How to Foster a Positive Work Environment
As a leader, the culture, values, and attitudes of your workplace begin with you. When employees are more productive, clients are eagerly connecting, and sales are soaring, that’s because a space has been cultivated to allow positivity to blossom. On the other hand, a negative work environment will cause laziness, declining sales, and a diminishing desire to connect with others. In order to avoid that, here are some ways in which you can effectively create a positive space for your work and organization to thrive.
You Must Set The Integrity of the Workplace
When you have good written values in place and you model these for others, people are going to follow in your footsteps. By holding yourself accountable for your actions, others will understand that you desire these same qualities in them. People will also feel more comfortable in the workplace and this will naturally influence a positive work culture.
You Must Nurture the People of Your Organization, Not Just the Organization Itself
There are some “leaders” who value their position of authority over their own people. This will never lead to anything constructive. As a person of influence, it’s imperative that you love your people more than your position, because when you do this, your position of authority actually strengthens. To know that your employees are being nurtured, they must feel that you are committed to them and that you appreciate them. By allowing your employees to feel loved, they will love their work too, and you will ultimately see positive results.
You Must Be An Active Listener
When your employees talk to you, make sure you engage in a way that they know you are listening and interested in what they have to say. Look at them, ask questions, don’t change the subject, and always respond. The minute you cease listening is the minute your employees will back away from discussing things with you. Taking the time to hear your employees will not only foster better relationships, but will lead to positive change for the future.
You Must Understand Others
By getting to know your employees better, you will be able to know their proper place in your organization and where they will thrive best. This is a win-win situation because they will feel empowered to be in a position they are successful at and you both will reap the benefits that’s to come! To get to know your employees, learn about their background and their goals for the future, pay attention to their personality and relationships with others, and always try to see the world from their point of view.
By implementing these actions into your daily life, whether it’s at the workplace or even at home, you will begin to see the seeds you have sewn blooming into beautiful positivity! Remember, if the people of your organization are taken care of, everything else will fall into place.
This article was written by Ron Nursey who is a member of the John Maxwell leadership team. If you are interested in growing yourself and your business please reach out to me in an email at RonCNursey@gmail.com.