For an organization to experience swift growth, its internal atmosphere must be ideal for creativity and productivity. That comes from a positive work environment
Generally, the responsibilities of maintaining a positive vibe in the daily work environment go to the seniors. But juniors can equally contribute to easing the process of creating a work environment where everyone can thrive.
A positive working environment (that maintains psychological safety) makes an employee feel like he is at home and naturally, he starts to enjoy his work, no matter whether it is easy or difficult.
A positive work environment helps people to accept arduous work and push their limits.
How Can You Create A Positive Work Environment?
A positive work environment is one where people are not afraid to express their innovative ideas, or worried that their credit will be usurped by a toxic boss. It’s where workers thrive and support each other in a healthy and positive way, and the company can expect to get the best out of their employees.
Here are the six ways to create a work environment full of positivity for optimal work performance:
1. Train People How To Reframe Issues And Problems As Opportunities.
As the saying goes, “Charity begins at home,” in the same way, a positive environment begins with positive people.
Most employees are in a state of stress and have a negative approach to any critical work. The negativity could be due to peer pressure, lack of growth, and the constant bombardment of critical issues.
Instead, an employee should see an issue as an opportunity to learn new skills, improve upon his weak links and be an expert in his domain.
If someone is not improving and challenging his limits, he is likely to get stagnant in one position and suffer from mental depression.
Therefore, one has to accept that issues are a part of professional life, and how one handles them to improve skills and experience determines what one will become in the future.
The seniors should also come forward to help the juniors in whatever way possible to encourage them to look upon issues as opportunities and progress rapidly.
The moment employees get into the habit of seeing issues as scope for growth, a natural positive work environment will prevail.
2. Foster A Culture Of Appreciation Throughout the Organization.
The reason freshers leave companies after a few years of experience is because of a lack of appreciation for their work. No matter what the salary is, if a person enjoys his work and finds a positive work environment, even if better opportunities come, he will stay with the company.
With a culture of appreciation, a person feels like he is an integral part of the company and does not think he is just working for another company for the moment.
This is where seniors have to take responsibility and communicate their appreciation to juniors.
For example, a team manager must appreciate a team member’s work for his performance in a project module. Or congratulate the entire team for the completion of a project and highlight the good points that can help the members feel happy.
One does not have to give rewards to appreciate a work, a few written lines and verbal compliments in front of the entire team will drive him to do better work in the future.
It is due to a lack of appreciation, most of the employees leave a company within a few years and move on to another, and the process continues. Unless someone is mentally happy every day at where he is and what he is doing, one day of salary in a month cannot keep him working at his best.
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3. Build A Climate of Constant (Non-threatening) Communication
It is the lack of communication that builds a negative work environment. Building a positive work environment is like working in a team where every team member has to coordinate and perform at their best, and eventually, it would lead to the overall growth of the teamwork.
Communication between juniors and seniors in an office to break the barrier is one major factor. Every person must be open and approachable.
A person should always communicate their progress and problems to managers, and the managers must be receptive and respond to the employee personally or through personal messages.
Sometimes, managers set high expectations and milestones that employees have to achieve within a deadline. If it is creating stress at work, the employees should address the problem and come up with an alternative solution.
Daily reporting, weekly meetings, chat sessions, and even a few lines in between working hours can improve the work environment massively. Many people just assume, and this can be dangerous. While the seniors’ responsibility is to keep communicating, the juniors have to go and ask.
4. Allow People To Accept Or Reject Additional Responsibilities.
While some people always complain about not getting enough work or responsibility, others complain about having too much work. In every situation, be positive and work on any issue.
If you are not getting enough work and suffering mentally, communicate the same to your manager.
But make sure, when opportunities come, you do snatch it by its throat and progress rapidly.
Gossiping, whining, and complaining to someone else will only make the matter worse instead, address the problem and speak about it to the right person who can change it.
Every challenge is an opportunity to grow and hence instead of avoiding it, embrace it and learn to grow.
5. Let Employees Socialize Outside The Work Constraints.
Companies should arrange unique events where the employees in a department or office can coordinate with one another and build a friendship.
Most people in a workplace are professionals, and they do not get time to talk to one another.
Arranging such events as playing games, contests, and any fun activities by forming random teams can break the ice, and juniors and seniors can become good friends and maintain a positive work environment throughout their stay.
If you have good friends at your workplace, you will feel more comfortable working, and together you can build a positive work environment.
Many organizations have ‘fun Fridays’ or employee engagement activities.
Sometimes, companies can arrange surprises for employees from time to time.
It could be a simple birthday card, work anniversary card, and even a gift as a token of appreciation for excellent work.
This creates a great, positive work environment.
6. Allocate Tasks According To The Employee’s Strengths.
It is up to the managers to allocate the right project to the right person.
Therefore, while forming the team, the manager must ask for or survey the skills of a person and then include him in the team with his consent.
It may be unprofessional, and it is necessary to maintain a positive work environment.
In such an environment, everyone would get the work they are good at, and they would love what they are doing, and naturally, there would be a truly positive work environment of the best work.
Creating a culture of learning, training, and development, not just technical but behavioral, can build the right skills also as this can create a positive and empowered environment.
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Author Bio: Harrish Sairama is a leadership development and executive coach. He believes in “a high energy, insightful learning experience driven by impactful activities to bring in a transformational shift among his participants.”
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