Gratitude & Well-Being at Work


When was the last time you felt truly appreciated at work? How often do you say “thank you” to a colleague, supervisor, or employee?

Research suggests that expressing and receiving gratitude at work makes people feel happier and more fulfilled, cooperative, motivated, and effective. Yet they report being less likely to experience or express gratitude at work than anyplace else: Only 10 percent of Americans say they express gratitude to their colleagues every day, and 60 percent say they never or very rarely express gratitude at work.

That’s why this day of Gratitude & Well-Being at Work is so timely. 

Discover how to lead your workplace out of the lack-of-gratitude rut with a keynote by Robert Emmons, the world's leading scientific expert on gratitude, along with presentations by gratitude researchers Amie Gordon and Ryan Fehr and real-life advice from workplace leaders at Globoforce, Facebook, Pixar, and others who have developed and tested innovative ways to foster cultures of appreciation.

The event will both raise awareness about the scientific benefits of gratitude and spread research-based ideas for how to promote gratitude within workplaces. Attending will be invaluable to managers, HR or employee wellness staff, and other workplace innovators or mental health professionals—indeed, to anyone looking for research-based strategies to improve the well-being of individuals and the culture of organizations.

5 continuing education credit hours available for psychologists and other health professionals. See continuing education for more details.

  • Robert Emmons

    Robert Emmons

    Robert Emmons is arguably the world’s leading expert on the science of gratitude. He is the author of over 200 original publications in peer‑reviewed journals or chapters and has written or edited five books, including Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier and The Little Book of Gratitude.

    Since earning his Ph.D. in personality psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana‑Champaign, Dr. Emmons has been a leader in positive psychology and a pioneer in the study of gratitude, serving as the founding editor and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology. His research on gratitude and happiness has been featured in dozens of popular media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, NPR, and PBS.

  • Ryan Fehr

    Ryan Fehr

    Ryan Fehr is an Associate Professor of Management at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. His research interests include positive organizational scholarship, ethics and morality, and leadership. He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland.

    Ryan's research has received multiple best paper awards from the Academy of Management, has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security. In addition to his research experience, Ryan has served as a consultant for numerous organizations including Mercer Human Resources, the University of Washington Hospital System, and Pascal Metrics. 

  • Amie Gordon

    Amie Gordon

    Amie Gordon, postdoctoral scholar at UCSF's Center for Health and Community, studies the unique roles that prosocial emotions, cognitions, and behaviors (e.g., gratitude, perspective-taking, responsiveness to a partner’s needs) play in promoting healthy relationships, as well as the psychological, physiological, and biological factors that undermine such qualities. Dr. Gordon also examines sleep and seeks to identify the ways in which lack of sleep hurts our social world, such as by making us less grateful. 

  • Kate MacAleavey

    Kate MacAleavey

    Kate MacAleavey is an expert in the area of positive psychology and positive organizational psychology and utilizes a strengths based model to increase job satisfaction, employee commitment, trust, engagement and many more important psychological traits. 

    She is currently an organizational designer at management consulting firm The Ready and was previously Learning and Development Partner at Facebook. Kate has a M.A. in Positive Organizational Psychology and Evaulation and an MBA, both from Claremont Graduate University. 

  • Lynette Silva

    Lynette Silva

    Lynette Silva is a Senior Recognition Strategist for Globoforce and a researcher in the WorkHuman Research Institute. She is passionate about creating more human work environments by helping millions of employees feel noticed, valued and appreciated for what they do and who they are. She provides organizations with the supporting industry trends and best practices often needed to consider the many aspects of what it means to make work more human, validate their social recognition strategy and approach, and achieve success. 

     

  • 8:30-9:00 am

    Registration and Check-in

  • 9:00-10:20

    Welcome
    What Is Gratitude and Why Practice It at Work?
    Keynote by Robert Emmons, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
    Mike Robbins, author of Focus on the Good Stuff: The Power of Appreciation

  • 10:20-10:40

    Break

  • 10:40-11:45

    Gratitude Myths and Challenges: Why it can be hard to practice gratitude at work, and why it’s worth it
    Lynette Silva, Globoforce
    Amie Gordon, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco

  • 11:45-1:00 pm

    Lunch (provided)

