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​​​​​Positive Psychology in the Workplace Webinar Series​


Join us for a unique series of free, educational webinars on the topic of Positive Psychology presented by Dr. M. Gloria González-Morales​ of the University of Guelph​. Learn from current research and credible tools to create safe, healthy, productive and inclusive workplaces. ​

We spend most of our awake time working. Workplaces should not only be safe and healthy, but they should also be a place for people to grow and feel fulfilled. Positive Organizational Psychology focuses on workplace well-being to learn how to enrich of our work lives and the organizations that shape our society. It takes into account both the roles played by the individuals to lead their own development and by the organizations to create flourishing responsible workplaces.

These webinars will showcase ways that we, as individuals, can attain optimal psychological functioning and experience at work, and how healthy organizations and leaders facilitate the resources and conditions that need to be put in place for this to happen. The webinar series will cover how we can foster positive interactions and thriving communities through Positive Organizational Psychology. 

Many of our webinars qualify for professional education credit. Receive letters of attendance for small administrative fee of $15, or free for WWDPI members. If you missed a live webinar, but still need a certificate of attendance, our webinars on demand might be a right fit for you. We thank our program par tners, education advisory committee, and speakers who contribute to this webinar series. The series is partially funde​d by the Province of BC thro ugh the Community Gaming Grants.​

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​Upcoming Positive Psychology Series Webinars​​​​

Character Matters: Positive Psychology Applied to Leadership

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 10:00 AM PT, 1:00 PM ET

Part of our Positive Psychology in the Workplace series

When you ask people about what makes a good leader, you usually get multiple and diverse responses. Some affirm that good leaders were born with a "unique gift" that makes them influential (e.g., Charisma); while others affirm that people can learn to be a good leader. In this webcast, I will argue that our research suggest that the truth is somewhere in the middle: All humans have the innate potential to become leaders, but not everyone will. I plan to introduce the notion of "character" as collection of foundational personal resources that can enhance the exercise of leadership.​

You will learn:

  • What is character, and why it matters to good leadership
  • How eleven, interconnected personal resources (character dimensions) mutually inform each other
  • How the exercise of good judgment enables to tap on these eleven foundational resources so that leaders remain effective in the face of situational pressures
Take-home messages:
  • Leading with character is a habit of being; as such, it requires the daily exercise of virtue.
  • Character matters: The eleven character dimensions have been related to positive results for leaders, both personal and professional
  • Character can be trained and developed. As such, our model provides an inclusive approach to leading self, others and the organization.​


​​​​​Lucas Monzani, PhD​

Assistant Professor, Organizational Behaviour, Ivey Business School, Canada

Dr. Monzani is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at Ivey Business School (Canada). Previously, he was a lecturer in Leadership at the Graduate School of Management of Plymouth University (United Kingdom). Also, he is an associate researcher at both the Institute for Organizational Development and Quality of Work Life of the University of Valencia (Spain) and the and Center for Leadership and Behavior in Organizations at Goethe University (Frankfurt, Germany). Dr. Monzani completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at the Ivey Business School of Western Ontario University (Canada). He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology of Human Resources by the University of Valencia and is an Erasmus Mundus Master in Work, Organizational, and Personnel Psychology.
His research interest lies within advanced concepts in organizational behavior, such as exemplary leadership, commitment to lead, and other topics bridging neuropsychology with Organizational behavior. Whenever possible, Lucas Monzani combines his research activities with his professional practice as an executive consultant. He has extensive experience in wide array of topics of corporate life, such as leadership potential assessment & development, executive coaching, advanced recruitment & selection techniques, virtual team-building. As a consultant, Dr. Monzani contributed to several leadership development projects within the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) of the United Nations.


Co-Moderator:

​​​​​M. Gloria González-Morales, PhD​

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Guelph, Canada, and Research Director of the Occupational Health and Positive Psychology Lab, and co-founder of the Centre for Workers' Health and Well-Being. 




​​​Recorded Webinars​​​​

Workplace Positive Psychology Exercises: An Evidence-Based Guide to Implementation​

Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 11 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET

Part of our Positive Psychology in the Workplace series

Workplace positive psychology exercises are relatively simple practices that can be incorporated into daily life and have the potential to benefit the well-being of individual employees and the organizations of which are they are a part. This webinar will review the repertoire of individual-level positive psychology exercises that have been adapted for use in the workplace and provide guidance on how to effectively implement them in practice. Exercises reviewed will include: job crafting, gratitude, acts of kindness, and the reflected best self exercise. The guidance offered will address practical limitations as well as caveats from researchers throughout this practitioner-oriented webinar.  

You will learn

  • To identify the various types of workplace positive psychology practices that have been evaluated by researchers
  • To follow guidelines for implementing specific evidence-based workplace positive psychology practices as a complement to more foundational ways of addressing employee well-being.
  • To carefully consider personal and organizational factors that may impact the effectiveness of these practices and their ability to cultivate more lasting changes.

