The stress and routine of office life can sometimes get the best of even the most optimistic person. There are plenty of great reasons to be positive in the office, including increased productivity, happy peers, job security, control and less stress, but sometimes those are easier said than done. To help you stay on track, here are several ways to be more positive in the office every day.
- Be Appreciative – It’s easy to get stuck in a rut when you’re focused on your own daily challenges. Instead, place the focus outwards by asking useful questions, giving accolades to your coworkers, and being gracious to those around you. The positivity will spread easily and create a healthy energized workplace
- Recharge Your Batteries – Take some personal time at the start of each day to reenergize yourself and get into a positive mindset. Arrive early, take deep breaths, start each day with a clean slate and organize yourself for the day to come. When you are balanced, focused and recharged it becomes much easier to stay positive throughout the day.
- Volunteer Your Time – While it may feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, by taking a few minutes out of your routine to contribute to the greater good of the office your time and commitment will come back to reward you. Whether it’s cleaning a communal area, starting a lunch break book club, or starting a fundraiser for a social issue that interests others, there are plenty of ways to contribute positively.
- Avoid Negative Work Attitudes – Getting caught up in office drama and gossip is a slippery slope, and can generate a negative work environment. Instead focus on the good qualities of your coworkers and share your appreciation. If you have a genuine issue with a fellow employee, address the issue with them directly, appropriately and constructively, rather than let negative feelings fester.
Staying positive in the workplace requires some conscious effort and consistent practice, but you’ll find the benefits go a long way to making your work day and environment much more pleasant. What ways have you found to be more positive in the office?