Research suggests that having motivated, engaged and satisfied staff can benefit the business bottom line – in short, happy workers are more productive. Based on this evidence many innovative companies like Zappos (‘Powered by Service’) in the United States and Cougar Automation (‘Real People – Real Solutions’) in the UK, as well as public sector bodies such as schools and health authorities, are now applying the new science of positive psychology to create stronger teams, develop inspirational leaders and make their organisations more successful.
My company, Workmad Ltd, was set up five years ago in response to the growing number of professional people wanting to know exactly what positive psychology is and how they themselves can benefit from applying it in the workplace. We know that psychological well-being is positively related to job performance, so it makes good business sense to keep your team motivated and engaged, maintain your resilience during times of change and increase your well-being. You will have noticed a huge increase in the nation’s optimism during the 2012 Olympics; it’s possible to maintain that feel-good factor and turn it into exceptional performance by applying positive psychology tools and techniques.
At Workmad we apply a strengths-based approach to engage and energise staff in today’s demanding economic environments. Using the acclaimed Strengthscope™ tool we identify and build on existing individual and team strengths, focussing on how they can be used to develop lasting resilience, as well as create the basis for effective team-building, inspirational leadership and personal development in the future. We work with organisations in the public sector as well as the private sector – for example teachers, psychologists, coaches, HR, finance and IT managers, and business leaders.
Using consulting, training and group facilitation, Bridget Grenville-Cleave and her team of associate trainers and coaches have worked with large organisations as well as smaller independent clients in a variety of industries.
Bridget is one of a handful of psychologists to have completed the MSc in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at the University of East London – the first qualification of its kind in Europe – in which she specialised in the well-being of organisations and professionals.
She is a founder member of the International Positive Psychology Association, an advisor to The Young Foundation’s Resilience Programme, and has written a regular column for the online journal Positive Psychology News Daily since 2007. She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, MBA (Open), and a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Bridget has written three books, the Happiness Equation (with Dr Ilona Boniwell, leader of the MAPP programme at UEL), The Facebook Manager (with Dr Jonathan Passmore, leader of the Executive Coaching programme at UEL) and Positive Psychology: A Practical Guide, which was published earlier this year.
Miriam holds the Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of East London. She is now an associate lecturer on the MAPP at UEL training up the next generation of positive psychologists.
With a background as a BBC producer, Miriam won the Medical Journalists’ Gold Award and a Sony Gold Award for her work at BBC Radio 4 and the Golden Gate Award for one of her Channel 4 social history programmes while working at Testimony Films. She is the co-author of three social history books and writes for newspapers, magazines and several websites.
She first came across positive psychology while making a Radio 4 programme on the science of happiness in the nineties. This led to a decade of research into the field and training in NLP and coaching to put the knowledge she’d acquired into practice with clients. She works with organisations predominantly in the education and health sectors as well as coaching, writing and giving talks on positive psychology.
Miriam is a member of the International Positive Psychology Association and the Centre for Applied Positive Psychology.
Andy Roberts MSc MAPP, BA (Hons), ACA, MSCEIT, YTTC. I trained first as an economist and worked in the field of Corporate Finance for over 14 years in the UK, US, Japan and Australia. In my second career I re-trained as a Life Coach, Yoga teacher and Massage therapist. I’ve had extensive experience teaching Wellbeing and Stress Management courses both in small groups and on a one to one basis.
I completed the Masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of East London in 2009. In addition I became an accredited Emotional Intelligence coach and trained with the Centre for Applied Positive Psychology in Strengths Coaching.
I also work on a part time basis as a volunteer for YourStory, a youth development charity. My passion is to help foster creativity, productivity and above all wellbeing and happiness in all areas of people’s lives, especially the workplace. To do this I have created imaginative training courses which fuse ideas from Life Coaching, Positive Psychology and Eastern philosophies.
Get in touch
If you would like more information about Workmad and about our Putting Positive Psychology To Work programmes for organisations, please get in touch:
Contact Bridget on +44(0)7740 635756, on Twitter @BridgetGC or email Bridget@Workmad.co.uk
Our clients include
- Alpro Soya
- Deutsche Bank
- Juniper Networks
- Gloucestershire County Council
- Haberdashers’ Aske’s Federation
- Lancashire County Council
- London Metropolitan University
- McGregor Boyall Associated Ltd
- Open University Business School
- Polkadot Solutions Ltd
- Richmond Towers Communications
- Southcot Services Ltd
- Thomson Reuters
- University of East London