Cultivating A Positive Workplace

We spend a sizeable amount of time in our workplaces every year. From part-time workers to employees pushing sixty-hour weeks, the workplace is the cornerstone of our daily schedule. In today’s harsh business environment, the pressures and stresses of the workplace can seem to bury just about anybody. As a leader, you have the privilege to set the tone for your workplace. It’s your responsibility to do your part in cultivating a positive workplace, and it’s simpler than you might think.

Show Gratitude
Make sure you show your employees that you appreciate them and what they are doing. Try to make a division between them as an individual and their work. Acknowledge both them and the work they do, because they are both valuable to your team. When all else fails, saying “please” and “thank you” goes a long way.

Give Positive Reinforcement
Be intentional about noticing the good things your employees are doing. When everything is going well, it can be hard to pay attention to the details. Reinforcing them when they do things well is as critical as correcting them when they do something wrong. Try out some of the following phrasings when you go to encourage your team:
I’m impressed with…
I really appreciate you doing…
You are a really good…
I admire how you take the time to
Thank you for stepping out of your comfort zone, you did a great job with…
I enjoy working alongside you because…

Celebrate Wins
When you start a meeting, try to begin on a positive note. Share wins for the company, team, or even the individual level. Starting a session on a positive note sets a receptive and healthy tone for the rest of the meeting.

Create A Comfortable Work Environment
Employees do their best work when they’re in a workplace that empowers them. Try to be intentional about making your employees comfortable. Some leaders opt for comfortable chairs and desk spaces, while others focus on a stocked breakroom. Take some time to unearth what will be the best for your team, and don’t be afraid to ask for input.

Creating a positive workplace can be a straightforward attempt. When all else fails, remember moods are contagious. As a leader, your mood can set the tone for the space you’re in. Before you head into work, try to mentally separate outside problems and your responsibilities at work. Change starts with you.

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Ross Sanner is the Founder and CEO of Think Growth Consulting LLC, a leading company that guides both nonprofit and for-profit businesses through smart, expansive investment and growth opportunities.