Positive Psychology at Work: Towards Flourishing Workplaces

14th – 16th of November 2023
Clarion Hotel Gillet, Uppsala, Sweden

Positive psychology at work: Towards flourishing workplaces 1

About this course

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.

Price information

The price of the course consists of the course fee of EUR 450
and the day package of choice.

Day package I

This package includes:

  • conference facilities and technical equipment
  • course material
  • coffees, lunches
  • dinners and the social program on Wednesday (A guided tour at the Uppsala Art Museum and dinner at restaurant Borgen).

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.

The total price of the course is EUR 1025 (course fee EUR 450 + day package fee EUR 575).

EUR 575

Day package II

This package includes:

  • conference facilities and technical equipment
  • course material
  • coffees and lunches.

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

The total price of the course is EUR 805 (course fee EUR 450 + day package fee EUR 355).

EUR 355


13th – 16th of November 2023 at Clarion Hotel Gillet, Uppsala, Sweden.

To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation directly to the hotel by calling +46 18 681800 or by email to cl.gillet@choice.se using the booking code: 015902 (available until 23.10.2023).

The room price for a single standard room is SEK 1495/night (approx. EUR 140) including breakfast.

The block reservation will be available until 23rd of October 2023. A booked hotel room can be cancelled free of charge until 18.00 the day before arrival.  

EUR 140 / night (approx.)

Course objectives

The purpose of the course is to present and discuss some key concepts – for example work engagement, positive leadership, and job crafting – in work life positive psychology. 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 relationship 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.

Subject background

Thanks to the rise of positive psychology, positive experiences of fulfillment and happiness are more often in focus in occupational work psychology, thus expanding the “traditional” topics such as loss, suffering, sickness and distress. The main focus of positive work psychology is the processes of human flourishing and optimal functioning, and how these processes relate to health, balance and meaningful lives. By understanding the basic elements of positive work psychology, we can gain a broader and a more holistic understanding of human beings. In work and organizational settings, positive psychology contributes to understand not only how to prevent disability and sick leave, but also to inspire strategies for promoting long term health, longer work careers, innovativeness, and productivity. Moreover, positive work psychology concerns the influence and enhancement of motivation, initiative, engagement and commitment in employees – aspects that constitute an important competitive edge, especially in knowledge management companies and organizations.

General course fee and cancellation information

The courses and workshops vary in price. Please note that the course fee does not cover meals or accommodation. The course fee and day-package fee are invoiced after the registration deadline.

Travel arrangements

Please refrain from booking any travel tickets until we have confirmed the course. The confirmation, which will be sent at the latest after the registration deadline, will include detailed information on the payment of the course fee and day-packages, as well as information on practical arrangements. Please note that you are not insured by NIVA.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations received by October, 10th 2023: full refund
Cancellations received by October, 10th 2023 or later: 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
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
email: jari.hakanen@ttl.fi

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

In practical matters, please contact:

Project Manager and Communications Advisor
Linda Oksanen
email: linda.oksanen@niva.org

Course leaders

Jari Hakanen

Jari Hakanen

  • Research professor, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, University of Helsinki, Finland
Maria Peeters

Maria Peeters

  • Professor, PhD, Utrecht University, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands


Jessica de Bloom

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Social Research, University of Tampere, Finland

Janne Kaltiainen

  • Specialist Researcher, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland

James Laub

  • Professor of Leadership Studies, Palm Beach Atlantic University, USA

Anne Birgitta Pessi

  • Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland

Wilmar Schaufeli

  • Professor, University of Leuven, Belgium & Utrecht University, The Netherlands

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