When you’re at work, there will be days you feel great: positive and optimistic. Other days, when things don’t go right, you may lack energy, enthusiasm, drive – all essential traits that can help move businesses forward.
So, what can you do to maintain a positive attitude at work? And what can you do to maintain a positive attitude among staff – the people tasked with adding value to your business?
1. Focus on what went right. As we review our day’s activities, we tend to focus on the challenges and negatives, chalking up the day’s successes to “the way things should be” instead of appreciating them. A positive attitude among employees usually starts with a positive attitude on the part of management. Exude a positive outlook and that positive energy should spread. Praise employees who made things “right.” Build staff morale with a celebration when strategies and tactics pay off.
2. Fill free time reading inspirational books, articles and other motivational content. No, things don’t always go as planned. Sometimes, a business initiative may fail, but that doesn’t mean you’re a failure. When challenges overwhelm you, take time to learn from those who have been through what you’re experiencing. There’s plenty of information online on how to maintain a positive attitude, including personal perspectives that have worked for others.
3. Do something nice for an employee. A “well done” and a pat on the back can make you feel good, and it makes an employee feel GREAT! A small reward, like a gift card from the local coffee shop, is another gesture that can improve staff morale. It doesn’t take a lot of money to make a staff member feel good and stay positive.
4. Know when to leave. You can put in 16-hour days for a little while, but over time that schedule can wear you down. A heavy workload may change your attitude from excitement to weariness when you walk into the office. Take off time for family. Take off time for fun. Take off time to sit quietly and reflect on the accomplishments that have brought you to your current position. Reward yourself with “me” time – time you spend doing the things you want to do.
And by all means, take a vacation each year.* Turn off the smart phone, disconnect the computer and unplug the TV. Spend the time appreciating all the wonderful things you have – from good health, to a happy family, to a company that’s growing.
5. Fix it. Create a process for registering complaints and suggestions, and then take them seriously. If some aspect of company procedures and protocols is creating negativity within you, or within the staff, take steps to fix it. If one employee is creating a toxic environment for everyone else, either discipline them or fire them before their negativity spreads further. Listen to employee feedback and act on it to create a happier workplace.
6. Leave work at work. Many business owners and managers take work problems home with them. They may dwell on the negatives, going over negative comments or outcomes again and again. Learn to walk away. The problems and challenges may still be there tomorrow, but taking a step back can help you look at the situation with a refreshed perspective.
7. Congratulate yourself. Don’t be shy. Don’t be modest. When your initiative works out and delivers positive results, give yourself credit for a job well done. You deserve it. It makes you feel good – positive – about yourself. And that positive energy may spread to those around you and energize them.
Your attitude may affect your work, workplace relationships, employee morale, and, ultimately, the level of success a business achieves. Yes, things may go wrong in any business operation, but a positive attitude can go a long way to turning negatives into positives.
*Click here for a Two Cents article about the value of taking a vacation.
The information provided is presented for general informational purposes only and does not constitute tax, legal or business advice. Any views expressed in this article may not necessarily be those of Nevada State Bank, a division of ZB, N.A.