Positivity in the Workplace
Any business owner worth their salt will tell you that they want a workforce that is engaged and productive. It may sound unlikely to some, but multiple studies have shown that employee happiness is a proven way to increase both. A positive view of their work may well be the best way to ensure that your employees are in tune with what they need to be accomplishing.
It doesn’t just apply to rank and file employees in a corporate setting. Doctors in a Cornell University study who were given an incentive in the form of candy gave more effective diagnoses than those who weren’t. Not only that, but the doctors who didn’t receive the candy were instead given further research materials. The subjects who were primed to be happy were more successful than the ones who had more detailed preparation. Researchers explained this phenomenon by saying, “When people feel happy, they have better access to more varied material in their memory. They are more creative problem-solvers because their minds are more ‘alive.’”
Workplace positivity expert and psychologist Beth Cabrera has identified six vital components of a happy, healthy work environment. Independent research has borne out these hypotheses and show how simple it can be to raise positivity in your workplace. Companies that follow these guidelines enjoy higher rates of worker happiness and thus, productivity.
Research shows that our outlook is not something that’s ingrained in our minds, but in fact people can be trained to think more positively. Encourage employees to think of setbacks as temporary, and to feel in control of their situation. This mindset, shared among the workforce, will get tasks accomplished with less agitation and stress.
Beneficial interoffice relationships provide workers with a strong foundation to deal with everyday problems. Demonstrating respect for your employees on a regular basis keeps them engaged and satisfied with their work. An atmosphere of mutual respect keeps everyone from feeling underappreciated and keeps focus on the task to be done.
The more a person gets to do what they feel they are best at, the more likely they are to report feelings of unhappiness, stress, anger and even physical pain. Identifying what your workers do best and letting them do it promises increased productivity. Think about it, would you rather do a menial task that any unskilled person could do, or one that you feel you’re better than most at?
It may be tempting to hover over every moment of employee’s time to ensure everything is being done properly, but a major component of workplace positivity is giving them the breathing room to accomplish their work. There’s a meaningful difference between offering strong support and micromanaging. Give them a strong foundation to do their work, and they’ll be happier.
More and more companies are realizing that a sense of purpose is an important quality in the workplace. Especially with the younger generation of workers, a feeling that your work is accomplishing something more than just generating profits is a huge driver of happiness and productivity.
Health and wellness are two essential components of workplace positivity. Employees might not look to their job to provide them all their health advice, but an atmosphere that supports good health choices is always a good idea. Another component of well being is to encourage a healthy work-life balance. Workers who feel that their employers don’t expect them to dedicate every minute to work experience less stress and more satisfaction with their jobs.
The stereotypical tech-startup lounges and ping pong tables have become a cliche at this point. But these are examples of companies have read the facts and understand that people who are happy to be at work are not just more likely to be productive, but more likely to stick around and recommend the company to others. Supporting an atmosphere of positivity is a proven way to make your office a better place to work.