- Is your office a positive place to work?
- Would you recommend your workplace to a friend that is looking for a job?
- The thought of going to work, makes your Monday feel less hard to cope with?
If your answer to these questions is no, then here are 6 tips to help you remain positive when negative activities at work bring you down.
When I quit my full time job over a year ago, I was asked by my HR Manager to complete a survey and I remember very well these 3 questions, all of them I angrily answered with NO. As an HR manager myself, I felt I knew exactly what the problems of the company were and how they could be fixed, but after many tries and just as many rejections of projects to motivate people, and get them to enjoy their time at work, I just gave up.
But now that I think about it and because of the fact that blogging full time also turned out meaning having to work with other people as well, with both great and not so great days, I understood that is not just the company that is to blame for a negative work environment, instead I think that each individual has an obligation to help create a positive work environment. Here is how:
- Attitude – No matter the job or how hard things are at your workplace, if we come to work with a negative attitude and constantly say “I hate this job, I cannot wait to be home”, things will only get worse. Try instead to find something positive about the workplace, perhaps a colleague that you are happy to see or if possible listen to your favourite music or a positive podcasts to give you inspiration.
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- Be nice to other people – Interactions between colleagues can easily be misunderstood, especially if you are working in a busy environment or you are dealing with tough times at work. Most times when we receive a bad news at work, we tend to focus on the same problem for the whole day, we forget to smile to other people or even acknowledge them. Right? This can easily give the wrong impression and lead to people start avoiding you. If this happens to you, allow yourself some time to feel mad about it, get some air and then come back with new energy and keep being nice to people no matter the problems. According to WhenIwork.com, “ doing something kind for people has the same effect as trying new and exciting things when it comes to feeling happy”.
- Negative people – In the many places I’ve worked there was always someone that thought that had it harder than anyone else, or found problems with everything. There are also times when gossip goes around in the workplace and while that might seem like a fun thing to be part of, it actually affects your mood and your energy. My advice, stay away from those kind of people or change the subject to something more cheerful and happy that doesn’t involve talking about other people’s life.
- Don’t take things personally – If someone didn’t respond to you as expected or you where perhaps bypassed on leading a project, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s something personal with you. When I work with people or even just going somewhere where I am surrounded by other people, I always try to think that everyone has their problems outside of work and their own reasons for not always behaving as you expect. As long as you know you didn’t do anything wrong, why worry about it?
- Create goals and routine at work – What is your goal for this month at work? How are you keeping yourself motivated? Having a goal in mind, such as aiming for a higher position, creates anticipation and excitement and makes you want to come to work and do your best. Creating a routine goes hand in hand with achieving your goal, so no matter the position, always strike for learning more and getting the most out of it.
- Treat your lunch time the best way possible – if the weather allows it, I love when I can take my lunch and eat it outside, on a bench in the sun, thinking about anything else but work. No matter how busy you are, do not eat your lunch at the desk or in front of the computer, you can easily improve your mood by taking a few steps outside of the office, breathing some fresh air. Also, instead of takeaway and fast food meals, take some time at home to prepare yourself a nice meal that you will enjoy next day at work.
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Building a positive work environment takes time, but it can really change your entire attitude towards your daily life, colleagues can slowly become your friends and it might get you positive acknowledgement from your boss as well.
So, now I am going to ask this question again “is your office a positive place to work in?”
And if not, what are you going to do about it?
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