Positive Psychology at Work: Towards flourishing workplaces

The critical questions at workplaces, realizing the importance of human resources for successful business, are related to enhancing utilization of human potential. How to develop workplaces, work tasks and social relationships at work to provide people with the best opportunities for self-fulfillment, growth and good performance? How to enhance individual resources and motivation at workplaces e.g. via leadership, so that employees will be creative, innovative, engaged, committed and productive at their work? And what can employees themselves do to make their jobs more engaging and meaningful? The topic of this course is to present some important concepts of positive psychology research at workplaces and to evaluate the added value of positive psychology at workplaces in practice.

Course objectives

The purpose of the course is to present and discuss some key concepts in work life positive psychology, for example work engagement, positive leadership, and job crafting. Focus will also be on practical measures and positive interventions building on the job and personal resources. The course aims to facilitate research as well as practice from a positive psychology perspective by:
1. Outlining theoretical relationships and associations between these concepts
2. Proposing and discussing methodological issues and effective and innovative intervention strategies.

Target group

Researchers and practitioners within occupational health and human resource management.

Course outline

Lectures are mixed with seminars and group work. Lecturers of the course will be present to guide the students during the whole duration of the course.

Main topics

Positive psychology as an approach especially in relation to work-life - work engagement, leadership issues, intrinsic motivation, positive interventions, job crafting, recovery etc.

Registration deadline

June 30th 2020



The price of the course consists of two parts:

1) The course fee of EUR 500 and

2) One of the following:

  • The day package I fee of EUR 485
  • The day package II fee of EUR 260
  • Day package

    Day package I

    The day package I price is 485 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees, lunches, dinners and the social program.

    The total price of the course is EUR 985 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 485).

    We strongly encourage you to take part in the social program, as this is a vital part of the NIVA course experience. We believe in the power of networking (between people) and strive to create an inspiring possibility for that through the social program.

    Day package II

    The day package II price is 260 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees and lunches.

    The total price of the course is EUR 760 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 260).

    Kindly note that the day package II does not include dinners nor the social program.

  • Accommodation

    NIVA has made a block reservation for the accommodation 31st of August – 3rd of September 2020 at Hotel Soria Moria, Oslo, Norway. To book a room from the block kindly contact the hotel directly by email to booking@soriamoria.no using the booking reference "1836596".(available until 1.7.2020).

    The room price for a single standard room is NOK 1525 (approx. EUR 154)/night (including breakfast).

    The block reservation will be available until 1st of July 2020.

  • Payment info

    Cancellations received by June, 30th 2020: full refund
    Cancellations received after June, 30th 2020: no refund

    The total price of the course will be invoiced after the registration deadline.

    The price is subject to minor changes.

Contact person

Course Leaders
Jari Hakanen
Research professor
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland
email: jari.hakanen@ttl.fi

Maria Peeters
Utrecht University, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
email: m.peeters@uu.nl

In practical matters, please contact:

Project Manager
Erika Lehtonen
email: erika.lehtonen@niva.org

Course venue

Hotel Soria Moria, Oslo, Norway


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Course Leaders

Jari Hakanen
Maria Peeters

General information

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