Positive Psychology in the Workplace

Living the Strength-Based Life at Work and at Home

Positive Psychology is a relatively new science initiated by Prof Martin Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania in 1998. It had its first world congress in 2009 with 1500 delegates attending from all over the world. It now enjoys world-wide acclaim as the definitive science of what makes people thrive and function optimally, at work and in one’s personal life. The movement is very rigorous i.t.o. its research and scientific stand, and does not recommend any skills or tools unless it has been proven to be effective through meticulous scientific scrutiny.

This program will provide a variety of practical skills and scientifically proven tools and techniques to enhance optimal functioning and well-being under the following headings, recognised as the universal character virtues that bring out the best in every person. A pre-and post-assessment will be done to measure the impact of the program on measures like positive-negative affect, life satisfaction, subjective happiness and work engagement (vigour, dedication and absorption in the workplace):

DURATION: 7 days with about 4-5 weeks in-between the sessions. One day for each of the main topics mentioned above. Implementation assignments will be given where the skills will be applied in the normal course of work and home-life, complementing everyday issues in both.

All the training sessions always include practical exercises and usable tools for immediate application. The sessions are multi-modal, with short theoretical inputs, demonstrations, film clips, skills practice, training games, energizers, interactive and application exercises.

SESSION 1 - INTRODUCTION TO CHARACTER STRENGTHS

WHAT IS CHARACTER?

•    Symbols and quotes
•    Voice Dialogue

24 STRENGTHS

A STRENGTH=BASED LIFE

•    My life and legacy
•    Taking character to work and life
•    Re-crafting my work

SESSION 2 - COURAGE

Definition
Signals of Complacency

INTEGRITY

•    What is being real?
•    Three elements of integrity
•    Character versus persona

VITALITY

•    Elements of vitality
•    The human dashboard
•    Positivity ratio

BRAVERY

•    Three kinds of bravery
•    What makes people lose their virtues?
•    What would you do? (various situations)
•    A menu of bravery behaviours

PERSISTENSE

•    What does it take?
•    Stories of persistence
•    A persistent future

SESSION 3 – HUMANITY

Definition
The importance of relationships

LOVE

•    Practical caring
•    Get to know each other
•    Nurture admiration and appreciation
•    Turn towards instead of away
•    Practice caring communication

KINDNESS

•    Benefits
•    Acts of kindness in practice

SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE

•    Inter-group intelligence (appreciating diversity)
•    Social attunement

SESSION 4 -WISDOM

Definition
The Balance Theory of Wisdom
Why can smart people be so unwise?

CURIOSITY

•    Stretching and embracing
•    A questioning mindset
•    Mindfulness
•    Flow

LOVE OF LEARNING

•    Fixed versus Growth Mindset
•    Cultivating the Growth Mindset

OPEN-MINDEDNESS

•    Your beliefs and open-mindedness

CREATIVITY

•    What is creativity?
•    Creativity exercises

PERSPECTIVE

•    What develops wise perspectives?
•    Harvesting pearls of wisdom

SESSION 5 - JUSTICE

Definition

FAIRNESS

•    Lady Justice
•    Be the jury
•    Growing from stereotypes

TEAMWORK

•    What makes a good team player?
•    “Sell” yourself interview
•    Team-building activities

LEADERSHIP

•    Qualities of famous leaders
•    Exemplary leadership practices

SESSION 6 – TEMPERANCE

Definition
Time perspective

FORGIVENESS

•    Clarifying forgiveness
•    The process of forgiving
•    Practicing forgiveness

PRUDENCE

•    Clarifying prudence
•    The Immunity Map

MODESTY

•    Clarifying modesty
•    Practicing modesty

SELF-REGULATION

•    Composure – a three-step procedure
•    Take charge of your thoughts

SESSION 7 – TRANSCENDENCE

Definition

GRATITUDE

•    Assessment
•    Benefits
•    Gratitude Log
•    Finding “Diamonds in the Dust”

APPRECIATION OF BEAUTY AND EXCELLENCE

•    Living an awe-inspired life
•    Finding moments of beauty and excellence

HOPE, OPTIMISM AND FUTURE-MINDEDNESS

•    The Magical Question
•    Explanatory Styles during success and setback

HUMOUR AND PLAYFULNESS

•    The essence of humour
•    Tips on being more humourous

SPIRITUALITY, SENSE OF PURPOSE AND FAITH

•    Proverbs from around the world
•    Seven pathways to the spiritual
•    Something to think about


An example of changes in positive (blue) and negative (red) mood-states during the course of this program


An example of changes in Subjective Happiness levels during the course of this program



An example of Life Satisfaction changes during the course of this program