The skinny: 1) Teaching the principles of positive psychology prepares managers to better deal with the challenges of a modern work environment. 2) Employee life satisfaction is a direct contributor to productivity and performance. 3) Even a short training on positive psychology will create clear Returns On Investment.
Background: In December of 2008 as the worldwide economic crisis was beginning to take shape, a 10-minute survey was administered to managers getting a baseline reading of 14 different metrics including stress, social support and optimism. Then, Achor delivered a three-hour training entitled “Positive Psychology: the Science of Happiness and Potential” to the 77 managers.
A week after the training, the survey was re-administered to the experimental group and compared with a control group (managers who did not go through the training but took the surveys). In April 2009, both groups were tested again. Even after four months, the group of trained managers showed significant increases to optimism and life satisfaction – one of the greatest predictors of performance and success.
Research has already found that employee life satisfaction is a direct contributor to productivity and performance; thus, a training that conclusively enhances this quality could have far-reaching implications. Lastly and most importantly, this research indicates that even a short training on positive psychology will create a clear and long lasting ROI — an indication that it may be increasingly important for companies to start training their employees on the skills of positive psychology.