As a leader in business, you understand that someone who is happy and feels valued will work harder. The challenge is achieving that state of positivity. What’s the best way to do that, you ask? You gave them more money already. They have the title that befits them. What more do they need? It’s a little more complicated than that, but the solution is simple really.
Positivity breeds positivity. Positivity must be engrained into the core of your organization. Not sure how to do that? Read on. Here are three simple steps to increase positivity in your workplace:
1. Lead by example. When I said “Positivity breeds positivity,” I meant it. This doesn’t mean skirting by the facts. Be open and honest with your staff, even behind closed doors. Depending on the hierarchy or your organization, one manager could feel threatened or defeated by your way of speaking behind closed doors. If that manager feels uninspired, how do you think the team members in the weeds will feel? It is important to find the positive of the situation. If sales are lower than projected, do you think the team would perform better if you harped on them for missing projections or if you inspired them to develop a solution?
2. Find brand advocates. Internal brand advocates can bring massive benefits to an organization. Sometimes brand advocates are outside your company – if that’s the case, hire them. These are the people that love your product or service and truly believe in the solution. In pharmaceuticals this is what gets a number of physicians through the years and years of tough research. Spirit, the Huffington Post stated, is “A belief in something greater than ourselves [that] sustains us when we are in pain, scared or in dire need.” This internal spirit will spread if you cultivate it.
3. Value your employees. In a Forbes article from last year, writer Karsten Strauss reported money and perks matter but they don’t solve happiness. Happiness is achieved through making sure your employees know their work is valued. Saying you value an employee and showing you value an employee are two different things. From my experience, showing makes all the difference.
Take these three simple steps and brainstorm with your internal management team. Even if you think you’re doing it right, you may be only half way there. Dr. Noelle Nelson, author of “Make More Money by Making Your Employees Happy, recommended to “…put the compassion first and the profits will follow.” More happiness at work and a better bottom line – I challenge you to find me someone who would argue with that.