Positive Psychology Positive Psychology Positive psychology is the study of happiness. It is the scientific comprehension and set of useful tools that can be used to build thriving individuals, families, communities, and countries. It is the field of psychology that studies the factors that enable or can allow individuals, families or communities to thrive. It explores how individuals can live happier and more fulfilled lives. In the workplace, positive psychology can be manifested in different ways since different individuals have different life motivators. Activities that make one happy differ from one person to another.
However, there are some common manifests of positive psychology in the workplace. According to Mills, Christina, Fleck and Kozikowski, (2013), fulfillment in the workplace can be as a result of empowerment, gratitude, employee engagement, perceived supervisor and organizational support, positive teamwork and work relationships, and positive leadership. Personally, any or all of the above factors can make me find fulfillment in my lif. Positive psychology applies to both performance appraisal process, and training and development processes in equal measure. Performance evaluation processes result in individual fulfillment in that the person is motivated by being empowered, appreciated, and engaged.
Training and development processes also lead to personal satisfaction through engagement, appreciation, new challenges and skill development. Individuals can, therefore, find satisfaction and happiness from both or either of the processes. However, depending on the person or situation either of the processes could yield more satisfaction. Organizations should, therefore, use situational analysis to determine which method to use when applying positive psychology. References Mills, J., Christina, R., Fleck and Kozikowski, A. (2013). Positive psychology at work: A conceptual review, state-of-practice assessment, and a look-ahead.
The Journal of Positive Psychology: Dedicated to furthering research and promoting good practice, 8(2), 153-164. Retrieved from http: //www. uws. edu. au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/510922/JOPP__PP_at_Work__A_review. pdf