Take-home messages:

  • Employees and organizations have a wide range of positive psychology exercises to choose from in the workplace based on their needs and preferences
  • Workplace positive psychology practices are not "one-size-fits-all"
  • Guidance from relevant research findings can help to shape the effective implementation of positive psychology practices in organizations.


​​​​​Carolyn Winslow, PhD​

Industrial/organizational Psychologist, Applied Researcher, and Consultant, Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Carolyn Winslow is an industrial/organizational psychologist, applied researcher, and consultant at the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces at the University of California, Berkeley, whose mission is to integrate and apply interdisciplinary sciences to achieve worker well-being. Her  program of research at the Center focuses on understanding and improving employee psychological well-being, with a focus on identifying ways of promoting positive emotional experiences at work and its subsequent effects on valued organizational outcomes. She has experience designing positive psychology programs and interventions for implementation in a variety of organizational settings, and is passionate about using science to inform evidence-based organizational policies and practices that contribute to the health, happiness, and performance of employees. Beyond employee well-being, she has also conducted research on a variety of other organizational psychology topics relevant to well-being, including workforce diversity and inclusion, effective organizational leadership, team performance processes. Her research has been published in top psychology journals, including the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, the Journal of Business and Psychology, and the Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior. She currently serves on the Healthy Work Design and Well-Being Cross-Sector Council as a part of the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA).  She received her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from George Mason University in 2017.​


Co-Moderator:

​​​​​M. Gloria González-Morales, PhD​

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Guelph, Canada, and Research Director of the Occupational Health and Positive Psychology Lab, and co-founder of the Centre for Workers' Health and Well-Being. 



Employee Well-being Interventions: What Does the Science Show Actually Works (and Doesn't)

Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET

Part of our Positive Psychology in the Workplace series

​​​There is much buzz surrounding workplace wellness programs in the media these days. But, how much of what we see and read is really supported by science? And what are the evidence-based best practices to follow in designing and implementing these programs? This webinar will address those questions while providing you with practical suggestions for making your programs work.

You will learn

  • Best practice strategies for designing, implementing, and evaluating workplace wellness programs
  • Best practice strategies for recruiting and retaining wellness program participants 

Take-home messages

  • Not everything we see and read about workplace wellness programs is backed by science.
  • Following evidence-based practices is important for increasing the likelihood that the program will deliver intended benefits.​

Seth Kaplan, PhD

Associate Professor, Industrial/ Organizational Psychology, George Mason University

Seth Kaplan is an associate professor of industrial/ organizational psychology at George Mason University.  He has developed and evaluated several programs designed to improve the experience of work, especially in the public sector.  Seth's research on workplace well-being has appeared in various journals including Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Applied Psychology and Journal of Management, and has been funded by sources such as the Army Research Institute. He serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Business and Psychology and as an editorial board member of three additional journals.  He earned his B.S. from the University of Florida and his master’s and doctorate degrees in industrial/organizational psychology from Tulane University in New Orleans, USA. Other than trying to improve the experience work, Seth's other great pleasure is his 8-year old son.​


Co-Moderator:

​​​​​M. Gloria González-Morales, PhD​

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Guelph, Canada, and Research Director of the Occupational Health and Positive Psychology Lab, and co-founder of the Centre for Workers' Health and Well-Being. 



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Positive Psychology and Work Stress: When Stressors Make you Grow​

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET​

Part of our Positive Psychology in the Workplace series

We are running around saying that we are ‘so busy’ and ‘stressed out’. Workloads are overwhelming and we feel like drowning in a sea of hindering work tasks. But there are times that we feel like we are up to the challenge of the next project. We look for ways to make our job more interesting and inspiring and we jump at the opportunity of taking on more responsibility or joining a new team. Those are exciting situations, ‘challenge stressors’, that signal for us that there is an opportunity to learn and grow. This webinar will describe the basics of the stress experience, and explain how can we set up workplaces to promote challenges and minimize hindrances.

You will learn:
  • That both demands and res​ources are important in relation to our perceptions of stress and our stress response
  • ​​How sources of stress in the workplace can be perceived as irrelevant, positive or stressful stressors.
  • How workplace demands can be challenging stressors that provide us with opportunities to grow, or hindering stressors that threaten our growth, leading to different job attitudes and performance levels.
Take-home messages:
  •  When we perceive stressors as opportunities to grow, we feel more committed to our organizations.
  • Feeling supported and valued by our organizations can help us see job responsibilities as opportunities to learn and grow.
  • Organizational resources are essential to promote a healthy workplace where employees can grow and flourish.
  • Caring for employee’s wellbeing includes providing challenging and inspiring work tasks.​​

​​​​​M. Gloria González-Morales, PhD​

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Guelph, Canada, and Research Director of the Occupational Health and Positive Psychology Lab, and co-founder of the Centre for Workers' Health and Well-Being. 

