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Four ways to create a positive work environment

People with positive attitudes tend to perform better, confront challenges and derive satisfaction from their activities.

People with positive attitudes tend to perform better, confront challenges and derive satisfaction from their activities. At the workplace, they also contribute to a better company culture for their coworkers. When employees have negative attitudes, however, it’s sometimes difficult to manage them and transform tense situations. To inspire positivity in their employees, leaders can draw on the following tips:

  1. Point out good behaviors. Even if an employee has been making a lot of mistakes lately, it’s worth mentioning what they did right, Forbes magazine suggested. Everyone likes to be praised for successes, and a focus on good behaviors can make conversations about challenges less discouraging.
  2. Prevent boredom. Business Insider noted that monotony at work can interfere with employees’ ability to focus. It can also leave them less engaged. Mixing things up with a social event or opportunities for different types of work can help them feel refreshed.
  3. Reward accomplishments. A little appreciation goes a long way – Business Insider suggested providing incentives to acknowledge good work. Employee reward and recognition programs can make this process a regular part of business operations.
  4. Tie their efforts to the bigger picture. Some workers can lose sight of the importance of their daily tasks. Telling them how their actions impacted the company’s overall success can help add meaning to their responsibilities, Forbes suggested.
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