Maintaining a Positive Attitude in the Workplace
1. Be grateful.
No matter how busy you are or how pressured you are at work, never forget to be thankful for everything and to anyone. You should always start your day with a word of gratitude. Be thankful for your job even though you do not like it that much. After all, you are still so lucky to have one compared to millions of unemployed people anywhere in the world. If your subordinate gave you a cup of coffee, be thankful. If your co-worker or secretary reminded you of an upcoming activity, be thankful. If you see to it that you always express your gratitude even in little things or small acts of kindness being done to you, this habit will contaminate the rest of your co-workers in the workplace. Just notice your co-worker’s face light up when you say a word of thanks to him or her. Notice how your boss smiled when you uttered the words “thank you”. All of these positive reactions will no doubt lead to a positive working atmosphere.
2. Pass the kindness
One of the best ways to keep a positive attitude in the workplace is to pass an act of kindness each day. Even small acts of kindness can go a long way towards spreading a positive atmosphere in the workplace. Make an effort to lend a hand to your officemate who is too busy with some paper works. Try to give your co-worker a cup of coffee. Volunteer to help to anybody who needs it. It really does not matter how you do it for as long as it is a kind gesture that will make your co-worker or anybody at work happy. The more often you do this the more contagious such deed becomes. Eventually, you will find that these gestures of kindness will become natural and common acts of kindness of everybody.
3. Avoid gossip
Gossip will lead you nowhere. Avoid talking about the negative aspects of anybody’s personal or professional life. Instead of complaining about the attitude of one co-worker, try to find a way to voice out this concern to him personally. If you need to criticize, make sure to do it in a very constructive manner. Comment on each other’s negative deeds in a manner that encourages one to change for the better. If you notice your officemates gossiping, stay away from them. Gossiping will only increase your vulnerability to stress and anxiety in the workplace. It is when people gossip that negative thoughts and emotions become toxins that ruin the overall atmosphere in the workplace.
4. See the good things
Some people hate their job because they only see the negative side of it. They always complain about having a difficult boss but they never think about how to improve their performance at work. They always complain about the low compensation but they never made an effort to make themselves worthy of a just compensation. In everything that surrounds us, we should always try to see the goodness in it. Always open your eyes to the good things that surround you. However, this does not mean that you ignore the bad things. Once you see something negative, take action right away.
Keeping a positive attitude in the workplace will not only boost everyone’s productivity. It will also strengthen your working relationship with each other. When positive attitude prevails in the workplace everybody becomes less vulnerable to stress and anxiety. Thus, the workplace becomes a healthy working environment where everybody enjoys being part of it.
About the Author:
Ryan Rivera used to suffer from the symptoms of anxiety attacks for seven years. He now dedicates his life helping other anxiety sufferers through his writings. You can read more of his articles at Calm Clinic.