How to develop workplaces, work tasks and social relationships at work to provide people with best opportunities for self-fulfillment, growth and good performance? How to enhance individual resources and motivation at workplaces e.g. via leadership so that employees will be creative, innovative, engaged, committed and productive at their work?

Course objectives

The purpose of the course is to present and discuss some key concepts – for example work engagement, positive leadership, and job crafting – in work life positive psychology. Focus will also be on practical measures and positive interventions building on the job and personal resources. The course aims to facilitate research as well as practice from a positive psychology perspective by:

  • Outlining theoretical relationship and associations between these concepts
  • Proposing and discussing methodological issues and effective and innovative intervention strategies.

Target group

Researchers and practitioners within occupational health and human resource management. Number of participants: maximum 30.

Course outline

Lectures are mixed with seminars and group work. Lecturers of the course will be present to guide the students during the whole duration of the course. Student may present posters or projects.

Main topics

Positive psychology as an approach especially in relation to work-life - work engagement, leadership issues, positive interventions, job crafting, recovery etc.

Background

The critical questions at workplaces realizing the importance of human resources for successful business are related to enhancing utilization of human potential. How to develop workplaces, work tasks and social relationships at work to provide people with best opportunities for self-fulfillment, growth and good performance? How to enhance individual resources and motivation at workplaces e.g. via leadership so that employees will be creative, innovative, engaged, committed and productive at their work? And what can employees themselves do to make their jobs more engaging and meaningful? The topic of this course is to present some important concepts of positive psychology research at workplaces and to evaluate the added value of positive psychology on workplaces in practice.

Thanks to the rise of positive psychology positive experiences of fulfillment and happiness are more often focused in occupational work psychology thus expanding the “traditional” topics such as loss, suffering, sickness, and distress. The main focus of positive work psychology is the processes of human flourishing and optimal functioning and how these processes relate to health, balance and meaningful lives. By understanding the basic elements of positive work psychology, we can gain broader and more holistic understanding of human beings. In work and organizational settings, positive psychology contributes to understand not only how to prevent disability and sick leave, but also to inspire strategies for promoting long term health, longer work careers, innovativeness, and productivity. Moreover, positive work psychology concerns the influence and enhancement of motivation, initiative, engagement and commitment in employees - aspects that constitute an important competitive edge, especially in knowledge management companies and organizations.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Aug 2020
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