Four Ways to Celebrate International Day of Friendship at Work
Monday 30th July is International Day of Friendship. The day was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly, on the basis that ‘friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.’ Many of us spend the majority of our days at work, and a huge proportion of […]
Creating a fun company culture, all year round
Friday 26th January 2018 is National Fun at Work Day in the UK. On this day, organisations across the country will be participating in fun activities – both inside and outside of the office. At People Lab, we absolutely love celebrating days like these. However, we also think it’s important to focus on creating […]
5 ways to reclaim Blue Monday
Monday 15th January 2018 is ‘Blue Monday.’ If you’re not familiar with it, the date is supposedly calculated from a range of factors – the weather, post-holiday blues, Christmas debts and lack of motivation. The term was coined back in 2005, though it was apparently originally intended to inspire change and motivate people at the […]
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 […]
Work Harder + More Success = Engaged Employees?
The positive psychology of employee engagement This week’s blog from Emma: 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 the HRM. But although the business […]
The role of mindset in engaging employees
The role of mindset in engaging employees This week’s blog from Emma: Did you know that praising a child for their intelligence can actually undermine their motivation and subsequent performance? Seems counterintuitive doesn’t it? But a ground-breaking study by psychologist Muller and Dweck in 1998 found just this. In their research they gave students (128x […]
Posting Brown Boxes or Building Dreams?
Posting Brown Boxes or Building Dreams? Firstly a big thank you to Simon Monger, Internal Communications Manager at Freshfields for inspiring this post… Did you hear about the guy at Amazon who recently left his job as VP in charge of corporate applications and information technology to take up a position with The Seattle Police […]
Soooooo you’re an extravert! What your Facebook status update says about you.
Soooooo you’re an extravert! What your Facebook status update says about you. I’m fascinated by the psychology of social media: does it make us feel happier and more connected? Or could it make us feel more depressed, like there’s a great big party going on out there and we’re not invited? Do our social […]
Ted Talk of the Week – Tom Wujec: Got a wicked problem? First, tell me how you make toast
Making toast doesn’t sound very complicated — until someone asks you to draw the process, step by step. Tom Wujec loves asking people and teams to draw how they make toast, because the process reveals unexpected truths about how we can solve our biggest, most complicated problems at work. Learn how to run this exercise […]