December 11, 2017

Why does gratitude at work matter?

I recently watched a fantastic documentary, called Minimalism (I know, I know – I’m really late to the party here!) For those of you who haven’t seen it, the film centres on two men in the US, who call themselves ‘The Minimalists.’ They gave up all belongings they considered unnecessary, seeking to achieve happiness with […]

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April 11, 2017

Why does employee engagement work? The positive psychology behind engagement

  There’s no doubt that employee engagement has come a long way in the last decade. It has moved from a management buzzword to something which is being taken seriously in companies, and seen as a critical element of HR. But although the business case has been well made, and we now have a much […]

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April 5, 2017

What’s cooking? How employee appreciation can get better results

If you’re eating out anytime soon and want to get a good meal, then choose to eat in a place where the chefs can see you whilst they cook. Why? A recent research study showed that customer satisfaction with food shot up by 10 per cent when chefs could see their customers, even though customers […]

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December 11, 2015

The Positive Psychology Podcast

Kristen Truempy, a researcher from University of East London’s MAPP (Master of Applied Positive Psychology) program is doing a series of podcasts on positive psychology. Positive psychology is often misunderstood as a branch of new age positive thinking, and Kristen’s podcasts are a great introduction to the science of positive psychology to help understand the […]

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November 17, 2015

Ted Talk of the Week – Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work?

What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn’t just money. But it’s not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioural economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our […]

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