At the risk of sounding like a cheesy motivational poster, we’re just going to say it: there’s power in positivity. Positivity boosts employee wellness, morale, and productivity; in short, it can make or break a business. But how can you bring more positivity into your workplace? Before you plaster inspirational posters all over your office walls, take a minute to read our five favorite tips.
1. Have an attitude of gratitude
Gratitude is one of the most basic components of positivity, and like positivity, it’s contagious. When you recognize the things you’re thankful for, you create patterns of positive thinking. When you show gratitude to those around you for the things they’ve done, you share that positivity with others, and it has a trickle-down effect.
The best way to encourage gratitude in the workplace is to lead by example, but it can also be helpful to provide employees with low-pressure opportunities to focus on their own gratitude. Consider creating a gratitude wall where anyone in the office can post the things they’re grateful for, or giving your team gratitude journals to keep at their desks. These are great ways to make gratitude part of your company culture without being pushy or forceful.
2. Acknowledge the wins
Nothing boosts employee morale like recognition for a job well done. Think about it: aside from financial incentives, is there anything more motivating than receiving genuine appreciation for hard work? When you go out of your way to recognize an accomplishment, big or small, you build your team’s confidence and solidify your role as a positive leader.
3. Know your “why”
When you focus on your goal or mission, small bumps in the road are less likely to derail you and your team. Be sure to share your mission with your employees often, and help them to clearly see your company’s vision, and understand the vital role they play in it.
4. Show empathy
Everyone has off days. When you practice empathy with your employees, you demonstrate to them that you care about them as people, not simply as workers. This encourages trust and open communication, two important factors for success in the workplace.
5. Foster social connections
Teams who work well together produce better results. When you build camaraderie within your team, you build trust, which leads to increased innovation and creativity. Encourage your employees to build relationships through social gatherings and regular check-ins.
Positivity increases an office’s resilience during the difficult times and boosts morale during the good times. Building a positive environment for your employees can be difficult, but the results are worth it. What are your tips for bringing more positivity to your workplace? Share them with us here!