Positivity in the workplace

This course will guide you through the importance and benefits of positivity in the workplace

Section 1: Benefits of Positivity

The Benefits

Mental Benefits

Our emotions affect the way our mind works.When we are in a negative mood, our mind has a very narrow focus. This can be useful in helping us to respond rapidly to an eminent threat. When we hear a honking horn,it is in our best interest to ignore everything else and to focus on the car that honked to see if we are in danger. When a customer calls with a complaint, we should listen carefully to the explanation and focus on trying to resolve the situation. 

Positive emotions have the exact opposite effect on the way our mind works. Positive people are more mindful of what is going on around them; they take in more information.This leads them to make better decisions because they are more open and see more solutions to problems. Also, when people experience positive emotions, they feel safe and secure, so they can think in more divergent ways without feeling threatened.Thinking outside the box leads to greater creativity.

Social Benefits

Positive individuals are also more effective interpersonally. People feel closer and more connected to others when they experience positive emotions. They are more likely to make favorable judgments of people, which increases liking and leads to stronger relationships.Having high-quality relationships at work is related to personal growth, creativity and motivation.

Psychological Benefits

In addition to enhancing both cognitive and interpersonal skills, positivity also helps people build valuable psychological resources.Positive people have better mental health,experiencing less anxiety and lower levels of depression. They are also more hopeful, self confident and resilient.

Health Benefits

Positive people are physically healthier. They have lower blood pressures, lower heart rates,lower levels of stress-related hormones and stronger immune systems. Positivity lowers the probability of hypertension, diabetes and stroke. Positive people sleep better, have fewer colds and report experiencing less pain than negative people.

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  • Mental Benefits
    Our emotions affect the way our mind works. When we are in a negative mood, our mind has a very narrow focus.
  • Social Benefits
    Positive individuals are also more effective interpersonally. People feel closer and more connected to others when they experience positive emotions.
  • Psychological Benefits
    Positive people have better mental health, experiencing less anxiety and lower levels of depression.
  • Health Benefits
    Positive people are physically healthier. They have lower blood pressures, lower heart rates, lower levels of stress-related hormones and stronger immune systems.

Section 2: The Six Essentials of Workplace Positivity

6 Essentials

Positive Thinking

The way we think has a powerful effect on our emotions and our behavior. It even affects our abilities. People who think about words related to success before they take an intelligence test do far better than people who think about words related to failure, for any given IQ level

Positive Relationships

Having close, trusting relationships is the key distinction between happy and unhappy people.

 Four key strategies for building positive relationships are:1) respect and appreciation; 2) recognition;3) trust; and 4) generosity.

Strengths

People have a natural desire to realize their potential, and the best way to do this is through their strengths. The happiest, most successful people have the opportunity to use their strengths often. Employees who have the chance to use their strengths every day have higher levels of customer satisfaction and productivity, as well as higher retention rates

Empowerment

In positive work environments, people are empowered to do their job successfully. They know what their goals are and they have the support and autonomy needed to achieve their goals. According to the progress principle,a new theory of work motivation,people are happier at work when they have the opportunity to experience achievement.

Meaning

Many people look to their work to find a sense of fulfillment. They believe their career is not just about making a living, but that it is about making a difference.

Well-Being

Managers create positive work environments by showing their employees they are genuinely concerned about their well-being.

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  • Positive Thinking
    view mistakes as opportunities to learn
  • Positive Relationhips
    Let people know you appreciate who they are
  • Strengths
    Focus feedback on people’s strengths
  • Empowerment
    Clearly define goals and expectations
  • Meaning
    Continuously remind people of the company’s mission
  • Well-being
    Play games, have parties, find creative ways to have fun

Section 3: How to create positive attitude at workplace

Ways to create positive attitude in the workplace

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  • Giving the benefit of the doubt
    believing what they say and taking their word because you, yourself, have some doubt what happened
  • Practice generosity of spirit
    Don’t wait for someone else to share or help - do it first.
  • Speak well of others
    Show respect to people you're talking about, and to people you're talking to. Whatever a man sows, that is what he will also reap
  • Look at what works
    There is always something good in every situation - find it and do it. Create list of things to do.
  • Show appreciation
    Everyone wants to feel appreciated. For many, appreciation is just saying thank you. Your one appreciation will give them true smile.
  • Give positive reinforcement
    Tell someone face to face how much they mean to you. You can write a thank you note. (Via email)
  • Spread happiness
    You can motivate others. Celebrate wins and encourage fun will make your work place very joyful.
  • Encourage positive thinking
    When you start to feel overwhelmed with negative thoughts, force yourself to focus on positive things. Look around you and appreciate the simple things - even if it’s only for a few minutes.