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Professional Certificate in The Science of Happiness at Work

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Course Overview

People who are happier at work are more committed to their organization, rise to positions of leadership more rapidly, are more productive and creative, and suffer fewer health problems. More and more, research is suggesting that happiness should not be an afterthought for workplaces; it should be an essential goal, entwined with the kinds of 21st century skills that are key to individual and organizational success today. But how can you increase happiness at work within yourself and across your organization?
In the Science of Happiness at Work Professional Certificate program, you will learn the hallmarks and benefits of a happy workplace, and you’ll come away with concrete, research-based strategies you can implement—individually or in teams—to boost your own emotional wellbeing, support the well-being of colleagues and employees, and foster a workplace culture of happiness. All lessons in the program are based on the most up-to-date scientific research, particularly from the fields of psychology, business, and neuroscience.
During this 5-day certified programme, attendees will explore the science of happiness at work; understand the key principles that must be in place for employees to feel valued and then to give their best; and they will leave ready to implement the framework and tools that they will have learned are essential for the creation of a happy work cultural environment.
In completing this program, you’ll not only be better equipped to identify the level of happiness within your organization and help colleagues understand why happiness is a worthwhile goal. You’ll also be equipped to support engagement and productivity within your organization and strengthen your sense of belonging, purpose, meaning, and satisfaction—not only at the office but in your life as a whole.

Key Takeaways

The research-based benefits of experiencing happiness at work, for both individuals and organizations as a whole
How to evaluate the level of happiness in an organization
Concrete strategies for boosting happiness and resilience to stress
How to build more cooperative and collaborative workplace relationships
How to lead with social and emotional intelligence

University of California, Berkeley
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The University of California, Berkeley, was chartered in 1868, and its flagship campus — envisioned as a City of Learning — was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Berkeley faculty consists of 1,629 full-time and 896 part-time faculty members dispersed among more than 130 academic departments and more than 100 interdisciplinary research units. Berkeley alumni have received 31 Nobel prizes, and there are nine Nobel Laureates, and four Pulitzer Prize winners among the current faculty. BerkeleyX supports the development and global distribution of online education programs using the edX Platform. Since joining the edX consortium in 2012, UC Berkeley has offered more than 100 classes to 4 million learners from 150 countries and regions, around the world. BerkeleyX offers Professional Certificates, MicroMasters, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS).

Course Outline

The Foundations of Happiness at Work
This module explains what happiness at work looks like, why it matters, and how to cultivate it. It begins by defining happiness and making the case that happiness at work improves the performance of individual employees and organizations as a whole, increasing innovation, productivity, engagement, retention, and the quality of their work. It then explores the key factors that empirical research has linked to workplace happiness, zeroing in on practices such as gratitude, developing a strong sense of purpose, and forming authentic, cooperative connections with others. The course will also highlight common barriers to workplace happiness, both at the individual and cultural level. Finally, the course presents a practical framework for workplace happiness and explores accessible techniques for: a) evaluating happiness in an organization, b) creating an effective strategy to increase workplace happiness, and c) implementing that strategy in your own work life, within your team, or across the culture of your organization, with special tips for workplace leaders.
How to be happy with others at work?
  • The grateful workplace​
  • Making kindness work for you​
  • The role of empathy and compassion at work​
  • Handling conflict at work
​How to create a happy workplace?
  • Outsmarting the power paradox​
  • Organization with purpose​
  • An engaged organization​
  • Organizational resilience​
  • A culture of kindness at work
Mindfulness and Resilience to Stress at Work
Stress, anxiety, and burnout are rampant across workplaces today: 80 percent of workers feel stress on the job, and nearly half say they need help learning how to manage it. While many organizations may assume that intense stress is unavoidable, even admirable, research suggests that too much stress is toxic to our health and performance, leading to burnout and harming the culture of organizations as a whole. This module offers research-based strategies for building resilience to stress and fortifying our well-being in the face of challenges. It explains the biological and psychological impact of stress, helps you distinguish between harmful and helpful forms of stress at work, and provides strategies for handling stress in healthy and productive ways. The module zeroes in on the practice of mindfulness, the moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, and sensations that comes without judging those thoughts and feelings as good or bad. In recent years, there has been a surge in scientific research on mindfulness, with many studies documenting the value and advantages of fostering mindfulness in workplace settings. This course covers the landscape of mindfulness science, explains why it’s relevant to modern workplaces, and describes how it can be effectively folded into your workplace, drawing on case studies from several major companies that have implemented their own mindfulness programs.
Introduction to Mindfulness

Psychometric profiling​

  • Understanding yourself​
  • Interacting with others​

Relevance to the workplace​

  • Colleagues​
  • Customers​

Fostering mindfulness​

  • How to implement​
  • Maintenance
Impact of Stress

Nature of stress​

  • Individuals​
  • Teams​
  • Positive​
  • Negative​
  • Resilience​
  • Handling stress​
  • Minimizing stress​
Empathy and Emotional Intelligence at Work
One of the key insights from the science of happiness is that our own personal happiness depends heavily on our relationships with others. By tuning into the needs of other people, we actually enhance our own emotional well-being. The same is true within organizations: those that foster trusting, cooperative relationships are more likely to have a more satisfied, engaged—and more productive and innovative—workforce, with greater employee loyalty and retention. This module delves into the social and emotional skills that sustain positive relationships at work. It highlights the foundational and related skills of empathy and emotional intelligence, also known as EQ, which refers to the skills of identifying and regulating our own feelings, tuning into the feelings of others and understanding their perspectives, and using this knowledge to guide us toward constructive social interactions. Drawing on research and real-world case studies, the module reveals how honing these skills promotes well-being within an organization, supporting everything from good management—managers high in empathy, for example, have employees who report being happier and take fewer sick days—to more effective teamwork, problem solving, and recovery from setbacks. The module also explains the psychological and neuroscientific roots of cooperative, compassionate behaviors, making the case that these are not just “soft” skills but core aspects of human nature that serve basic human needs as well as the bottom line. What’s more, it offers practical ways to strengthen empathy, trust, and collaboration among teams and resolve conflicts more constructively—with a special emphasis on how socially intelligent leadership can build cultures of belonging and engagement.

A culture of caring:​

  • Sympathy​
  • Insight​
  • Empathy​
  • Trust​

Internal Impacts​

  • Attraction​
  • Retention​

External Benefits​

  • Loyalty​
  • Satisfaction​
  • Advocacy
Emotional Intelligence​
  • Discover your feelings​
  • Systems Thinking​
  • EQ:IQ​
  • Social Interactions​
  • Conflict Resolution​
  • Leadership in EQ

Who Should Attend?

This highly practical and interactive course has been specifically designed for
This course is designed to help drive a more productive and successful organisation.
Attendees typically come from the Human Resources team, but many organisations now have C-suite Happiness at Work officers whose sole responsibility is to improve the working culture and environment. Often, they lack the knowledge about the underlying causes and in particular need help in devising the strategy for their own institution.
This course is relevant to individuals at any stage of their happiness at work journey and provides certification which is valuable in their continuing personal and professional development.

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