It is important for yourself and work colleagues to have a positive attitude while at work. In general, having a positive attitude means being optimistic about situations, interactions, and yourself. People with a positive attitude can remain hopeful and mostly see the best, even in difficult situations. The ones who have negative attitudes are normally more pessimistic and disagreeable and expect the worst possible outcome in tough situations.
It will help you at work and it will help your team if you maintain a positive attitude at work. Maintaining a positive attitude will alleviate stress and will help keep positive relationships in the office. This is easier said than done as some days at work can be anything but positive, but by embracing some of the following tips, you can begin to maintain a positive attitude.
Fill Your Mind With Positive Input
Listen to uplifting music or audio books on the drive into work. Read books that are encouraging. Watch videos and listen to podcasts that are positive or help you improve skills.
Think About The Words You Say
If you think positive words and use positive words, then mentally you will feel more positive. You must be more conscious about your words.
Be Kind To Other People
Being kind to others makes you happy. It is said that doing something kind for people has the same effect as trying new and exciting things when it comes to feeling happy. If you make being kind to other people a habit it will eventually become normal and you will feel happiness and make others around you happy.
Teach others what you know
Sharing is caring and this applies the same with knowledge. You want to be able to offer the opportunity to teach your co-workers what you know as this will help them develop and therefore you won’t have to help them all the time. “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him how to fish and you have fed him for a lifetime.”
Build relationships with co-workers
Your work environment will be more comfortable and fun if you’re friendly with your co-workers. You do not have to know every detail of their personal lives, or even the names of their children, but having a good back and forth with co-workers, bosses, and associates will make your workplace more inviting.
Participate in after-work activities
Even if you are not a fan of going out it is good and a great attitude to tag along every once in a while. This helps build a community in the workplace, and you’ll feel more connected to your co-workers. After all, you might still be with work people, but you will not be at work, so you’ll still feel like you’re having time outside of the office for yourself. Check out some of our popular team building activities perfect for your next social.
We are not machines; we get tired and we need breaks. Staying positive at work will not work if you are tired. It is important to take a break and eat lunch. Food is good, food will help. Small breaks throughout the working day help and when you are really really tired, take a holiday.
Decorate Your Workspace
Decorate your workspace with all your favourite things. It is the small things that help. A plant is a great addition or a family photo. You should surround yourself with the things that remind you to be happy and positive.
Set Realistic Goals
If you are setting realistic, achievable goals regularly, you will constantly feel accomplished. But if your goals are not realistic, you’ll always feel behind, like you’re failing. Goals will motivate your team but eventually it will wear them down and yourself down if they are not realistic.
Focus On Your Strengths
You are in the job you are in because there are certain qualities you have, and you are good at it. You were hired because of this so you should focus on this as much as you can. Focusing on your strengths is positive however that is not to say you do not focus on working on your weakness, but instead do not let them get you down.
Avoid spreading gossip
The mere act of saying things whether they are true behind someone’s back that you wouldn’t say to their face is negative. In the workplace, gossip leads to an unstable, unsafe, and disagreeable environment. Stay positive and stay out of it!
Crack More Jokes
Laughter is a great positive reinforcement within the office, humour is the best medicine. By cracking jokes, you potentially change negative situations into positive ones. That does not mean crack jokes when something has gone wrong but in general just make the office a little funnier.
Have Something To Look Forward To After Work
You do not just have to live for the weekend you can also live in your weekdays. You may be tired and do not want to but having stuff planned for after work can make your day brighter. It does not have to revolve around drinking or dinner, you can plan to see family, friends or go to the gym. By pencilling in some fun time several days a week, you can find a healthy way to balance your personal and professional life.
Focus on the long-term instead of the short-term
When it gets tough at work or you get into a conflict remember the long goal and smile. Always remember and say to yourself, will participating in this conflict be beneficial in the long run? Or, will it simply cause unnecessary stress and negativity at the moment?
Smile, Smile, Smile
When life gets you down smile and smile. Even when you are having your most stressed out day, and everything is going wrong try and smile. It will help you keep a positive mindset and make everyone else in the office smile. Smiles are contagious!
If you want to be more positive in the workplace then try at least three of these a day. Happy employees mean happy work and happy customers. Happiness is a chain reaction and in these crazy times people need this more then ever. Why not try one of our team building activities to help bring the team together and even closer than before. Contact us tosday!