How well the workplace engages employees directly impacts their desire to:
- Learn new skills
- Improve personal performance
- Excel at productivity
- Become leaders
Taking the time to cultivate optimism in the workplace is an investment that pays off in a number of ways that can help your company to outperform the competition.
Today’s concern for our natural environment has caused us to take a closer look at how we live our lives, our daily habits, and behaviors. In the same way that taking care of our physical surroundings improves conditions for all, a healthier workplace environment can have a huge impact on the success of corporations and organizations.
While the focus for many business owners is often customer satisfaction, cultivating an atmosphere of positive thinking in the workplace has been shown to enhance employee performance – leading to consistently satisfying results at every level of business.
4 Ways Optimism Impacts
Strong leaders know that it’s not enough to tell your employees to “Do Better”. Everyone does better when encouraged and affirmed with positive words. But here are 4 optimistic ways to impact your workplace that you may not have considered.
1) Flexibility. Rush hour is a sure way to negatively affect the start of a day or an evening. When it’s a struggle to get to work on time and a struggle to get home at a decent hour due to the commute, it can quickly impact even the most positive attitude. And the added stress of trying to beat the clock doesn’t improve anyone’s health – leading to potential illness, causing a drop in performance and productivity levels.
Finding ways to provide flexibility with start and end times in the workplace can help to prevent employee burnout and increase the overall quality of their efforts. Permitting those who can to work from home, providing company transportation – even offering rewards for carpooling – are a few ways businesses can turn a negative into a positive.
2) Design. It may seem insignificant in the bigger scheme of things, but workplace design can impact how employees perform. Findings by Matthew Davis of the University of Leeds determined that noise levels, the number of interruptions and distractions actually lowered levels of creative thinking and satisfaction among employees in a number of settings – lowering productivity, as well as the optimism of spirits.
Further research supports the concept of offering different types of workspaces, specific to functions or processes, permitting employees to move between stations as needed. Providing choices for the amount of privacy needed or desired may be a positive solution.
3) Furnishings. As a CEO or manager, are you thinking about comfort? When you shopped for your office furniture, what was at the top of your list for ‘most desirable’ attributes in a chair or desk? Chances are good that it was comfort. And it’s the same for your employees.
Being uncomfortable in the workplace can negatively affect the attitudes of others – and it can simply stem from the condition of the seat on which one is planted for most of the day!
When you feel better, you work better. Chronic discomfort, even pain, is a common complaint among office workers who must sit for hours. According to this article, in EHS Today, employees don’t have to be sick to be unproductive. It makes sense to provide a comfortable and supportive foundation for those you are expecting to make things happen each and every day.
4) Education and Training. Optimism can be learned. You may be a very positive leader who does right by your team members, but find that some are still not happy, performing below expected levels.
Here’s the thing: Wrong attitudes can happen in the best workplace environments.
But the good news is that even born pessimists can become more optimistic in their thinking through impact training and development.
Practicing optimism in the workplace can encourage others to aspire to more. Help your employees acquire the tools for learning. Invest in the right kind of training for the ultimate benefit of optimism – HOPE.
The right kind of training breathes new life into an organization, expanding creative thinking and vision for the future. Learning inspires growth and develops optimistic leaders who, in turn, are able to help your organization achieve more.