Establishing a positive workplace environment is easier said than done. It can be difficult to sustain a consistently positive atmosphere. But it is vital that you do, it benefits the employer, employees, and the overall success of the business.
- Step 1 – Gratitude
A positive atmosphere in the workplace is beneficial for several reasons. Firstly, employees will feel more valued and therefore perform at a higher standard and are generally more innovative, as opposed to a disgruntled worker who is running out the door at 3.58. A contented environment is an attractive workplace environment, which instils an increased sense of loyalty and higher demand to be a part of the environment – a higher demand means hiring employees that work at a higher standard.
Graciousness, kindness and appreciation. That doesn’t mean handing out gold stars to employees who are simply doing their job, but it means practising baseline respect and appreciation regardless, positive reinforcement via a bit of simple gratitude will encourage employees to consistently work at the expected/well above the expected standard.
- Step 2 – More Commitment = Less Sick Days
The happier employees are, the more committed they will be to their job (as opposed to capitalising on every potential sick day). Also, less stress on the body means a healthier immune system. Meaning the happier you are at work, the less likely you are to get sick in the first place.
Some companies implement fitness exercises and wellbeing seminars to ensure employees are physically healthy and achieving a decent work-life balance. Offering adequate HR, and being mindful, awareness and empathy as an employer means that proper assistance is offered in the case of any health/mental health strains. Today’s modern workforce is mobile and fleeting, fostering company loyalty is important and can be tough. However, an employee that feels personally valued and is aware that their workplace is invested in them is precisely how loyalty is fostered.
- Step 3 – Productivity
Establish a less rigid, and somewhat more casual environment. This does not, and should not equate to a looser approach to professionalism. It simply means to have less constrains, and implement more warmth in your disposition.
This will boost workplace positivity and subsequently jolt creativity and initiative. Don’t paternalise employees, they are (or at least should be) fully functioning adults. If employees are experiencing flash backs to their days in high school while at the workplace – creativity and the ability/desire to show any initiative will go out the window. Allow the space for employees to travel at the pace, in the manner and with the means they so desire – if they are performing then it shouldn’t be a problem. A more casual and welcoming environment will encourage the space and freedom for new ideas to be voiced.
- Step 4 – It’s Easy, and Contagious
A warm, easy going and thoughtful demeanour can have an infectious affect in the workplace. It is inviting, contagious and mentally stimulating. The mood of those in a positive workplace are elevated, they’re more productive and personable.
Conduct yourself in a manner that is welcoming, curious and observant. Invest in fellow employees, establish intricate workplace relationships and encourage innovation. Happiness is contagious, it usually starts with one or two people, who’s positivity radiates onto others and before you know it – the entire attitude of your workplace has shifted for the better.