Practically Positive laid its roots after Jen studied Psychology at Cambridge University. She was curious about how it applied to the world of work and became fascinated by how it interplays with 'real life' in addition to clinical settings. Before founding her business in 2011, Jen spent a number of years working for a large training consultancy and has written and delivered training workshops to employees across a huge range of sectors in Australia, America, the Middle East, Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany and of course, at home in the UK.
Optimism and positivity didn’t always come naturally to Jen - it’s something she’s practiced and studied over many years, which is testament to how positive psychology can be adopted/embraced by anyone and truly integrated into all aspects of life.
Rather than ‘employee engagement’, Jen believes getting more out of work is contextual and individual. Her MSc in Applied Positive Psychology (2008-2010) focused on answering the question “What does it really mean to flourish at work?”
My only small complaint, which didn't turn out to be a problem in the end, was that I wasn't informed about the fact that we needed at least 6 months ( I think it was) left on our passports after we had already booked and paid. It might have been a complicated situation if it had turned out that we didn't have that amount of time left on the passports."