Employee resources and state workforce

​The State of Oregon is committed to providing a positive and engaging workplace. This page is intended to provide resources, strategies, and knowledge regarding positivity in the workplace.

A study conducted by the University of Illinois at Chicago states that 36% of employees feel stressed during the workday. This leads to healthcare costs that are 50% greater than those reporting lower levels of stress. Additionally, 50% of employees are not engaged at work and 20% of employees are actively disengaged. These figures indicated that a great deal of employees are stressed and unhappy in their workplace.

So, what can be done about this? Consider the following tactics to increase positivity in your life and in the workplace! 

I'm an employee, what can I do?

To improve your happiness, participate in the following positive psychology activities aimed at helping people and organizations succeed. 

Gratitude visit

Three good things

Using signature strengths in a new way


Random acts of kindness

Write a handwritten letter and deliver it to the person you wish to express your gratitude to.

Gratitu​de cards.pdf

Writing down three good things that have happened to you or that you are thankful for.

Contact CHRO for more information about completing a strengths-based assessment.

Perform acts of kindness at work and in your community.

Why is this important? Individuals who participate in the above mentioned activities are more likely to be happier people leading to longevity and success.
Research indicates that Resilience, Confidence, Hope, and Optimism predict positive outcomes, whether its at work or in life. In order to be your best and most successful self, consider the following strategies to improve them.

The capacity to bounce back from adversity, uncertainty, and failure.​

Strategies to improve resilience:
  • Put things into perspective
  • Avoid the crisis response
  • Lighten up - see the fun side of a situation
  • Let the small things go 
  • Manage perfectionism - gradually decrease effort put into less critical tasks
  • Persist
An individual's conviction (or confidence) about his or her ability to successfully execute a task. 

Strategies to improve confidence: 
  • Vicarious learning
  • Mastery experiences - allow yourself to experience success by gradually increasing task complexity in job relevant settings.
  • Engage in superstitions
  • Consider wearing cologne/perfume
​A positive, motivational state based on a sense of agency and perceived pathways for solving a problem.

Stategies to improve hope: 
  • ​Set goals that are specific, measurable, challenging, realistic, but also achievable 
  • Visualize overcoming challenges presented in your goals 

Leniency for the past, present appreciation, and opportunity focus for the future. 

Strategies to improve optimism: 
  • ​​Give yourself the benefit of the doubt for situations beyond your control
  • Evaluate the purpose of holding onto feelings of shame or guilt

I'm a manager, what can I do?

1.    Consider having applicants and current employees complete a strengths-based assessment. This information can help determine how potential employees may fit with the culture of your agency or team and lead to increased quality of work and productivity.​


2.    Try to place employees in roles that allow them to use their strengths appropriately. Research indicates that individuals who use their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engaged when compared to their non-strength exercising coworkers. 


3.    Establish a strengths-based development program to enhance your workforce. The table below includes data from current research about the benefits of strengths-based development.



In organizations with high turnover, a strengths-based development program can decrease turnover by 50%


Strength's-based development for managers can increase employee productivity by 9%

What does this mean?  By putting effort into the development of your employees strengths, you increase your agency's productivity and thus benefiting the State of Oregon and all its constituents.