It Starts with YOU
THE POWER OF POSITIVITY IN THE WORKPLACE
Positivity in the workplace has a major impact on company success and overall employee well-being. Optimistic employees are happier and more likely to maximize their contributions, so it’s a win-win all around. Research has proven that positive work environments have contributed to more engaged employees, healthier work relationships and improved productivity.
What to make a difference in your workplace? Here’s how:
“Thank you!” Now see…that wasn’t so hard. There is no title or task too small to offer appreciation. A simple thank you can go a long way in showing someone that their hard work means something. Bigger gestures for larger projects or after a long working schedule can help sustain your appreciation. Making people feel like they belong and have value will improve their mood at work by making hard work seem worth it!
Be nice! At times we all have stressful days, get frustrated, and have to fight the genuine struggle to be grumpy. At the same time, it’s important to remember that attitudes are contagious. If you go into work with a cloud over your head, it is very likely that other people are going to feel that storm coming their way. Before you know it, the forecast is hot with a side of lightning and sass, and no one is feeling the sunshine. On those days, and frankly every day, take a deep breath. Take a moment to relax and remind yourself that YOU (& everyone else) deserve to smile today!
Then….pass it on! Being friendly can be as simple as smiling at someone. Stimulate conversations, ask them how their day is going or how their weekend was. In a fun and friendly environment, everyone will feel comfortable sharing jokes and having open conversations. Be the example. Spark this environment by doing it yourself.
Use the Voice Your Momma Gave Ya’
Your voice has power…far more power than practicing your ‘Voice’ audition in the shower! We know you are friendly (We’ve already covered this, and you are a pro!), but when you say nice things, people need to know that you mean them. Your tone of voice is how you portray this meaning. Think of how the sound of your voice is received by others and be sure you aren’t coming across too aggressive. Also keep in mind that words have power, so choose them wisely. Lastly, it’s always a plus to think about what you say before you say it. Considering your words and voice carefully can do wonders for getting a positive reaction from others!
So maybe I’m not perfect?!? We all make mistakes at times, which in a way is awesome because if we make a mistake, we have the opportunity to learn from it. Be accountable for your actions and be proud of yourself for owning your work. Sometimes a mistake can feel like a huge punch in the gut, but it doesn’t have to. Use this challenge as a way to grow.
And what about your team members? Are they perfect? Possibly, but highly unlikely. In an environment where failure is accepted and not judged, people are able to feel more positive about what they are doing well. Encourage yourself and others to keep in mind that everyone is trying their best. No one wakes up in the morning wanting to make a mistake – so give some consideration, empathy and support to others too!
“Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive good things and good people will be drawn to you.”
— Mary Lou Retton, Gymnast
You have the power to bring positivity into your workplace!
Positive thinking has several benefits for your career and your personal well-being. It impacts the way you think about your work, your life in general, and the way your co-workers and customers see you. Once you truly begin to make an active effort to promote positivity in the office, you will quickly notice a healthier and happier work environment. At the end of the day, when companies create a positive culture, they achieve greater success…more engaged employees, healthier work relationships, improved productivity, and overall customer satisfaction! Positivity is contagious! Keep it going!