Jamie Gruman

Leading Authority on Positive Organizational Psychology

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Jamie Gruman earned his Ph.D. in the Applied Social Psychology Program at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada, where he specialized in organizational psychology. He is currently a Professor of Organizational Behaviour at the University of Guelph, and is the founding Chair of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association. His research and writing have been reported by media outlets around the globe. In Canada, he has been featured and quoted in print and online in magazines such as MoneySense, Canadian Business, Canadian Living, and Chatelaine, trade journals such as HR Professional and Public Sector Digest, and newspapers in every major Canadian city. He has appeared on CTV’s Canada AM, Global News, Report on Business Television, CBC’s The National, and has been syndicated on CBC radio. Dr. Gruman has consulted and delivered seminars for Fortune 500 corporations, public, and not-for-profit organizations including General Motors, Departments and Agencies of the Government of Canada, and the Children’s Wish Foundation.

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Recharge Your Batteries and Get a Boost

Work tires us out, and many of us don’t recharge our batteries in our downtime. This hurts our mood, health, and performance. In this innovative talk, Jamie explains why downtime is actually inadequate for helping us recharge our batteries, and presents an effective alternative. Recent scientific developments from around the globe have shed light on the processes that reverse the draining effects of our work and help us successfully recover and replenish ourselves in our leisure time. Also, research reveals that when effective recovery occurs it not only recharges our batteries, but makes us feel happier, makes us healthier, and makes us better at handling the demands that drained us in the first place. This is called boosting, to reflect the multi-pronged benefits of successful recovery. Based on his latest book, Boost: The Science of Recharging Yourself in an Age of Unrelenting Demands, Jamie draws on the most cutting-edge science to explain how to transform our ineffective downtime into valuable uptime. Uptime is the time away from our daily obligations that successfully satisfies the factors that lead us to feel replenished, recharged, recovered, and gives us a boost.