Attitudes are contagious. Negative attitudes at the workplace bring an organisation towards failure in the long run. There are many things which contribute to a negative work environment. Here are some forms of negative attitudes: •Meetings in which most of the discussion is on what is going wrong rather than about ideas on how to solve the problem. •Groups of people complain about the way the company is being run and how the company is “screwing them over. ” •Upper management seems to care only about how they are measured (usually by short-term profits) rather than about the long-term success of the company. General conversations occur around the workplace almost daily in which people complain to each other about how this, that, or the entire company is doomed to fail.
Or about how much they “hate working here. ” •Employees backstab each other in attempts to “get ahead” in the company. •People leave their workplace at the end of the day feeling drained and lifeless from all the negative energy. •Customers receive poor service due to the negativity of the company representatives. These customers do not repeat business or refer new customers. It is easy to get sucked into the negativity.
Even if someone goes into work feeling upbeat and positive but will quickly get sucked down by the negative attitudes surrounding them. However a positive attitude at the workplace can make a big difference. Managers should find out ways to bring positive attitude in the workplace as a positive attitude in the workplace brings the organisation towards success, career success for those working in it. It also reduces stress.
Furthermore, it decreases absenteeism and increased productivity which is beneficial for the company. Here are some strategies which managers can use to bring a positive work environment: 1. The Manager should become a better leader, for instance, if you own a company or if you manage people, those who report to you, usually get more from watching you than they do listening to what you are saying. Be a good example of having a positive attitude in the workplace. Set goals and ask for people’s support in achieving them. Take a positive attitude approach to achieve those goals and to overcome challenges. Your attitude and enthusiasm will spread throughout your workplace. A positive attitude is just as infectious as a negative one. Be areful about which one you are fostering.
2. Organise outings, staff club, party, etc… for the employees, Socialise the employees among themselves, this gives them a sense of belonging; reduces conflict and stress. Stress can have a serious negative impact on your health. If you can reduce your stress or the stress of everyone in your organisation you’ll enjoy better health, less sick days and better productivity. 3. Organise training for those who need it for improvement, Training on ‘How to build a positive attitude’ and so on. This will improve the attitude of the employees.
As I already mentioned before, positive attitudes are infectious. Even if you are the manager, you can help create a positive attitude in the workplace by bringing the change you want to see. Refuse to participate in negative conversations. When you are in a meeting or when you encounter a challenge, instead of dwelling on whose fault it is or on the challenge itself, steer the conversation to focus on how the issue can be overcome. You might seem a bit odd to others at first, but your attitude will begin to affect change. Keep at it and keep focused on your goal of affecting change.
Soon the employees will be drawn to you because they cannot help but like being in the company of somebody positive. And soon the attitude will spread throughout the workplace. Or at the very least, those who insist on staying negative will not bother you anymore because they know you will not entertain their negativity. 4. The manager should improve teamwork: Teams are much more effective when the members are united in overcoming challenges and figuring out how they can achieve their objectives rather than dwelling on all the problems and obstacles that stand in their way.
They should put emphasis on team building and the term “TEAM” by pointing toward it meaning, “Together Everybody Achieve More” 5. The manager should improve motivation for himself and others by scrutinising what might spur the employees’ action: If one has a positive attitude about achieving goals and success in general, he will be much more motivated to take action. If someone look at what he would like to accomplish and see only the obstacles, his motivation will diminish quickly.