|Franklin D. Roosevelt once remarked that “happiness is not in the mere possession of money.” Instead, “it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of the creative effort.” Create an environment with resources and opportunities for your team to achieve, create and continue learning, and you too can experience the kind of happiness and success FDR was inspired to write about.You or your employees may be thinking work is work. But maybe that’s why a staggering 75 percent of people are unsatisfied at work. For them, for others, and for your business in general, positivity goes a long way!The importance of positivity|
Marcial Losada is the founder and executive director of Meta Learning, a consulting organization that works to develop high performance teams. Some of his recent research demonstrates that business teams perform better when they are positive. In fact, Losada found that the highest performing teams had high positive ratios of 6:1, meaning there was only one negative statement per six positive statements. The good news is that positive tendencies are also learned behaviors.
Quality work and humming productivity are two important components of any job, but they are also two things that are heavily influenced by attitude. Show your team that there is more to the office than meetings and meeting monthly targets: Set the bar and manifest positivity for everyone to see. Like laughter, it’s infectious!
Smile, laugh and be proud
Create a positive work environment.
Foster a team spirit.
Show your appreciation.
Make it fun.
Chances are good that if you create a positive environment, provide the proper resources and take advantage of those things by setting an example yourself, your employees will do the same. At the end of the day, the success of a business is a direct reflection of the leadership, so if you manifest positivity, your employees will soon follow!
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