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Flourishing at Work Survey


Our original academic research shows that for individuals to flourish they need to feel a combination of six things: Valuable, Autonomous, Challenged, Passionate, Safe and Connected. Our data also shows what tends to enable or inhibit these feelings.

We recently teamed up with London Metropolitain University to conduct a Flourishing at Work survey to help build upon our reseach and help with the development of our Flourishing at Work tool, with everyone who took part being entered into a prize draw to win £50 of wellbeing books.

Our winner, Alexandra, chose the following books:

Martin Seligman – Authentic Happiness

The Mind Gym – Relationships

Barbara Fredrickson – Love 2.0

Carol Dweck – Mindset

Barbara Fredrickson – Positivity

Here Alexandra shares some insights about flourishing at work and why she completed the survey:

Q. What did you think of the survey?

A. This survey made me realise that my manager doesn't always handle situations in the best way possible. She rarely gives feedback and she does little to encourage the team to work together. However, despite this I am doing my job well and I'm satisfied with what I do.

Q. What encouraged you to take part?

A. I studied psychology and I am interested in the subject, moreover, I recently heard about positive psychology and I find it interesting and useful in day to day life.

Q. What do you do for a living?

A. I work as a psychopedagogist with children who have conditions such as autism and down syndrome.

Q. When are you at your best at work?

A. When I see the results of my work with the children, when their parents are happy with what we have done and when my manager gives me positive feedback and when I communicate with my colleagues.

Q. What made you choose the books that you did?

A. I chose them because they are related to positive psychology, they are relatively new books and they resonate with my interests in personal development.

Q. Do you use any strategies for staying positive, both at work and at home? If so, what are they?

A. I try to keep my balance in any situation, to see both sides and to consider solutions that could be applied in the situation. Thinking positive is a strategy, whilst also trying to detach emotionally. Humour is also useful in most situations.

Many thanks to everyone who took part in the survey.

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you get your staff flourishing at work, take a look at details of our taster workshop running later this month.


+1 #1 Michaela Shaw 2013-09-13 08:26
Might I also suggest a new book which is about positive psychology. It's called The Flourish Handbook and is hugely practical (with worksheets, to-do lists, planners and so on). It's based on flourishing and the five pillars of well-being and has the tagline: How to achieve happiness with staying power, boost your well-being, enjoy your life more and reach your potential. I'm currently halfway through it and am already feeling it's positive impact. Has a section on finding your forte/pursuing your purpose in terms of enjoying your work as well as your life too. Great book. See http://www.FlourishHandbook/flourish-handbook

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