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Putting positive psychology to work in organisations

Putting positive psychology to work in organisations
Putting positive psychology to work in organisations
This article takes positive psychology concepts from the domain of individual psychology and applies them to the workplace. The adaptation of the Approaches to Happiness Questionnaire (Seligman, 2002), developed by Martin Seligman, suggests that the three dimensions of pleasure, engagement and meaning are relevant to employees in the organisational context. In addition, Seligman´s (2002) classification of Character Strengths and Virtues is explored, and their relevance for workplace performance is discussed. The paper concludes by suggesting that positive psychology is a useful lens through which approaches to work and employee potential can be explored further and suggests some future research in the area.
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da Camara, Nuno
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Hillenbrand, Carola
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Money, Kevin
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da Camara, Nuno
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Hillenbrand, Carola
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da Camara, Nuno, Hillenbrand, Carola and Money, Kevin (2009) Putting positive psychology to work in organisations. Journal of General Management, 34 (3).

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This article takes positive psychology concepts from the domain of individual psychology and applies them to the workplace. The adaptation of the Approaches to Happiness Questionnaire (Seligman, 2002), developed by Martin Seligman, suggests that the three dimensions of pleasure, engagement and meaning are relevant to employees in the organisational context. In addition, Seligman´s (2002) classification of Character Strengths and Virtues is explored, and their relevance for workplace performance is discussed. The paper concludes by suggesting that positive psychology is a useful lens through which approaches to work and employee potential can be explored further and suggests some future research in the area.

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Published date: 2009
Organisations: Southampton Business School

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Local EPrints ID: 383444
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/383444
ISSN: 0306-3070
PURE UUID: f9ebec09-6d7c-46ff-99d6-d93e5d75ad39

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Last modified: 07 Jan 2022 21:44

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Author: Nuno da Camara
Author: Carola Hillenbrand
Author: Kevin Money

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