So I had the pleasure of attending a staff meeting this morning and a question on the workplace survey took my attention.
Is your office a positive place to work?
The results were overwhelmingly negative.
Next question, what can we do to make our office a more positive environment?
Now, before I continue, let me make one thing clear. I was blown away by these statistics that were being presented to me as the result of my workplace survey. I consider my job to be a happy place. I work at a nonprofit that gives people with disabilities the tools they need to lead independent lives and make their own choices. What’s not to love about that?
But as I surveyed the room, I realized that positivity in the workplace is more of an individual thing. Your happiness depends on you. In order for everyone to have a happier workplace, each individual’s attitude must be examined. What do you need to be happy? Anything you can help? If you can help it, change it. If you can’t change anything, deal with it differently.
A negative mind never produced a positive life. It’s not easy. It’s something I have to put work into every day, but it’s so worth it.
Here are 5 tips that help me remain positive even when negative people or negative activities bring me down:
1. Take a walk.
Sunshine and fresh air will do amazing things to your mood! Frustrating phone call? Take a walk around your office building. Can’t focus? Step outside and when you get back to your desk, you will feel your work rejuvenating.
2. Avoid Facebook.
I have deleted the Facebook app off my phone, and I couldn’t be happier without it. When you’re down in the dumps, the last thing you need/want is to read others brag about how amazing their life is going, how many vacations they’re taking, and exposing their best face while you feel less than adequate.
3. If a really big deal happens, allow yourself to be upset, but give yourself a time limit.
Sometimes, I have a really frustrating day—when it rains, it pours. I’ll get home, and ask my boyfriend for just thirty minutes to unwind and relax. We don’t have to talk, trade stories, or even vent(unless that helps, too), I just want to pout, and then pick myself up and move on.
4. Be nice to others.
Working with any amount of people can be frustrating at times. If someone gives you trouble, kill them with kindness! I promise, it works! You will feel much better in the long run if you’re nice to others.
5. Be nice to yourself.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Victories, big or small, remember to treat yourself. Just finished a project at work? Guess who earned a new gym outfit? Small victories count, too! Survived a terrible meeting? That Grande Frappuccino from Starbucks is begging for you to drink it!
Five small steps, but hopefully they make a difference in helping you remember it’s really the little things that add up to the big things! Have a wonderful day!