Negative Nancy bringing you down at work?
Promote a positive attitude in your organization and dramatically increase employee productivity.
"An optimist is the human personification of spring."
- Susan J. Bissonette
If you're like me, you've had one of those days when you've begun work with a spring in your step and a smile on your face, eager to see what the day had to offer. But by the end of a particularly long and stressful day, you've left the office with a dramatic mood change, slumped shoulders, and a negative attitude. It has been a tough day surrounded by negative employees with poor attitudes.
We are only human, and the trials and tribulations of the working world often takes a toll on all of us. A more dangerous fact is that, poor attitudes can seriously damage not just the attitudes of coworkers, but the company's productivity levels.
There are, however, a number of things you can do to help manage and improve employee attitudes when faced with a negative workplace culture. Go against the tide and take it upon yourself to become a positive influence in your company.
Here are eight suggestions derived from the new hot-selling book, Leadership Charisma:
1. Remind yourself why you started the day out so optimistically.
You are this way because you want to be, and you need to continually remind yourself of this. It is common knowledge that there is a direct relationship between productivity and employee attitudes.
2. Stay focused on your goals. Henry Ford said it best:
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."
3. Associate with positive people.
There is strength in numbers!
4. Stay strong around negative people and sources.
Avoid engaging in conversations with employees with negative attitudes.
5. Look for opportunities and take action.
If you find an opportunity to have a positive influence on another employee, don't hesitate. They may in fact "pay it forward," by passing your good vibes on to others. If all else fails, you have increased the level of optimism and positivity in your workplace by that one person.
6. Acknowledge yourself and your achievements.
Don't sell yourself short. It's okay to be proud of your accomplishments.
7. Dress and groom yourself well.
If you dress like a positive, successful person, you will feel like one. If you feel like one, you can become that person.
8. Get lots of rest and exercise.
When you exhibit these optimistic attitudes among your coworkers, you will instill in them your energy and enthusiasm. The shared vision of the organization will become clearer, and it is at that moment - when you can make others optimistic and enthusiastic - that you have truly become a charismatic leader.
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