Marcela Almeida Alves
Marcela Almeida Alves

Invited Paper: Promoting Wellbeing and Health at Workplaces: Developing an online version of BeST Programme

Marcela Almeida Alves with Prof Stephen Palmer & Prof Maria João Gouveia

Positive Psychology movement, especially Positive Organizational Behaviour and Positive Organization Scholarship, bring to companies the knowledge and practices that facilitate Flourishing at work. Evidence-based interventions can contribute to more effective organizational practices. BeST Programme: Promoting Wellbeing and Health at Workplace was designed to test the effectiveness of a Positive Coaching Psychology Intervention to promote psychological flourishing at work. The initial results were promising. However, in times of the pandemic crisis, the Programme development requires a review to adjust and adapt the methodology to the new reality. The content of the original Programme is based on facilitating character strengths, healthy lifestyles and mindful behaviour. All of them are important variables in face of the “new normal”. Strengths like creativity, perspective, bravery, zest, perseverance, hope, spirituality, kindness, prudence, leadership and others are more than ever challenged. Workers and enterprises need to be prepared to find and activate these characteristics in order to cope well with the circumstances and keep alive the ability to thrive. This paper describes the online intervention and the qualitative data of the BeST Programme.

Marcela Almeida Alves is a Clinical, Occupational Health, Coaching Psychologist and Psychoterapist. PhD Student at ISPA – Instituto Universitário, Lisbon. Founder Director of Human Business Potential. Effective Member of Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses (Nº 018883). Registered EuroPsy Psychologist (PT-050459-201907). Associate Member of European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology. International Affiliate Member of the American Psychological Association (Nº 00192979). Member of the International Society for Coaching Psychology MISCP (Nº 1885).

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