Spending time in a positive environment makes everything so much easier, even work. The opposite is also true; time can really drag on when we find ourselves surrounded by negativity. How positive is your workplace?
There is no question that we can influence those around us with our attitude. If you are running a business and leading a team, then that positive atmosphere is your responsibility. It will set the tone of your workplace.
Positivity is infectious, and we can set the tone. By being enthusiastic and optimistic we will often find that others will follow suit. It is one of the ways that we lead by example.
During stressful and challenging situations, being positive isn’t quite so easy, but it’s during those times that it’s even more important that we are. Both positive and negative energy are contagious, they will soon feed on themselves. If you’re facing a challenge and suddenly everyone is feeling cranky and defeated, you’re facing an uphill battle.
Being positive, on the other hand, can really lift the mood and atmosphere, and productivity at that same time. And it will begin with you. Your team will be looking to you to see how you react to the challenge and they will often react accordingly. Be mindful of your response.
While being positive during tough times isn’t easy, the following tips can help.
Step back and look at the bigger picture
If we can be objective, we can often see a positive aspect to a situation, even if it’s only what we would do different next time.
Keep a sense of humour
We all enjoy having a laugh, it can really lighten the mood in even a busy workplace. It also contributes to a positive workplace culture as we get to know each other a little better.
Have an attitude of gratitude
Knowing that our hard work is appreciated and acknowledged makes us all feel better about ourselves and our work. Take the time to let your staff know that their contribution is both noticed and valued.
Like many things, having a positive attitude can become a habit. It’s a mindset. If you look at challenges from the perspective of “okay, I need to deal with the situation, learn from it and move on”, you will see an increase in both your own positive attitude and the attitude of those around you.
Ultimately, we are in full control of our behaviour. If you are in a stressful situation and you lose control you can guarantee that the environment is not going to be positive. Others will react to your attitude by either joining you in the negativity or withdrawing.
You can impact those around you if you are being negative. Just as surely as you can if you are being positive.