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Work Namaste: The Importance Of Mattering At Work, And How A Leader Can Create An Environment Where Employees Feel They And Their Work Matter, Rebecca J. Lamperski Aug 2018

Work Namaste: The Importance Of Mattering At Work, And How A Leader Can Create An Environment Where Employees Feel They And Their Work Matter, Rebecca J. Lamperski

Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects

The concept of mattering is an underdeveloped, yet important component of an employee’s success in the workplace, and personal well-being. Deficit-based leadership strategies employed by many organizations can break-down the ability for an employee to feel that they and their work matter, however, the focus by leaders on mattering can lead employees to feel: my leader is invested in my success, I am noticed, I am cared about, I am depended upon, I would be missed if I were not here, my leader is interested in what I say and do, I am appreciated, and I am noticed for ...


Living Your Calling In The Social Sector: A Theory About How To Thrive And Have A Lasting Impact In The World., Ilaina Rabbat Aug 2018

Living Your Calling In The Social Sector: A Theory About How To Thrive And Have A Lasting Impact In The World., Ilaina Rabbat

Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects

An important and overlooked group in the topic of calling is that comprising individuals who work in the social sector, defined as individuals devoted to advancing human dignity and social justice through advocacy, service, policy research, and/or impact investing at a local, national, and global level (Tirmizi & Vogelsang, 2016). Among this group, it is possible to distinguish between those that are experiencing mainly positive outcomes because of their calling—called calling thrivers—and those who are experiencing a combination of negative and positive outcomes, called calling survivors. The aim of the study is to understand the main differences between ...


Getting To The Heart Of It: Commitment At Work, Grace Cormier Aug 2016

Getting To The Heart Of It: Commitment At Work, Grace Cormier

Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects

Individuals are looking for purpose-driven work that resonates with who they are, is satisfying, and engaging. At the same time, organizations, necessarily driven by concerns over making profit, are looking to hire individuals who show up, perform consistently, and who have the organization’s best interests in mind. Though conceivably incongruent, what individuals and organizations are seeking is not dissimilar. Instead, when employees find work they can personally identify with and commit to, they are more likely to go above and beyond the call of duty, even when no one is watching. However, not all forms of commitment are created ...


Positive Psychology At Work: Psychological Capital And Thriving As Pathways To Employee Engagement, Ronald A. Levene Aug 2015

Positive Psychology At Work: Psychological Capital And Thriving As Pathways To Employee Engagement, Ronald A. Levene

Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects

As chief executive officers and corporate leaders around the globe seek to truly differentiate their organizations, employee engagement, when grounded in the principals of positive psychology and more deeply explored in positive organizational scholarship, offers a genuine solution. This paper defines employee engagement, its history and its grounding in positive psychology. Further it explains how two constructs, Psychological Capital and Thriving, provide a point of entry for organizations to increase the emergence of employee engagement. Finally, it discusses how the organization that leverages these two constructs as a means to enhance the engagement of their individual employees has the potential ...


The Evolution Of Business: Cultivating Flourishing For Organizations And Their Stakeholders, Andrew T. Brady Aug 2015

The Evolution Of Business: Cultivating Flourishing For Organizations And Their Stakeholders, Andrew T. Brady

Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects

Both biological and cultural evolution are delineated by dual, ongoing processes of differentiation and integration. Companies labeled as Firms of Endearment whose social consciousness blurs the distinction between for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, represent the positive deviants of evolution among organizations. The ongoing process of evolution creates non-zero-sum relationships that enable sustained organizational success while cultivating the flourishing of all stakeholders. By exploring the positive psychology and positive organizational scholarship research that can illuminate the mechanisms behind the success of these positive deviants, organizations can learn to evolve themselves through a process of differentiation and integration, while overcoming the trust and ...