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Simple Ways to Keep a Positive Attitude While Working at Home

Posted By Ava Ewald, Monday, May 4, 2020
 A 95-year-old World War II veteran in Oregon reportedly beat COVID-19. How? He claims it was his positivity. It may be hard to maintain sometimes, but a positive attitude can have a great impact on you and those around you. RPI works to help you improve recognition and engagement in your workplace, and in these trying times a positive workplace culture is more important than ever.


According to Business News Daily, saying “stay positive” is easy, but it is harder to practice than one might think — especially at home. Here are some tips to help you stay positive in this trying time.


1.       Say “yes” as much as you can

While respecting work-life boundaries, saying “yes” more than “no” is a great way to spread positivity in the workplace. It validates others’ ideas and helps move things along. Additionally, Fast Company explains that saying “yes” will give you more opportunities to feel a sense of accomplishment. Saying “yes” can be energizing, and it is a great way to improve the culture of your workplace.

2.       Create opportunities for connection

Many people are missing the everyday chatter of the office. While it may take more effort, finding small ways to make those connections is an excellent way to keep the positivity up. Life Hack emphasizes the importance of workplace connections to maintain community. When you are able to connect with your coworkers, you can feel more energized and positive.

3.       Smile!

Psychology Today explains that smiling lifts your mood even if no one is around to see it. If you need a boost in your day, think about something wonderful and smile to yourself. This not only makes you recognize positive things but will actually make you that much happier. Beyond that, smiles are contagious, so flash a smile on Zoom calls and help others too!

4.       Move on from mistakes

Stressing over mistakes you made is just another way to introduce unnecessary negativity into your day. Life Hack recommends viewing the mistake as a learning experience and moving on quickly. No one else will likely remember the mistake as long as you will. Being aware of how you hold onto your mistakes can help you be more positive.

5.       Take breaks and set boundaries

Now that many are working from home, the line between home and work can be very blurry. Having a designated space for work and set times can help you distinguish between work and home. Additionally, Life Hack recommends forcing yourself to take breaks during work. Forbes explains that there is a strong correlation between breaks and engagement. Taking time to recharge can set you up for a productive end to your workday.

6.       Keep learning

Learning keeps you engaged and motivated, explains Life Hack. For example, take on a new responsibility or do something new like presenting a project. Attend an RPI webinar, either live or on-demand. Pushing yourself can boost your self-esteem.


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