We spend a huge amount of time, and energy at work, and we would hope that we are in a positive and enjoyable environment. At least some of the time. But sadly this is not always the case. Due to the pressures and stresses of deadlines, targets and time, the workplace can become a negative and unfortunate place to be.
But it doesn’t have to be like that. We can work in high pressured and stressful environments, but if we feel appreciated, valued and our worth is recognised, we will enjoy and thrive.
What can we do to create a positive workplace?
- Give positive reinforcements – use positive language on specific points, for example, I really enjoy working with you because of your enthusiasm. Or, your really good at understanding what the client needs. This shows that you generally do think they’re doing a good job, and it’s not just a blanket thank you.
- Show gratitude – this doesn’t have to be a huge show, but an email thanking a member of staff for a well completed job, in time and under budget. This shows you are aware of their contribution, and the positive comment will ensure they continue to work hard.
- Spread happiness – smile, say hello, give eye contact and be present. It’s contagious and makes a massive difference in the feel and the atmosphere.
- Celebrate wins – and not just the massive ones. Again, this doesn’t have to be a huge extravagance, it can be a small bunch of flowers, a favourite chocolate bar or bottle of wine. And they don’t have to be only work achievements, but exams passed, driving tests or new home are a good time to show your employees that you care.
- Get moving – we all know that sitting our desks for eight hours a day isn’t healthy. Going outside, for only a few minutes, can help massively. It will give your eyes a rest, your mind will be revived and your general outlook is improved. If you are in stuck in a rut at work, or can’t seem to focus on the tsk at hand, have a five minute fresh air break, and encourage your team to do the same.
- Listen – and give your employees chance to talk. You can’t take on all their ideas, but you can listen and incorporate ones that will work. Hearing positives, rather than just the negatives, helps your outlook too.
- Encourage individuality – we are not all the same, and what a boring and unproductive place of work we would all be in. It is important to encourage a open and welcoming environment, for all colleagues.
- Lead by example – this is more important than you think. If your staff are un-motivated, lethargic and miserable and so are you, then who will implement the change? Like it or not, the buck stops with you – so come on let’s get going with a positive.
What do you think?
What works for you, and what doesn’t?
Let’s share the good, the bad and the ugly.