16 May Which Are The Wisest Workplace Wellbeing Interventions?
Although my writings and presentations cover all aspects of happiness and wellbeing, the reality is that much of my work focuses on … work.
That is … happiness at work; or more accurately, workplace wellbeing.
Whatever you call it, creating a positive workplace culture and fostering health and wellbeing in all areas of our lives is important, and beneficial, for all involved.
Which is why I’m happy to share this great article by Dr Michelle McQuaid from Psychology Today …
Helping employees care for their wellbeing at work is challenging and complex. Our wellbeing habits, attitudes, and actions spread through a complicated web of social connections at the individual, team, and organizational level. As a result, there isn’t one magic solution that works for everybody. So, how can choose the interventions we invest in wisely?
“Wise interventions anticipate the questions that reasonably come up for all of us in our day-to-day lives. Then, they help people to find answers that are authentic, adaptive, and help them make progress in the face of whatever challenges they are facing,” explained Professor Greg Walton from Stanford University when we interviewed him recently. “They aren’t necessarily ‘good’ or ‘effective’ or ‘the best’ interventions. They are simply psychologically wise because they anticipate all kinds of common questions people ask like: Can I do it? Or am I reaching the edge of my abilities? Am I excluded, disrespected, devalued? Am I a good person?”
Studies have found that wise interventions underscore three essential lessons that we often overlook when it comes to caring for wellbeing in workplaces, namely that:
- Specific psychological processes play a critical role in the unfolding of our behavior in the social world;
- These processes can be altered in precise ways; and
- Doing so can lead to significant and lasting personal and social improvement.
For example, one of the main insights from Greg’s research is that our behavior stems from how we make sense of ourselves and social situations. This meaning-making is guided by three basic motivations …
… keep reading the full & original article HERE