With a constant stream of COVID-19 news and increased feelings of isolation, it can be extremely difficult to remain positive and even more difficult to remain positive at work. Feelings of negativity can harm workplace culture, and we are more susceptible to it than ever. RPI is committed to helping your organization’s culture grow and thrive in this trying time. We already discussed methods for staying positive in the workplace, but what can positivity actually do?
According to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, positive thinking can greatly affect your productivity. As they put it, “many people think that success leads to happiness, but actually it’s the other way around.” Having a positive attitude can increase your engagement 10 times and make you 31% more productive. This is the thinking behind companies like Google and Netflix, that attempt to make work fun with games, slides, bring-your-dog-to-work day and unlimited free food. When the environment fosters positivity, employees are more productive.
Dr. Paul Hammerness and Margaret Moore, co-authors of Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life explained that positive thinking can improve your brain function, meaning it is quicker to act and is much more able to problem-solve. Further, the Huffington Post explained that creativity can further impact your happiness, turning positivity and creativity into a feedback loop. Positivity and creativity are very closely linked, so looking on the brighter side can lead to innovation and problem solving.
Improve the moods of those around you
According to Entrepreneur, the phrase “Monday Blues” should be obsolete in a positive work environment. Positivity has the ability to multiply and “infect” those around you. An article in Psychology Today argues that this works with all emotions. Humans unconsciously pick up on the emotions of those around them, so being aware of what you are putting out into the space around you can have a profound effect on others. It may be difficult, but even acting positive even when you might not be is enough to lift up those around you.
According to an article published in the American Psychological Association, positive thinking has the profound ability to foster trust of others. On the other hand, anger has the power to significantly decrease trust. If you are the team member who is constantly positive and forward-thinking rather than negative and pessimistic, you are far more likely to be trusted by those who work with you. Additionally, according to Entrepreneur, positive thinkers tend to be more collaborative. Since they are able to see the best in their teammates, they are much more likely to want to work together.
It is not as easy to remain positive in times like these. Now more than ever, we need to put thought into what emotions we are displaying to the people around us.
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