“Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first.”
- Simon Sinek, author, ‘Start with Why’
The average millennial spends around 52 hours per week at work. It is the work environment that determines whether the hours spent are happy and productive or tedious and unproductive. When employees look forward to coming to work in a nourishing and enriching environment, where their efforts are recognised and there is a strong sense of team spirit, their positivity translates into high quality work and ultimately happy customers. And that is what makes a company successful.
Regardless of the fact whether you are an employer or employee, you can always work towards bringing positivity into your own work space. When we talk about positivity, we refer to how an employee maintains his outlook towards his colleagues and the workplace in general. Enhancing the general temperament of employees is what makes the vital difference when it comes to workplace environment.
Are you an employer?
You must be looking to understand the ways in which you could better the overall vibe within your workplace. In that case, you could go through these three simple but important considerations.
Awareness - No one knows about the work challenges I am facing
You need to know about the challenges which employees might be facing. In this way, you could think of ways of assisting the employees in order to ease usual work procedure. A simple gesture of acknowledgement about the employees’ personal or work issues, helps increase the overall confidence of the employee in tackling issues. He does not feel left out and alone. This develops a positive motivation within an employee and leads to workplace positivity.
Transparency - Our boss acts fishy when it comes to sharing things
Employees feel involved and closer to the workings of the organisation when the employer does not desist in sharing vital information with them. Regular meetings with employees develops a confidence within them that the cause for the work that they do is real and every effort that they put in, makes a visible difference.
Recognition - Wait, does not anyone remember my good performance in the previous project?
Employees need recognition. As simple as that. No matter how much a particular employee may behave as though he could function as well without any amount of appraisal or recognition, it is not true. Human beings in general, work in order to achieve. If their work does not show results, they would not put in as much effort. So, go ahead and make that announcement about the achievement of your employee!
As an Employee
Acceptance - Yes, I agree with your point as well.
Remember that as an employee you are also working in unison with others. You will often be a part of a team working towards a project. All these situations will compel you to understand the perspective of others. At some occasions, you will not be entirely happy with suggestions that your team members give. The best practise is to always make room for what others have to say.
A group project might be led by one person but it is a success or failure only on the basis of how good all the ideas combined are. This creates a friendly and positive workplace atmosphere and makes it easier for creativity to flow.
Smile - He’s really friendly to talk to!
This is such a powerful tool that it deserves a point of its own. A smile is often the most basic, but the most neglected way of spreading positivity. Do not ask why others do not smile. Set an example by doing it yourself. A smile helps initiate a conversation. A smile makes you approachable by others. It also works great at convincing others about your viewpoints.
Initiation - Let’s do this!
Be that employee who does not bicker when it comes to taking action on a new project. Make that move without dependency. This will create an air of confidence among your colleagues and they would be as eager to work towards the success of that project. In time, when the group effort would convert into a successful one, the positivity born out of it would linger for a long time and would ultimately benefit the entire workplace.
All in All
- Know that positivity is a two-way process involving both employees and employers.
- Workplace positivity can help increase overall level of work output.
- To develop workplace positivity takes time and patience.
Also, being positive would help you develop your own personality which could be beneficial over a long period of time. So start today, spread positivity and cheer in your workplace and climb the ladder to success.
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