Be positive!

By Amy Chaffins

being positive at workIt’s not easy being the positive person in the office. It can get downright lonely and it’s so much easier to slip into the role of crabby coffee-clutcher.
Which one are you at your office? Are you cheery or negative?

Here’s a test: If you’re rolling your eyes right now just thinking about that positive person in your office, well, you’re due for a positive attitude makeover.

Being positive and upbeat, smiling at your co-workers and holding your head high is simple and no matter how long you’ve been the office grump, it’s never too late to turn that frown upside down.
If anything, being positive at the office is a self-preservation tool. The work day will zip by if you have the right frame of mind. Decide to be positive! Shirk the office gossip and choose to see the best in co-workers and customers.
After all, this is just a job – don’t let your job define who you are as a person! Decide who you are as a person and fit those eight hours a day into your life.
Ultimately, life’s too short to be miserable. If you hate your job, quit and move on.
But if there’s still a sliver of hope that you can salvage your current employment situation with a change in your attitude – do it. Give it a try.
In the meantime, I came across the some bits of advice for bringing positivity to the workplace.
Dr. Marla Gottschalk, an industrial/organizational psychologist who specializes in workplace success strategies and organizational change, offered a few ideas to encourage positivity (below).

● Show gratitude. Recognizing others for their contribution to your own success or that of the team is a powerful resource builder. Routinely expressing gratitude can set a powerful and positive tone of respect among co-workers. The simple words “thank you” can have a long-standing effect on work-life happiness.

● Focus on strengths. Utilizing our talents in the workplace is a key confidence builder. Make every attempt to incorporate the areas in which you excel into everyday work life. If you supervise others, help facilitate this process for them as well.

● Balance negatives. Human beings have the tendency to dwell on negative information. Often we find ourselves obsessing about a goal we didn’t fulfill—or a perceived slight in a meeting. Build your inner resilience by refocusing your energy on successes when you are faced with disappointment or stress.
● Practice “flexible” thinking. When considering a new challenge, be sure to explore numerous potential obstacles and generate alternative pathways to effectively manage them. This exercise builds feelings of hopefulness in the face of an unexpected turn of events—a common occurrence.

● Acknowledge steps to success. Often we focus on lofty, larger goals that may take an extended amount of time to accomplish. Identify and celebrate incremental goals along the way to help bolster energy levels and maintain focus.

● Support your team. If you manage others, ensure that you are communicating your confidence in their abilities. Does your team understand that you truly believe in them? Remember, others can detect a subtle tone of negativity. If you have doubts, search for the source of your concern and help your team develop to meet the challenge.

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