Jane Dutton discusses workplace connections on Making Positive Psychology Work podcast

October 24, 2019

Jane Dutton chats with Making Positive Psychology Work podcast host Michelle McQuaid during the episode, “Can you build high-quality connections? Podcast with Jane Dutton.”

Dutton explains that high-quality connections are short-term interactions with other people that energize us and give us a feeling of being on the same page.

“High-quality connections strengthen people. They’re like vitamins,” Dutton says. “… They make us more optimistic, they make us more hopeful, they change the estimations we’re going to make about positive future states.”

High-quality connections also have powerful organizational impacts, Dutton tells McQuaid: They foster cooperation and collaboration and help employers attract and retain talent.

Dutton is a co-founder of the Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) and the Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Emerita Professor of Business Administration and Psychology at the University of Michigan.