Healthy Workplace

Gossip is all around us—we live in a dominant culture of whispers, cliques, and drama. Even if gossip is not an active part of your life, we still absorb it in magazine covers, tabloids, friendship circles, and the workplace. This social engagement is often very hard to avoid, as it […]

Positive Psychology in the Workplace: Thank God it’s Monday

positive psychology in the workplace

We all want work to feel positive and engaging. Who doesn't dream of waking up on a Monday excited to go to work? Positive Psychology explores the science behind positive emotions since they linked with the benefits of improved health, well-being, longevity, and a greater quality of life. On the […]

Positive Organizational Scholarship: The Key to a Positive Workplace

positive organizational scholarship

Organizations are always seeking to increase employee output. But the growing prevalence of workplace stress, burnout, and other work-related maladies shows that maximizing performance can come at a price. Positive psychology can offer a wealth of solutions to our modern work-related challenges, especially when it comes to balancing performance with […]
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