By Nicole Tinkham
Too many times a perfectly good day is ruined by someone else’s negativity. You wake up in a great mood because you get to spend the entire day at a job that you absolutely love and then BOOM you walk into the office and you get an uneasy feeling. You may start feeling drained, unproductive, and unhappy in that job you love so much. Some people pick up on emotions easier than others but it can easily spread to the entire company. What’s scary is it can even affect your home life as well. Yikes!
Does any of this sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone. There always seems to be at least one Debbie downer in the group. While you can’t go changing people overnight (wouldn’t that be nice!) there are some things you can do to remain positive and inspire others to do the same. Here’s how YOU can make a powerful impact on your workplace environment.
No matter what’s going on in the office you have two ways to deal with it. You can sit around and dwell on the situation making it even more stressful on yourself (and others) or you can remain positive no matter what comes your way. We suggest going the positive route. You’ll find that your calmness can make everyone else a little happier as well.
Don’t feel like you have to get involved in the office drama. In fact, sometimes the best thing to do is stay out of it altogether. However, you may have a helpful solution that can change the way others think about an issue. If so, let them know!
“I can’t” doesn’t exist
Telling yourself you can’t do something just won’t do. “I can’t” is a negative thought process. Aren’t you trying to eliminate negativity in the first place?? You CAN make a positive impact on those around you if you believe you can. Stop putting yourself down. And be willing to lift others up too! That’s a sign of a powerful person!
Start a trend and smile. Smile when you walk in the office. Smile when you get your morning coffee. Smile when a co-worker is complaining about whatever is causing them to have a bad day. Smile when you’re swamped with work. Smile when you’re in a bad mood. ALWAYS smile! It’s contagious. The more you do it, the more others will too.
Your mindset goes way beyond what happens in the workplace. It has everything to do with how you live your life as a whole. Think about that. How do you really want to live your life? Do you want to be joyous, full of life and energy? Bring that kind of attitude to work with you every day. Don’t let negative people change who you are. Be committed to your love and never let their hate take over your life.
Don’t become the problem
Here’s the scenario: One person is constantly complaining about something and it’s driving you nuts. You’ve got to talk to someone about it. So you go over to another co-worker and complain about the negative attitude you’re experiencing. You just did is the one thing you can’t stand!! You’re complaining! Now you’re part of the problem. Instead, let the comments roll off your shoulder and carry on with your life. It’s easy to talk about everything that is going wrong; anyone can do that! Instead of talking about things that are terrible, step up and become part of the solution and see how you can help bring about positive change.
Chances are, your company works as a team. Everyone has their strengths and bring something different to the table. It’s important to recognize those who contribute to your success as well as the company’s. Expressing gratitude goes a long way in setting a positive tone in the workplace.
Why is positivity important at work? Your company culture is what makes you want to go to work every day. Your company culture is the lifeblood behind everything you do as a company. If it’s a fun and friendly atmosphere, you’ll actually want to be there and you’ll end up being more productive. If it’s draining and full of gossipers and complainers, you’ll feel the negative impact of it. Decide to be the person that adds to the culture, and doesn’t take away from it!
There are many ways to have a good company culture for example doing fun things as a team is one of many ways to see a spike in your company mood and morale. We love doing potluck lunch parties and we’ve planned a bowling night as a company too. It’s going to be a blast!
Now it’s your turn, tell us: What’s your company culture like? Are you actively engaged in it? Does it have an impact on your daily work production? Comment below please! We’d love to hear from you.