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Passionate about positive psychology and an HR professional at a leading MNC of India, Debjit Basu is our guest for today’s episode in “The Shape of Work.”
After completing his Bachelor of Science from the University of Calcutta, Debjit pursued his MBA in HR from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management. His first industrial experience was in Cognizant Technology Solutions.
GUEST AT A GLANCE:
Name of the guest: Debjit Basu
What he does: Senior Lead- Human Resources, Infosys
Find him on LinkedIn.
Get Smart: “Positive Psychology is what makes your life worth living. It is like a positive side of life.”
In this episode, our host, Rohan Mankad, interacts with Debjit Basu regarding the following:
- Positive Psychology
- Implementation of Positive Psychology by HR professionals
- Things we do outside our conscious awareness
- Making yourself happy and find meaning in life
- Understanding the employees’ areas of interest
What exactly is Positive Psychology?
Apart from having ten years of experience in the field of HR, Debjit is also a Positive Psychology Practitioner certified by the CPD Accreditation Group.
Debjit passionately talks about Positive Psychology describing it as ‘the science of mind.’ It covers a significant part of the vast field of Psychology and focuses on the equation of happiness in an individual’s life. Unlike the other segments of psychology that revolve around depression and anxiety, this field researches what makes an individual happy. It is the scientific study of strengths to enable humans and organizations to progress.
Implementation of Positive Psychology by HR professionals:
Debjit explains HR as one of the most strategic departments of any organization. He mentions how employee mental well-being is an integral part of all these organizations. Thus HR professionals should ensure effective implementation of Positive Psychology within their workspace. Debjit goes on to describe the mental state of people in the current situation. He says, “Everyone wants to care and mutually be taken care of”. Moreover, in a workspace, the HR manager is the one to whom employees approach to talk and discuss. Thus they should be observant about the areas of their interests. They need to come up with creative ideas and be fluent while applying them.
Debjit identifies Positive Psychology as the ‘backbone’ of an organization’s well-being. He further throws light on the fact that HR professionals need to understand where their employees are coming from. They should cater to their concerns and cater to them and make them feel welcomed to speak. HR professionals should be able to build trust among the employees.
Things that we do are outside of our conscious awareness:
According to Debjit, the change in our way of work is probably for the good. Even though complete remote work might not be possible, companies might opt for a hybrid workforce even after the pandemic. The hot topic in this field is the regulatory processes outside of our conscious awareness. This research is currently ongoing under the topic of Social Neuroscience. The significance behind this topic is to recognize the things we do or we have are outside of our conscious awareness. This belief, itself, can enrich us as an individual.
“How to make yourself happy?”
To keep oneself happy/happier, our guest introduces us to some beautiful ways. He talks about appreciating the benefits that we receive. One of the most significant aspects of this area is the combination of gratitude and mindfulness. These two are evolving words and one of the best ways to raise happiness from within. You need to linger them in the present and you will find it transforming into a mood-booster later. However, it is important to know that these ways generally vary from person to person. A few ideas effective for one individual might not work for another.
Finding meaning in life:
For this subject, Debjit gives solutions from his own experiences. He simply asks people to develop a purpose and follow it till they achieve it. He talks about the significance of appreciating one’s own strengths as well. People should align things that match with their values and matter to them. If they find themselves being able to do those things, they should be grateful and appreciate it.
Understanding the employees’ areas of interest:
To understand their employees’ areas of interest, Debjit just says one word- ‘Listen’. He asks HR professionals to actively listen to what their employees have to say and understand. 50% of their job is done in this step. Additionally, HR should not impose their interests on the employees. Employees go to them with trust. The factor of trust is extremely significant for HR professionals and they should value that. Simple discussions with the employees and identifying the positives out of their situations can help them a lot.
To sum up, Debjit says, the field of Positive Psychology is gaining momentum and it will soon be a topic of interest to many. He strongly feels that the reason behind the growth of the subject is its effective implementation and good results.