Earlier this summer we ran a successful summer series of workshops, diving into Emotional Intelligence and Character Strengths at Work.

"I really enjoyed both of the sessions we took with you. I liked the interactive activity about identifying strengths and sharing with my peers, a great opportunity to get ot know some people even better."

"I thought the classes were wonderful and got a lot out of them."

"Thank you! I thought your class was great-very helpful."

Thanks to all who came and participated. We are looking forward to seeing some of you back for our next summer session!

The Benefits of Soft-Skills Training Informed by Positive Psychology

Joe and Mary are coworkers who constantly fight with each other. Peter takes over at most team meetings while Lisa doesn’t seem to want to contribute her thoughts, ever. Randy makes employees cry at every performance review. Organization Y has a high staff turnover.

Joe and Mary’s ongoing conflict wastes time and energy they could otherwise be using to produce. Peter drowns out other employee’s contributions. Lisa’s creative ideas and valuable perspective remain unaccessed. Randy’s team is unmotivated and uninspired. And Organization Y is leaking time and money training a never-ending parade of replacement employees.

What do these scenarios have in common? Each scenario could be improved or solved with targeted soft-skills training. And, when taught properly within the framework of Positive Psychology, the improvements will create an enduring upward spiral of positivity and productivity in individuals, teams and organizations.

Research shows that organizations that invest in employee trainings that increase positivity among employees have a measurable return on investment, as well as better employee retention and satisfaction. Soft skills play an integral role in maximizing efficiency, effectiveness, creativity and relationships within every organization. Furthermore, improving soft skills will impact the attitude an individual employee brings to client, customer, co-worker, supervisor and industry-wide interactions.

AProPositive LLC offers positive psychology-informed training in the following areas:

  • Communication skills
  • Interpersonal negotiation skills
  • Conflict management skills
  • Meeting management
  • Change management
  • Psychological safety training
  • Manager coach skills building
  • Team building
  • Emotional intelligence training
  • Work engagement training

Training in any combination of these areas can increase personal accountability, collaboration, clear communication, adaptability, flexibility, and creativity and improve the interpersonal skills of your employees. Furthermore, developing positive attitudes and confidence in these areas will improve relationships, increase transparency, and lead to increased innovation, effectiveness and productivity organization-wide.

AProPositive can assist you with your organization's soft-skills training needs. Please visit our website at or email us at for further details and a menu of available trainings.

The Return on Investment of Positive Psychology Interventions

AProPositive inspires and trains individuals, teams, and organizations using the evidence-based practices and interventions of Positive Psychology to foster well-being and effectiveness. What are the concrete benefits for businesses and teams that take advantage of the strategies of Positive Psychology? Here are just a few examples of the return on investment:

  • Studies have shown that in business, increasing the happiness of employees raises outcomes, sales (37%), productivity (31%) and accuracy on tasks (19%) (Harvard Business Review, June 2011).

  • Businesses with high employee well-being also report greater customer loyalty, productivity and profitability. Additionally, Gallup studies repeatedly link positive outcomes to employee engagement—their day-to-day experience and enthusiasm for work.

  • In one study, Gallup found business departments in the top quartile on employee engagement averaged $80,000 to $120,000 higher sales revenue per month than less engaged units.