Cultivating a Positive Office That Excites Employees
Everyone knows it’s easier to get up in the morning and go to a job you enjoy. The relationships you have with your employees or coworkers play a big role in whether your day goes well or drags by. By cultivating some key core values, you can create an office environment that everyone can enjoy. Practicing these values not only makes going to work a pleasant experience for yourself but also can improve the day of the people around you.
A generous spirit is contagious. Starting each interaction with a smile and a friendly greeting can increase positivity in the workplace. Look for opportunities to do small, kind things for the people around you every day. Even conflict doesn’t have to be stressful. Making an effort to receive criticism or disagreement with the best possible interpretation keeps you from getting defensive and can make meetings more productive.
An office environment where encouragement is prioritized increases employee engagement. If you notice something your coworkers do particularly well, find a way to let them know that will encourage them the most. Some people like small gifts while others enjoy public praise. Motivational posters can boost the mood of everyone who sees them. Check in with employees who are working on complicated projects to see if they need any help so that they don’t feel overwhelmed.
Work doesn’t have to be a drudgery. Find ways to make work fun. Take a 10-minute break in the middle of the day to take a group walk. Celebrate birthdays with a card that everyone signs or with a small party in the break room. Organize a wacky hat day or a costume contest. A little levity goes a long way toward creating a positive office environment.
Your attitude can affect others around you. If you are outwardly grateful for events that happen during the day, you can start a trend of gratitude among your coworkers. Make a list of five things you are happy about each day and share the list with others. More importantly, show that you appreciate your coworkers when they are helpful to you. Send them an email to communicate your thanks, and copy in their supervisor so that he or she can make sure your helpful office mates are recognized properly.
A positive office environment makes the workday go by more quickly and pleasantly. By exhibiting these values, you can enliven your workplace.