Positive Psychology in Practice: How to Increase Productivity
There’s a clear link between levels of happiness in a workplace and productivity. Research has shown that workplace cultures based on the principles of Positive Psychology, reap the benefits of higher staff morale, motivation and engagement. But how does this work in practice? What are the practical steps managers and leaders can take, to increase productivity using Positive Psychology?
What is Positive Psychology?
Positive Psychology is a scientific discipline concerned with aspects of life that allow us to flourish and thrive. It explores our potential to achieve happiness and wellbeing through our own innate strengths and resources.
Positive Psychology in the workplace
A workplace that embraces the principles of Positive Psychology is characterised by open-mindedness, creativity, better problem solving and enhanced collaboration; all conducive to improved productivity. This culture can be engendered through a few simple practices:
We all respond well to praise and recognition. But this shouldn’t be restricted to formal performance reviews. Something as simple as a quick email saying thank you for a piece of work, or a shout out in a meeting to recognise an individual’s contribution, can help employees to feel valued and motivated.
It’s easy to focus on problems and things that need to improve. But this can be detrimental to an employee’s motivation and sense of fulfillment. Instead of focusing on the negatives, concentrate on things that have gone well. Celebrating strengths and success can help everyone take pride in their work and the role they play in successes.
3. Freedom to create
Perhaps the most famous example of this in practice is Google’s policy of allowing staff time to work on individual projects. This initiative led to the establishment of one of the company’s flagship services, Gmail. The most unexpected and innovative solutions and ideas take shape when staff are empowered to explore their passions, strengths and skills.
Establishing a support structure that allows employees to focus on their own personal development is another way of ensuring a culture of value and recognition. It also facilitates more open relationships and lines of communication. This in turn provides an environment in which people feel confident raising issues that are affecting their performance or enjoyment of their job. Leaders then also have a chance to rectify these issues.
With just a few simple changes based on the principles of Positive Psychology, you can make a big difference to the culture of your organisation, creating an environment in which both individuals and your business can thrive.
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