3 Ways to Harness the Power of Positivity in the Workplace

by Katy Mena-Berkley, Copywriter - 06/13/16

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Workplace happiness is essential to improving the health of your employees and your organization.

In a results-driven society, overlooking the contentment that you and your employees experience during the work day is easy to do. But when employees and managers feel nervous, rushed, or stressed, the negative emotions sometimes result in work that takes longer or is not as strong as it might have been if optimism had played a greater role during workflow. And your bottom line may suffer as a result.

The good news is taking steps to enhance corporate culture and engagement may shift outcomes in the other direction.

According to U.S. News & World Report, harnessing and developing four psychological resources—hope, self-efficacy, resilience, and optimism—may help employees feel more confident and empowered. As a result, they are better equipped psychologically to meet and exceed expectations of clients, coworkers, and shareholders alike.

To kick-start a culture of positivity in your company, consider some of the following tips recommended by Forbes:

1. Brainstorm together. 

Enhance creativity and engagement by setting aside a few minutes every week for employee brainstorm sessions. Ask for ideas about everything from the best ways to communicate with clients to what snacks employees would like to see in the break room. Employees may send ideas on a shared intranet board or via an email survey. Let everyone know his or her opinions are valued!

2. Get moving. 

Physical exercise is a wonderful way to reduce stress, build confidence, and improve health. Many companies may offer discounted gym memberships to employees and host wellness fairs to help inspire employees to exercise. Ask a few employees to lead lunchtime walks. Your company may also consider sponsoring lunchtime yoga classes during the week.

3. Make mentorship a priority.

Sharing information with a new hire or shadowing someone you admire professionally helps promote engagement and inspiration. Take time to pair employees with mentors they trust and feel comfortable communicating with when asking questions.

Practicing What We Preach

Recognizing the value of positive attitudes and self-awareness, True North Custom has taken key steps to encourage community, mindfulness, and positive thinking at the office.

Lunchtime yoga

Twice a week, True North Custom yogis gather in a conference room for 30 minutes of meditation and physical activity while enjoying relaxing aromatherapy and music. Employees participating in the program are already reporting feelings of improved strength, stress management, and overall wellness.

The Truly Positive Challenge

Blue rubber bracelets emblazoned with the words “Truly Positive” serve as a reminder to pay attention to the words we use, the energy we devote to negative thoughts, and how we may affect positive change by not complaining for the sake of complaining—otherwise known as whining.

Instead, True North employees wearing the Truly Positive bracelets choose to approach challenging situations by taking ownership of personal mindset, identifying problems, and formulating solutions. When employees catch themselves complaining, they switch the bracelet to the other wrist and shift thinking in a productive direction.

Getting Active Together

Every day, a dedicated group of True Northers lace up their athletic shoes and take it to the sidewalks around our office complex. Another group gathers daily in our employee lounge for a fitness challenge. During April, they worked on planks—with the plank hold time increasing daily—and May’s challenge was squats. These quick breaks allow our colleagues to strengthen their bones and muscles, clear their minds, and bond with and get encouragement from their coworkers.

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