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How to Create a Positive Working Environment

We spend much of our life at work and, with the current environment we’re in today, surrounded by more challenges and stress than ever. How can we create a positive environment at work? Positive and effective, when we don’t have the authority to make changes? The reality is that the attitude that we ourselves have when we’re at work plays an important role.

The suggestions that we are proposing below are aimed at all those people around us: colleagues, and especially our bosses, since they have a major impact on our work experience.

If we show confidence, respect, patience and a calm approach, it is very likely that we will receive these back in return.

What can we do to influence others in order to create a more positive work environment?

  1. Positive reinforcement: these phrases below will emphasize the characteristics that make each person unique within the company.

I appreciate the way that you …

I’m impressed with …

I really enjoy working with you because …

This team could not succeed without your …

I admire the way you take the time to …

You are very good at …

  1. Show gratitude: whenever you can, and even if you’re not in the mood, thank others for something they did. If you have the opportunity, thank them for something they didn’t expect to be thanked for,- either for something specific or say why it was useful for others in the company. And don’t forget to make sure you take care of your boss, obviously.
  2. Spread happiness: A “Hello!” and a smile work miracles! A sincere smile brightens anyone’s day. In addition to a “Good morning!”, add a “How are you doing?”  Don’t forget this one.
  3. Motivate others: The simple gesture of printing a photo, surrounding yourself with motivational quotes where everyone can see them, – these things help a lot! 
  4. Celebrate success: Start meetings by talking about an achievement or sharing something positive that is happening in the group, project, job, etc. Encourage others to do the same.
  5. Various celebrations: start the day by writing an email to the team inviting them to cakes, sandwiches, … with the simple excuse of celebrating a birthday, a move, a trip, a new house, an upcoming wedding.
  6. Reinforce positive thinking: post a phrase or positive quote next to the printer, the coffee machine or somewhere that receives a lot of traffic, so that everyone can see it.
  7. Respond with a positive attitude: when someone does not agree with some point of view on work issues, think to yourself “how interesting!”, instead of immediately going on the defensive.
  8. Encourage fun: add some fun by choosing a day of the month or quarter for a themed costume day or a desktop decoration day,- for example: hat day, day of the wild socks, decorating with flowers, pictures of tropical places , etc.
  9. Share your gratitude: write five things that you like or are thankful for about your work and share one of them with at least one of your colleagues.


Other ways to create a great work environment

  • Moods are very contagious! There are many tips for improving people’s moods, but there is one tip on how to you can improve your own mood so that your good vibes infect those around you. Take a few minutes to remember and visualize a moment when you really had fun. It could be a moment when you were doing something, or a visiting a place you liked, or being with someone you enjoy and who makes you feel good. Enjoy and savor your happy memories and try to keep that feeling always in your mind, for as often as you need it.
  • Finding meaning and purpose to what we do is an excellent way to maintain a positive attitude. Always keep this in mind! Remind yourself and others of this. Because what you do is important. Remember the purpose and sense of accomplishment you’ll get from doing your work, and how this will add value to your company, the client, your environment, etc. Sometimes, and in many cases, the “client” is not the final user of the services and products of your company, but it could easily be a person from your immediate environment who has confidence in what you do and whose work directly affects yours.

If the objective is to strengthen the company and the environment, don’t focus on fleeting motivational incentives that yield diminishing returns. Instead, build a culture of support that recognizes employees as human beings, not as resources. Celebrating success, allowing autonomy, strengthening close ties at home and in the office, and not forgetting and understanding that mistakes happen. This is a solid foundation that will be built to last.


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