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Workplace Positive Psychology Exercises: An Evidence-Based Guide to Implementation

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Workplace positive psychology exercises are relatively simple practices that can be incorporated into daily life and have the potential to benefit the well-being of individual employees and the organizations of which are they are a part.

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This webinar will review the repertoire of individual-level positive psychology exercises that have been adapted for use in the workplace and provide guidance on how to effectively implement them in practice. Exercises reviewed will include: job crafting, gratitude, acts of kindness, and the reflected best self exercise. The guidance offered will address practical limitations as well as caveats from researchers throughout this practitioner-oriented webinar.

Take-home messages:

  • Employees and organizations have a wide range of positive psychology exercises to choose from in the workplace based on their needs and preferences
  • Workplace positive psychology practices are not “one-size-fits-all”
  • Guidance from relevant research findings can help to shape the effective implementation of positive psychology practices in organizations.

Learning Outcomes

To identify the various types of workplace positive psychology practices that have been evaluated by researchers
To follow guidelines for implementing specific evidence-based workplace positive psychology practices as a complement to more foundational ways of addressing employee well-being.
To carefully consider personal and organizational factors that may impact the effectiveness of these practices and their ability to cultivate more lasting changes.


Carolyn Winslow, PhD
Carolyn Winslow is an industrial/organizational psychologist, applied researcher, and consultant at the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces at the University of California, Berkeley, whose mission is to integrate and apply interdisciplinary sciences to achieve worker well-being. Her program of research at the Center focuses on understanding and improving employee psychological well-being, with a focus on identifying ways of promoting positive emotional experiences at work and its subsequent effects on valued organizational outcomes. She has experience designing positive psychology programs and interventions for implementation in a variety of organizational settings, and is passionate about using science to inform evidence-based organizational policies and practices that contribute to the health, happiness, and performance of employees. Beyond employee well-being, she has also conducted research on a variety of other organizational psychology topics relevant to well-being, including workforce diversity and inclusion, effective organizational leadership, team performance processes. Her research has been published in top psychology journals, including the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, the Journal of Business and Psychology, and the Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior. She currently serves on the Healthy Work Design and Well-Being Cross-Sector Council as a part of the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). She received her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from George Mason University in 2017.
M. Gloria González-Morales
Dr. M. Gloria González-Morales is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Guelph, Canada, and the Research Director of the Occupational Health and Positive Psychology Lab, and co-founder of the Centre for Workers' Health and Well-Being. Her research has been funded with scholarships and grants, including a prestigious Fulbright scholarship and funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. Her studies involve the disciplines of occupational health psychology and positive organizational psychology and focuses on stress, work-life issues, victimization, incivility and civility, and positive organizational interventions to enhance well-being and performance. She is Associate Editor of Work & Stress Journal, and her research has been published in some of the world's top-ranked Psychology outlets such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Work & Stress and Journal of Organizational Behavior. In addition, she serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Stress & Health, Anxiety, Stress & Coping and Occupational Health Science. She has been recently awarded the 2017 best paper award of the European Journal of Work and Organisational Psychology for her research on respite workplace interventions to foster employee well-being. Dr. González-Morales has more than 10 years of experience consulting for organizations from different sectors (i.e., government, healthcare, hospitality, non-for profit, energy, manufacturing). The last 7 years, as executive director of Organization & Management Solutions, she has led more than 20 consulting projects in diverse areas of practice: competency modeling and recruitment & selection systems, organizational development & change, needs analysis, performance management systems, engagement surveys, leadership & team development and training.

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