Dr. M. Gloria González-Morales is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Guelph, Canada, and the Research Director of the Occupational Health and Positive Psychology Lab, and co-founder of the Centre for Workers' Health and Well-Being. 

Her research has been funded with scholarships and grants, including a prestigious Fulbright scholarship and funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. Her studies involve the disciplines of occupational health psychology and positive organizational psychology and focuses on stress, work-life issues, victimization, incivility and civility, and positive organizational interventions to enhance well-being and performance.  

She is Associate Editor of Work & Stress Journal, and her research has been published in some of the world's top-ranked Psychology outlets such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Work & Stress and Journal of Organizational Behavior. In addition, she serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Occupational Health PsychologyStress & HealthAnxiety, Stress & Coping and Occupational Health Science.  She has been recently awarded the 2017 best paper award of the European Journal of Work and Organisational Psychology for her research on respite workplace interventions to foster employee well-being.

Dr. González-Morales has more than 10 years of experience consulting for organizations from different sectors (i.e., government, healthcare, hospitality, non-for profit, energy, manufacturing). The last 7 years, as executive director of Organization & Management Solutions, she has led more than 20 consulting projects in diverse areas of practice: competency modeling and recruitment & selection systems, organizational development & change, needs analysis, performance management systems, engagement surveys, leadership & team development and training. ​


Co-Moderator:

Jamie Gruman, PhD

Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Department of Management, University​ of Guelph





Positive Psychology in the Workplace​

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET​

Part of our Positive Psychology in the Workplace series

In this webinar Dr. Gruman will introduce you to positive psychology and its applications in the workplace. He will also discuss his newly published book entitled Boost: The Science of Recharging Yourself in an Age of Unrelenting Demands, which summarizes the research on how we can use our leisure time to most successfully recharge our batteries. He will present his ReNU model of effective recovery, and provide specific, actionable steps we can all take to promote our health, happiness, enhance our performance, and overcome the fatigue that plagues contemporary workplaces.

You will learn

  • What positive psychology and positive organizational psychology are
  • How positive psychology differs from pop psychology
  • Approaches to applying positive psychology principles in your personal life
  • Ways to begin implementing positive psychology principles to build thriving organizations
  • How to 'boost' and fully recharge your drained personal batteries

Take home messages

  • Positive psychology is a science
  • Positive psychology is not about being happy all the time
  • Trying to be happy all the time can backfire
  • You can make changes in your life to help you lead the "best life" possible
  • Organizations can be built to foster healthy interactions and thriving communities
  • Knowing how to use your leisure time effectively can make you happier, healthier, and more effective at your tasks

Jamie Gruman, PhD

Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Department of Management, University of Guelph

Dr. Jamie Gruman is a Professor and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Management at the University of Guelph. He is also the Founding Chair of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association, an organization whose mandate is to improve people's lives by teaching them about the science of the good life. ​
Dr. Gruman is an award-winning researcher. He has published papers in some of the world's top-ranked business journals and is lead editor of the world's market-leading textbook on Applied Social Psychology. He is also the co-author of Boost: The Science of Recharging Yourself in an Age of Unrelenting Demands.
His work on topics related to positive psychology has appeared in academic journals such as Canadian Psychology, Human Resource Management Review, and Industrial and Organizational Psychology, in addition to books such as The Handbook of Employee Engagement, Advances in Positive Organizational Psychology, and The Cambridge Handbook of Workplace Training and Employee Development.
His research and writing have been reported by media outlets around the globe such the Deccan Chronicle in India, 36KR in China, and the Khaleej Times in Dubai. In the United States he has appeared in Time magazine, NBC News, Oprah Magazine, Inc Magazine, and Fast Company, among other outlets. In Canada he has been featured and quoted across the country in print and online in magazines such as MoneySense, Canadian Business, and Chatelaine, trade journals such as HR Professional, Canadian HR Reporter, and Public Sector Digest, and newspapers in every major Canadian city.
He has also appeared on CTV's Canada AM, Global News, Report on Business Television, CBC's The National, and has been syndicated on CBC radio.
In addition to speaking at numerous conferences, including those of the Conference Board of Canada, and TEDx, Dr. Gruman has consulted and delivered seminars for Fortune 500 corporations, public, and not-for-profit organizations including General Motors, Departments and Agencies of the Government of Canada, and the Children's Wish Foundation. ​

Co-Moderator:

​​​​​M. Gloria González-Morales, PhD​

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Guelph, Canada, and Research Director of the Occupational Health and Positive Psychology Lab, and co-founder of the Centre for Workers' Health and Well-Being. 






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