The Positive Psychology behind Random Acts of Kindness
*Don’t miss our 30 Random Acts of Kindness ideas – download it for free here!* This week is Random Acts of Kindness Week, an event we love celebrating here at People Lab. Random Acts of Kindness (or RAOK) are simple, free or inexpensive acts that anyone can do, to spread a little kindness and […]
The Importance of Workplace Friendships
Whether you’re based in an office or in another working environment, it’s likely that you’re spending a considerable proportion of your time at work. On average, UK employees spend 31 hours a week at work*, though spending eight hours or more in the workplace each day isn’t uncommon. Coupled with time spent sleeping, commuting […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
TED Talk of the Week: Shawn Achor, The Happy Secret To Better Work
It’s International Day of Happiness! Here’s a golden nugget of a TED Talk from Shawn Achor. Reverse the formula, be positive, and be happier at work.
TED Talk of the Week: How To Make Stress Your Friend – Kelly McGonigal
How To Make Stress Your Friend – Kelly McGonigal Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal […]
5 Myths About Change In The Workplace
5 Myths About Change In The Workplace…. & How Change Champions Can Help! There’s been much discussion about parties, policies, and potential prime ministers in recent months, and what we all really vote for, is change. We listen to our local and national candidates plead with us to vote on their policies, their change. But […]