Positive Psychology in the Workplace

Considering that most people spend half of their waking hours at work, it’s important that work is as fulfilling as possible. Happy employees are invaluable to an organisation: they are engaged and motivated, excited to go to work each day, and spread their positive energy throughout the workplace. Positive Psychology can be a significant contributor to employees’ happiness at work. Positive Psychology focuses on what makes life most worth living. It considers how people can build the best life they can for themselves by including the positive aspects and minimising the worst. Positive Psychology studies have demonstrated how positive emotions are linked to numerous benefits including improved health, well-being, longevity, and a greater quality of life. Although there is a clear link between genetics and happiness, a person’s attitudes and actions also control one’s degree of happiness. [1] Creating a state of happiness in the workplace is much about controlling our attitudes and choices. Employees, managers, and leaders all have a role to play in workplace happiness. The PERMA model developed by Martin Seligman identifies five essential elements of psychological well-being: Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment. [2] These ideas can be put into practice in the workplace to…