The workplace, like the world, is full of different personalities. Those different personalities can drive workplace success, so let’s learn to embrace them!
Obstacles happen. So too, does negativity in the workplace. Negative employees always seem to be in a bad mood, are not productive, and are challenging to work with, whether because they say no to everything or because their pessimism brings down everyone around them. Negative attitudes can be disruptive and destructive, affecting co-workers’ focus, motivation, and happiness at work.
“Happiness is a warm puppy.” ― Charles M. Schulz
The good news is, the unemployment rate is at an all-time low – 3.6% as of January 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bad news is…
“There’s no crying in baseball!” Tom Hank’s famous line from the movie A League of Their Own may bring a chuckle, but it’s the crying in business that is the dark little secret nobody talks about.
Statistics on productivity time lost and resulting cost to your business due to interruptions vary. Aside from these aspects, think about how you feel when you are interrupted – often frustration and anger levels rise and have a further impact on your productivity and ability to refocus.
Does your organization have a reward and recognition program in place? Employees would work harder if they felt their efforts were better appreciated. Recognizing talent takes small steps, does not require significant expenditures, and has an impact on the organizational, operational, and individual levels.
Over the years, the need to balance work-life has continued to be a hot topic. Happier employees are not only more efficient but also produce higher quality work. Work-life balance creates a more satisfied workforce but also improves employee retention and overall productivity.
Empathy is one of the most effective ways to have better relationships at work. Since empathy is often confused with sympathy, let’s first get some clarity on the two.
Culture is the character and personality of your company. It’s what makes your business unique and is the sum of its values, traditions, beliefs, interactions, behaviors, and attitudes. Positive workplace culture attracts talent, drives engagement, impacts happiness and satisfaction, and affects performance. The personality of your business is influenced by everything: leadership, management, workplace practices, policies, people, and more.
Respectful treatment of employees at all levels is the #1 contributor to employee satisfaction. Research shows that respect beats out compensation, benefits, job security and trust between employees and senior management, and opportunities to use your skills and abilities at work.
Yet few employees believe they are treated respectfully.
Let’s fix that.