What brings positivity in the workplace? 7


We generally work best when we feel comfortable and happy about what we do. Unfortunately, we’re not always happy and we’re not always comfortable with the work we do. Don’t expect the best work ever from a disgruntled employee, you may be in for a surprise if you underestimate the feelings of an unhappy person at work. A positive attitude brings about a positive amount of work flow.

Open communication

A transparent form of communication addresses the employee’s need to feel that what they have to say is of value. Open communication bring about a sense of belonging in the workplace. If employers don’t take into consideration the feelings of their workers, the worker will in fact be left feeling isolated. Always leave open the lines of communication for them to feel included and part of the family. Work for them will then become meaningful because they know that what they contribute affects the organisation that they are affiliated with.

The balance of life and work

There has to be some sort of balance between work and personal life. Work around employees having to take work home with them. Yes, work needs to get done and it is a priority, but the worker’s personal time should not mix in with their work time. If co-workers already work in close proximity to one another, such as in the case of a control room design layout, then that’s already too close for comfort. Everyone needs their own space and time to breathe. Going home at the end of a long day without any extra work to be done, is already a sigh of relief.

Give recognition where it is due

It’s not necessary to hand out an award. A simple verbal recognition by the supervisor is all that is necessary to spur the employees’ motivation and confidence. When hard work is suitably rewarded and duly recognised by management, employees will feel appreciated and know that what that the effort they put in is not in vain. This kind of mentality is healthy for the organisation because employees will be willing to go the extra mile without thinking that their efforts will not be noticed.

Team spirit

Everyone naturally wants to have a sense of belonging. We tend to seek support from our peers and want to feel that we belong to strong group of people in our circle, especially our work circle. When tough times come, the team should come together to deal with whatever problems they are facing. This is when employees will feel that they are not just working for themselves.

Building up positive team spirit is good to have because it motivates and drive the workforce. The team is only as strong as their weakest link, so if that link should slack, there should be reinforcement to uplift that individual. 

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7 thoughts on “What brings positivity in the workplace?

  • Brian V Moore

    Well-written Chantel.

    When people feel valued, cared-for and respected – and know their behaviourial boundaries – and focuses – and are able to easily communicate and manage their relationships team unity is ensured.

    “Put people together in a way that will have them bouncing ideas off each other, befriending each other, and taking care of each other, and suddenly they are coming to you, not with gripes and problems, but with solutions and great ideas.”

    – Richard Branson, in his book, Business Stripped Bare

  • Lynel Farrell

    Chantel, spot on!  And thank you for this, I absolutely agree.  I have worked with a great team of people and it was very clear that once the atmosphere is set on a great positive atmosphere, the work-flow is unstoppable!  Team spirit is always based on positive attitudes and nothing can stop such a team!  Always handle your team with care, and you will never face obstacles alone!  Guide and support them, so that they can support you!

  • Wale Osborne

    Please Hannes, don’t fire her…. print Chantel write up for her and get her to talk everyone through it. Then tell everyone at the meeting what she and everyone else will start to do differently right from the meeting….

    It becomes more fun with this kind of engagement approach…… Positive Productivity is a reality.

    Chantel, thanks and I have taken conscious decision to get my PA read this to me and tell me what I need to improve in our work relationship….

  • Hannes Nel

    Excellent, Chantel. Our Training Manager takes boxes of work home most evenings. I am now appointing a personal assistant for her, and if she does not learn to delegate she will be the first person to be fired because she works too hard! 🙂