Positive Workplace

Positive Deviance: 5 Examples Of The Power of Non-Conformity

Like all other forms of life on earth, humans are the sum of countless random inherited mutations. Over hundreds of thousands of years, selected genetic deviations have led to positive adaptations, increasing our ancestors’ chance of survival, having offspring, and being passed on to later generations. Useful adaptations ultimately become […]

Building a Resilient Workplace: 5 Valuable Tools and Activities

When Mark and Joanne were made redundant by their company, they were both in shock. After the initial shock, Joanne reflects, “This is not about who I am— it’s the economy.” She immediately assesses her skills and the job market and updates her resume. After several unsuccessful applications, she lands […]

The Importance of Positive Relationships in the Workplace

The workplace retains a central role in many people’s lives. With the average person spending more time at work than on any other daily activity, it is vital that individuals within any organization feel connected and supported by peers, subordinates, and leaders. Indeed, a significant contributor to workplace stress is […]

What is Positive Gossip? + 7 Examples

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?

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

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)

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

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)

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

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 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

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

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 that 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 to […]

5 Ways to Increase Work Recovery and Decrease Workplace Stress

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]