Negativity breeds more negativity and there are few things that are more insidious in a workplace. It creates a lack of productivity, generates feelings of discontent among your employees, and can lead to high employee turnover rates.
Creating a positive culture in the workplace requires dedication, but with the right steps, it can be achieved. This dedication must not only stem from the highest levels of your organization and management, but employees must also reflect this positivity. One negative employee can impact the growth of an entire organization. Employees also lead by example. If you put your best effort into creating a positive workplace culture, the majority will follow your lead.
1. Creating a standard. The first step is letting everyone in your organization know that positivity is now the prevailing force in your company. This step creates awareness at all levels of your organization and gives everyone time to begin to review their mindset and make changes. Positive mindset isn’t about denying the presence of roadblocks or challenges, but about adopting a ‘can do’ attitude in face of them and encouraging people to seek help from peers and management when required.
2. Creating positive affirmations. This should take place at every level of your organization. Create positive affirmations for every department by having teams participate in and contribute to their making. Be sure that management buys into and respects these affirmations and encourages them in whatever ways they can.
3. Adapt your communication style. Communication is the key to any relationship in the workplace. As a leader you must be able to communicate positively with employees on a personal level to gain their trust; but never overstep their boundaries. Remember to have a positive attitude when communicating your ideas. Remember: lead by example. If you maintain a positive atmosphere, it will trickle down to everyone else you deal with.
4. Hold a seminar on the power of positive thinking. In the early stages of embracing positivity, it is helpful to have an expert come in to discuss the power of being positive, and to help employees learn more about their own mindset and how to modify it. These seminars can be incredibly helpful in rooting out negative behavior and helping employees create their own affirmations and commitments to maintaining a positive attitude and atmosphere.
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