What exactly is ‘positive psychology’? In recent years, positive psychology has been a hot topic of discussion and research.
Two well-known psychologists, Dr. Martin Seligam (Penn State) and Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, said that “psychology of positive human functioning will arise that achieves a scientific understanding and effective interventions to build thriving individuals, families, and communities.”
And not only can the topics of positive psychology be applied to individuals, families, and communities, but these themes are also important in the workplace. Positive psychology focuses on happiness, optimism, character strengths, and positive thinking.
From a Forbes article, “The driving force behind workplace positive psychology is the notion that happier employees are more productive, more innovative, and create a more attractive working environment.”
So here are three techniques of introducing positive psychology into your workplace and how to increase productivity and boost employee morale:
- Practice thankfulness. Let employees and colleagues know that you recognize their efforts in the company. Their work matters and showing that you appreciate them matters! This increases happiness, makes employees optimistic about their progress, and boosts positive thinking.
- Start each day with a clean slate. Sometimes we make mistakes. That’s just part of being human. Start each day fresh. If you focus on negative instances that occurred yesterday, you might not have the opportunity to see the positive aspects of today.
- Mentor employees. Offer advice and knowledge that you have about different projects or areas of the job. It’s always good to lend a helping hand. That not only helps employees, but when you offer your help, it makes you feel good too.
- Offer employees a chance to exercise. Whether it is part of a benefits package or you give employees 30 extra minutes during lunch to exercise, this will undoubtedly improve health and in turn, increase happiness and positive thinking in the workplace. Encouraging employees to take a walk together on break will be good for their health, but also good for teambuilding too. Employees and the company both receive benefits of this practice!
The goal of positive psychology is not to fix problems in a company; rather, it is to help boost a positive environment where employees thrive. “Positive effects produce success, and success produces happiness!”
Keep a positive mind and stay optimistic in the workplace. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Just use these simple techniques and your efforts will catch on throughout the office, creating a positive work environment and will inevitably increase retention rates at your organization.
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