Do you value people that are different to you?
Diversity of thought, ideas and approaches are what make up a well rounded team. When you understand this and encourage it you will be amazed at what your team can accomplish.
It may be challenging at times however differing views and opinions can make up a wonderful tapestry of ideas. This philosophy should be highly encouraged and talked about all the time. However I do believe that there is one thing that should not be too different within a team and that is a positive outlook. This sounds easy but it’s really not. If you can’t get a full team that has a positive outlook then make sure the majority rules applys to this very important attribute.
It sounds a really simple task but how do you measure positive outlook? And how do you uncover it when interviewing? How do you reward it? and value it? Its not something that is usually on performance appraisals or job descriptions…and what are the benefits to valuing this commen thread in the workplace?
There are many advantages of a positive attitude at work, and some of the advantages and benefits are:
- Creates a positive environment
- Helps to Achieve Goals and Career success
- Stress reduction and management
- Better health
- Less sick days
- Increases productivity levels
- Produces more energy
- Improves customer relations
- Makes for better leadership skills
- Improves teamwork
- Improves decision-making
- Overcomes Challenges
- Improves motivation for yourself and others
- Improves Interpersonal Relations
- Improves the attitude of other employees
- Increases self-esteem and confidence in yourself and others
- Reduces the number of obstacles and difficulties you will encounter
So when your having a hard day and feel like your hitting a brick wall take a deep breath and remember the things that you are greatful for and the benefits of being positive.
I highly suggest that organisations find ways to incorporate this very important attribute and measure it during performance reviews. I would also recomend it be added to any kind of survey or 360 feedback that employees provide on culture, leadership and managment.
Wouldn’t it be interesting to see what the work environment could become and impact on the community if more value was placed on a positive attitude.
Written by April Sabral, VP Retail Sales & Operations and Founder of retailU.ca