  • 1:00-2:00

    The Hows of Gratitude at Work: Different forms gratitude can take in the workplace
    Ryan Fehr, University of Washington
    Kate MacAleavey, Facebook

  • 2:00-2:20

    Break

  • 2:20-3:20

    Breakouts Sessions: Gratitude practices and trainings

    Workshop Leaders:
    Stephanie Pollack, Culture of Apprecitation
    Leigh Threlkel, Pixar
    Jessica Armategui, VM Ware
    Peter Bonanno, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute
    Lynette Silva, Globoforce

  • 3:20-3:35

    Break

  • 3:35-4:15

    Presenting top ideas generated by the GGSC’s OpenIDEO Challenge on Gratitude in the Workplace, co-hosted with OpenIDEO

  • 4:15-5:00

    Building Cultures of Gratitude & Appreciation

  • 5:00-7:00

    Reception in Gallery

Attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the scientific definition of gratitude
  • Explain the mental and physical benefits of gratitude
  • Identify strategies for cultivating gratitude on an individual and organizational level
  • Explain how gratitude can enhance relationships within an organization

The Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture main campus entrance is off Marina Blvd at Buchanan Street. 

The day will begin at the Center's Cowell Theatre; lunch and the evening reception will take place in the Center's Gallery 308. Signage at the event will direct you to breakout sessions.

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture is served by the following MUNI lines: 
28, 30, 30X, 43, 47 and 49.

In addition, Golden Gate Transit stops at the intersection of Lombard and Fillmore Streets.

FROM THE EAST BAY

Bay Bridge to Fremont Street Exit; on Fremont (100 yards north) take first right on Howard; left on Embarcadero & go 2 miles; left on Bay, about 2 miles. Turn right on Buchanan. Cross Marina Blvd. & sharp right into Fort Mason Center. 

FROM THE NORTH BAY

Golden Gate Bridge (US 101) to Marina Exit; go 1.5 miles. Turn left at Buchanan & turn right into Fort Mason Center.

FROM THE PENINSULA / SOUTH BAY

US 101 North to 9th St. Exit; 9th across Market & left on Hayes; right on Franklin; about 2 miles. Turn left on Bay St, right on Buchanan. Cross Marina Blvd. & sharp right into Fort Mason Center.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Bay Area-Wide: www.511.org or call 817-1717 or 511 from any area code
East Bay BART: www.bart.gov (510) 465-2278
North Bay Golden Gate Transit: 
www.goldengate.org (415) 455-2000
Peninsula/South Bay CalTrain: 
www.caltrain.com (800) 660-4287
San Francisco MUNI: 
www.sfmuni.com (415) 673-6864

PARKING
Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture provides paid parking. The parking lot does fill up occasionally. 

Parking fees may increase on certain high-attendance dates. Overnight parking is not permitted. Parking fees are in effect from 7:00 a.m. - midnight daily. 

WEEKDAY PARKING RATES

0 - 1 hour $2.00
1 - 2 hours $5.00
2 - 3 hours $7.00
3 - 4 hours $10.00
4+ hours $12.00

There is also free parking in the Yacht Harbor lot outside the Fort Mason Center grounds along the water. Parking here is limited and signs restrict certain areas–be sure to read all posted signs!

Co- sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars

Satisfactory Completion

Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

 

Psychologists

R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists.  R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. 5 CE hours

Psychoanalysts

NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005. (5) clock hours.

Social Workers

R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: April 15, 2015-April 15, 2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 5 continuing education clock hours.

CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers

NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 5 contact hours live

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (5) clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists

CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.

Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors and MFTs.

IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141.  (5) hours.

NY-LMHCs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0015. (5) contact hours.

NY-LMFTs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. (5) contact hours.

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (5) clock hours, #RCST110701

TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 5 CE hours.

Creative Arts Therapists

NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0005. (5) contact hours 

Chemical Dependency Counselors

CA: Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider #4N-00-434-0218 for (5.75) CEHs. CCAPP is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states

TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, (5) hours general. Expires 3/31/2018.  Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (512) 476-7297.

 Educators

TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is (5) CE Hours. 

Nurses

CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (5) contact hours 

Occupational Therapists

R. Cassidy Seminars is an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider No. 6782. This course is offered for (5) CE Clock Hours (1 Clock Hour = .1 AOTA CEUs). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

Disability Access: If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

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