Practicing Positivity


Recent research suggests there is a strong correlation between employee well-being and their personal performance. The performance of an organization, and its productivity, is therefore dependent on its employees’ wellbeing. Yet, not all senior managers understand the link between well-being and ROI (returns on investment).

Well-being means different things to different people. However, when it comes to organisational performance, it is not just about physical well-being but of the emotional and mental wellbeing of employees.

Overall an individual’s well-being is dependent on the positivity of the individual. And the well-being of the organisation is dependent on the collective positivity of its people. Positive work cultures minimise the risks of staff feeling demotivated or unwell due to stress – and therefore creates a healthier organisation (Download Professor Derek Mowbray's Well-being and Performance Agenda).

Positive Work Cultures are cultures that promote well-being as part of the bloodstream of the organisation and are based on commitment, trust and engagement between managers and staff. And these cultures have a tremendous impact on ROI. For e.g. Dr Martin P Seligman’s study of 600 organisations cites that positivity can:

  • Increase team profitability by 40%;
  • Increase productivity by 38%
  • Lower turnover by as much as 50%.

The effects of negativity are also measurable. Data from Gallup reveals that in 2005, negativity was costing Singapore and Singapore businesses as much as between S$4.9 and 6.7 billion. In the US, it is estimated organisations lose up to US S$3 billion a year. What is that number in your organization? Your Industry? Your country?

When negativity affects productivity or profitability, your company has a serious problem. Whether the cause of the negativity is internal (the personality and communication style of the individual, inherent organisational culture), external (state of the economy, news about the industry), or a combination of the two, the results can be devastating.

Positive environments are performance enhancers. They are characterized by higher productivity, less turnover and more resilient cultures. By creating a positive culture in your organization and helping employees create a positive mindset the organization gains a huge competitive advantage.

So can positivity be trained? Absolutely.

Just like how all muscles in our body can be trained to be stronger and more resilient, so can our “positivity” muscles. All that is needed is awareness. Awareness of when we are being negative with our thoughts, feelings and actions, when others around us are promoting negativity.

We then need to apply easy techniques to “reset” the negativity to positivity. These techniques can also be in terms of group practices which then become a team culture and very soon – organizational culture.

All your employees can learn to be more positive, which has a ripple effect and creates a positive culture in the organization. Engaged and happy employees stay longer and contribute more.

Practicing Positivity is an experiential workshop that teaches individuals tools and techniques that enable them to be more positive.

This workshop is based on the principles of Positive Psychology, Emotional Intelligence and Neuro-Linguistic programming (NLP).

By attending this programme, participants will:

  • Develop a more positive attitude. A positive attitude is a performance enhancer – leading to higher productivity from the individual as well as teams that they lead or belong to.
  • Become more resilient i.e. develop the ability able to bounce back from setbacks and respond faster to change, so that they are more adaptable to the constantly changing business environment. This will enable them to see and respond to more opportunities, improve revenue and efficiency for the organization and be agile in problem solving.
  • Become positive leaders, creating an environment for their teams and co-workers where there is higher engagement, and therefore lower attrition and lower human resource costs

Brief programme outline

  • Impact of Negativity
    • The Business Impact - Data & Evidence
  • Benefits of Positivity
    • The Business Impact - Data & Evidence
  • Patterns of Behaviour
    • The WHY we respond the Way we Do and how to change it
  • Starting out Positively – How to set Compelling goals
  • The Power of Beliefs and Building Resources
  • Positive Mindset
    • Zero Doubt philosophy
  • Strategies towards Positivity – Resetting people and difficult situations
  • Create a culture of Celebration
  • Individual and Organizational Action Plan

Target Audience

This programme applies to all employees and can be customized as per the level. We recommend that managers go through the programme first, before their staff attends.