So many people dread waking up in the morning, only to commute to a job they hate and leave feeling unfulfilled, frustrated, and stuck – but it doesn’t have to, and shouldn’t be that way. By employing positive psychology and building a thriving, compatible culture in the workplace, going to work can be an enjoyable, rewarding experience that employees look forward to.
What is positive psychology?
The concept of positive psychology revolves around creating an emphasized focus on optimism and intellectual stimulation. In other words, positive psychology emcompasses the consistent practice of gratitude, optimistic perspective, and conscious focus on what is both intellectually stimulating and emotionally fulfilling.
Implementing the practice of positive psychology into the workplace begins with the hiring process. Increasingly, more and more workplaces are integrating personality typing, as well as behavioral assessments, into their interview process where aptitude tests once reigned supreme.
Culture is king.
Culture is king when it comes to building and nurturing a team rooted in the foundations of positive psychology – and when beginning by gathering a group of highly compatible people together who hold similar beliefs and communication styles that cooperate peacefully and energetically, the result equates to a solid company culture and a workplace full of happy, fulfilled, and high-performing team members.
Positive psychologists postulate that happiness, the goal of positive psychology, is dependent on 5 factors. These factors include: positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment. Understanding the premise of what positive psychology is founded on makes it easy to see why adopting its practice in the workplace would lead to a happy, healthy, and rewarding experience for any company team.
A thriving, happy workplace.
When the implementation of positive psychology in the workplace is initiated during the hiring process, it’s nurturing becomes more seamless and achievable. Positive emotion, engagement, relationships happen organically in a setting where highly compatible people with similar interests congregate. It is then the responsibility of the leadership to make clear the meaning of the work being done, and to create a positive, rewarding experience that accompanies the achievements that follow. As such, it is the responsibility of the team to invest the energy and focus into their work to transform it into achievements. When the leadership and team work together, with positive psychology at the foundation of their interactions, work starts to feel a lot less like work, and more like a meaningful, fulfilling experience.
Positive psychology is redefining the modern workforce and inspiring people to seek out employment that resonates with who they are and what they believe in. Fewer and fewer people are settling as the masses become aware of the phenomenon of company culture and positive psychology in the workplace where it was once heavily believed to be simply a means to pay the bills. The workplace doesn’t have to be dreaded, dull, and void of purpose. When founded in positive psychology, it can be a routine to look forward to and an experience never to be forgotten.