Did you know that your attitude can make all the difference? When you act negatively towards others, you influence your own mindset. Simple changes in your own attitude and body language can improve your day as well as influence everyone around you. And when you act more positively in the workplace, you can affect your entire team in a motivational way. Here eight steps you can use to boost your attitude and create a more positive workplace.
Efficiency breeds a more positive attitude. When you’re disorganized and need to start tasks over again or aren’t sure of what the next step is, it’s easy to get into negative thought patterns. If you take time to determine how to handle a task efficiently, not only will you be able to see the forest through the trees, but you can be more positively engaged with the entire process.
Hire for Positivity
A positive attitude starts long before someone ever sets foot in your company. When you’re hiring new employees, look for those who exude positivity. Negative statements or energy can be a red flag for employment. Someone who is genuinely positive to be around will be someone who can inject some much-needed positive energy into your business.
Make Work/Life Balance a Priority
To encourage more positivity in the office, make sure your team knows that their work/life balance is a priority for you. Stress from outside the workplace can affect performance. When they have non-work-related things to accomplish, they’re not focusing on work. Make it possible for them to focus on their personal lives as well as their profession.
Offer Flexible Work Schedules
One way to accomplish this is to offer more flexibility in work schedules. For example, many parents of small children want to be able to be home after school. If they can shift their schedules, that makes it possible. Some adults may be taking care of elderly parents, and they may want to start later in the morning. Whatever the reason, give them the ability to be more flexible.
Train Your Team to Be Positive
Positivity can be learned, so why don’t you teach it in the workplace just like you would safety or technology. Offer programs to break up the day that teaches things like gratitude, mindfulness, and other behaviors that improve a positive outlook. Make this fun for everyone to participate in and encourage them to put what they learned into action.
Focus on Diversity
Hiring people with different backgrounds and mindsets will also help encourage positivity in the workplace. When everyone comes to work with a different perspective, there will be a natural mutual sharing of ideals. This will help to improve everyone’s outlook when they can feel comfortable working together.
Another essential component of positivity is organization. Much like efficiency and time management, the physical organization of any space influences your ability to remain positive. Don’t let your office become disorganized. Create a culture where things will be put back after they’re used.
It’s also essential for you, as a manager, to encourage positive teamwork between your employees. Sometimes personalities don’t get along, but you can always help people find common ground. The better the team, the more positive the overall experience with your company and the resulting product or service.
Do you want to have a workforce of more positive employees?
Talk to the team at CornerStone Staffing, a leader in staffing the Dallas and Fort Worth area.