There’s a lot that goes into a successful and positive workplace. But, by far, the biggest aspect of all is attitude.
The Power Of Positive Thinking
Here are eight workplace qualities that a POSITIVE attitude can affect.
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There’s a common saying that skills can be taught, but attitude cannot. And it’s a popular quote because it’s true.
Any skills that our employees currently possess are simply the result of them learning said skills. But an employee’s attitude can be a fickle thing.
If someone has a poor attitude, they won’t be much fun in the office. They will slow down work while simultaneously dragging down employee morale. Negative attitudes can ruin an office or even an entire organization.
On the other hand, positive attitudes are the lifeblood of any supportive and successful workplace. Moreover, a productive attitude allows employees to quickly and enthusiastically learn new skills, making a great attitude just about the best skill there is!
So, how exactly can a positive attitude in the workplace affect an organization as a whole? There are eight main qualities that a positive mindset can affect in the workplace. Let’s take a look at each one, following the acronym POSITIVE.
Positive Thinking Means Improve Productivity
Many qualities are essential for a well-rounded and successful workplace. One of the most critical is productivity.
Productivity is vital for an organization. It keeps things moving and the money coming in. Any organization is still a business, and businesses need productivity to operate.
Many may think productivity only comes from employees with the hard skills necessary to maintain output. But that’s not necessarily true. A positive outlook is needed for employees to maintain motivation and engagement.
Employees who stay positive are more motivated and focused on their work. In addition, they are less likely to be distracted by negative thoughts or feelings, which can hinder productivity.
A constructive attitude can help employees prioritize their tasks correctly and set achievable goals, leading to greater efficiency. Attitude is about more than wearing a smile to work. It’s about giving your best every day!
For example, I spent plenty of time learning the skills needed to become a corporate emcee. But my great attitude is by far my best asset. That’s what any great speaker needs!
When we think of positive coworkers, we think of someone who doesn’t let things get them down. This person often doesn’t come into work bringing bad vibes and dragging everyone else down with them.
For the most part, it’s best to steer clear of people like this. They often focus on the negativities in life and then impose their bad attitude on those around them.
This is another critical aspect of a positive work environment. Positive employees show up to work ready to go and excited for the day. And that’s the foundation of a great workplace.
A constructive attitude can create a sense of optimism in the workplace, which can help improve job satisfaction and reduce stress levels. Optimistic employees approach challenges head-on with a can-do attitude and can influence others just like a funny speaker can.
People with a positive attitude look for solutions rather than dwelling on problems. This helps lead to a more supportive and proactive work environment.
A big reason attitude is so vital is that it can’t be taught. Of course, you can try, but it’s near impossible to enlighten someone about a new way of thinking if they’re not already used to it.
Positive people tend to think about problems like this:
- If this doesn’t work, I can try a new method.
- Is this the best that I can do?
- This project may take time and effort, but I’m willing to put in the work.
- Even though this isn’t in my job description, it would help the team if I did it.
Those with a positive mindset focus on what they can do and do their best at all times. They upkeep a constructive way of thinking and don’t dwell on the negative side.
On the other hand, those with a negative attitude may focus on things like this:
- I can’t do this. I should give up.
- This isn’t my best work, but it’s good enough.
- This is too hard.
- I don’t want to help out anywhere else.
This difference in mindsets is often referred to as the growth versus fixed mindset. Someone with a growth mindset views skills and intelligence as learnable and improvable.
On the other hand, someone with a fixed mindset believes that no matter what, they can’t change or get better, assuming they are fine where they are.
That brings us to our next workplace quality affected by a POSITIVE attitude. Support.
A positive attitude can foster a supportive work environment where colleagues are willing to help and support each other. Instead of focusing on their problems and living in the fantasy that nothing can be changed for the better, someone with a constructive attitude focuses on supporting those around them.
Employees with a constructive attitude are more likely to offer assistance when needed and to give constructive feedback rather than criticism. This can improve teamwork, collaboration, and communication, leading to better outcomes and stronger relationships.
Taking risks is an integral part of the workplace. It’s how innovative ideas are born, and why creativity soars.
People with a negative outlook have no incentive for innovation. They don’t see the point in trying hard and exploring new ideas.
Conversely, those with a positive attitude or growth mindset prioritize things like thinking outside the box and taking risks. They are proactive in coming up with new ideas.
Employees with a positive attitude are also more open to feedback and are willing to try new approaches. This is how new products, services, or processes are invented, which can benefit the organization as a whole.
Trust isn’t just about your personal relationships. It’s important at work too!
Trust in the workplace is a two-way street. You need to trust your team to get tasks done effectively. And your team needs to trust you to support them.
Team members also need to trust each other. When employees trust each other, they are more open to feedback. This creates a positive work culture where everyone feels comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas.
A positive attitude can build trust among coworkers and management. In addition, employees who maintain a constructive mindset are more likely to be honest and reliable team members to others.
Positive team members are also more likely to trust their colleagues and managers, strengthening relationships. Trust is essential for effective teamwork and collaboration, and a positive attitude at work can help create the foundation for it all.
Employees have a responsibility to take responsibility for their work and roles. As a workplace leader, you must trust your team to handle new situations without constant guidance.
When employees have a new idea, it’s up to them to take the initiative to bring it to life – like hiring an emcee to jazz up some meetings. This is where a positive attitude can play a big part.
Those with a positive attitude at work focus on taking the initiative and being proactive in their work. In addition, team members with a positive attitude are more likely to take ownership of their tasks and responsibilities.
Plus, they will seek out new opportunities for growth and development. This can lead to greater responsibility, accountability, and increased job satisfaction in the workplace.
This ties in with many of my previous points. Value is essentially the benefits an employee can bring to an organization and a workplace.
Those with a positive attitude at work bring much more value to the table than those who focus on negativities. When someone has a good attitude, they are more likely to be seen as a beneficial influence and an asset to the team.
Employees who feel positive are even more likely to be considered for promotions or leadership roles, as they embody the values and culture of the organization.
A workplace isn’t a dull square where people wait from nine to five. On the contrary, it’s an excellent opportunity for many to pursue their passions and find a new purpose in life.
But this only happens for people that maintain positive energy and attitudes. Maintaining positivity at work benefits more than just the individual. These enjoyable energy levels are contagious!
When team members have a good attitude, they are likelier to be engaged and passionate about their work. This can create a more dynamic and engaging work environment where people are motivated to do their best work and support each other through the process.
A positive attitude can also improve morale and reduce turnover, as employees are more likely to enjoy their work and feel valued by their colleagues and managers.
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Adam Christing has been called “The Tom Brady of emcees.” He has hosted more than 1,000 company meetings, special events, gala celebrations, and more. He is the author of several books and founder of CleanComedians.com. For more event tips, follow Adam Christing on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and YouTube.