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Nix the Negativity: How to Create a Positive Workplace

Nix the Negativity: How to Create a Positive Workplace
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The power of positivity is something we hear and speak of quite frequently. But how often do we practice what we preach?

Because negativity can spread like the flu throughout an office, you should focus on ways to restore energy and passion in your workers. Learning to see the sunny side of a situation can save employees from anxiety and burnout.

Don't allow a few letdowns to hurt your company's overall culture and performance. Chris Haroun, founder and CEO of Haroun Education Ventures and a Udemy instructor, outlined three tips for achieving a positive workplace.

When hiring new talent, you should focus on more than just an applicant's skills, experience and qualifications. Personality is a major factor to consider, and a worker's character should complement the company's values.

"One bad apple can spoil an entire firm's culture and productivity," said Haroun.

He noted that it's important to hire people who will strengthen your company's productivity and culture. You'll want a team player who is willing to tackle any problem that might surface – and can do it with confidence. Rather than backing down in the face of adversity, your employees should push forward and find ways to make it through any situation. Note these attributes from the start to avoid recruiting toxic employees.

Your company culture is crucial to retaining motivated, positive talent. To boost productivity, commend your workers for their performance and acknowledge their success among their colleagues.

Employees will want to impress their company, and healthy competition is often necessary in the workplace. This will increase their confidence and encourage workers to support one another while working hard on their own tasks.

However, if there is an issue with an employee's work, take them aside individually to discuss it.

"There is nothing more demeaning and destructive to a corporate culture and productivity than being criticized in front of your peers," said Haroun.

Don't gossip about a mistake a worker made or condemn them in front of their peers, he added. All that will do is embarrass or anger them, which will hurt their performance even more. You are their leader; focus on building them up rather than tearing them down.

There is good in every situation – don't forget to look for it. Even in the most seemingly impossible scenarios, you can still turn bad days better by focusing on the bright side of the situation.

For instance, if someone quits or is fired, tell yourself that a more suitable worker can be hired to provide the company with unique insight that was lacking.

"Perception often becomes reality when it comes to workplace challenges," said Haroun. "Rather than seeing a negative situation as a weakness, see it as an opportunity to turn the weakness into a strength."

Should you find yourself feeling anxious or pessimistic, look for one positive outcome of the situation at hand, Haroun added. Give yourself an opportunity to see the light by remembering to look up.

"If you disagree, then think about how many incredibly successful entrepreneurs have a negative attitude," he said. "I can't think of any."

Sammi Caramela

Sammi Caramela has always loved words. When she isn't working as a Business.com and Business News Daily staff writer, she's writing (and furiously editing) her first novel, reading a YA book with a third cup of coffee, or attending local pop-punk concerts. Sammi loves hearing from readers - so don't hesitate to reach out! Check out her short stories in Night Light: Haunted Tales of Terror, which is sold on Amazon.