How Positivity Affects Your Productivity

One of the qualities and traits that every employer is looking for in work is positivity. Having a positive attitude makes the view of life to be broad and full of possibilities. Maintaining a positive attitude is highly recommended because this can bring a lot of benefits not only in job performance, but also for your overall well-being.


A Positive Attitude is Beneficial for the Health

A positive attitude combined with a dose of motivation at work will reflect on what results will be generated from your efforts. Your attitude is a form of expression of yourself and work. Psychological well-being helps you cope better in stressful situations at work. If you display the right attitude, it will be easier for you to communicate and get along with others.

Having a positive attitude also benefits your health. Stress in the workplace can deteriorate your health, especially when you experience it on a daily basis. Face each workday positively, as daily stress can wear down your health and your immune system. If possible, set an example to become a role model. This will boost the working environment and help lead to the success of the company.

Experts have revealed that a healthy workplace comprises of a comfortable environment and positive-minded individuals. Positive thoughts can create real value in your life and help you build skills that last much longer than a smile. 

While having a positive attitude is essential, we cannot ignore the fact that sometimes there are employees who suppress attitudes at work. According to a recent study by researchers from the Rice University, Purdue University and the University of Toronto, this behaviour drains the employees' energy and could end up with more negative feelings regarding their job and organization. Those with professions, like journalist, doctors and law enforcement officers are obliged to retain a neutral demeanour to perform with their jobs. Studies have shown that people in a customer service position, who were asked to suppress their positive emotions are more likely to experience higher workplace stress.


What Are the Advantages of Positivity in the Workplace?

Below are some of the advantages of positivity in the workplace, aside from the resulting to greater productivity.

Positive Thinkers Age Gracefully. ‘Positive ageing’ is used to describe the action of maintaining a positive attitude, feeling good about yourself, keeping healthy and engaging fully to life as you age. Having a positive attitude will also lessen your stress level, and when these are reduced, you are preventing the effects of ageing.

Increased Motivation. Motivation is a proven tool to bring out the talent of a person. Having positive motivation is the best psychological approach. It is essential that the person is always motivated frequently, whether through rewards or a pat on the back as this will boost their self-esteem and do better in what they do.

Improved Interpersonal Relationship. Having a positive attitude should not be limited in the workplace, but also in our personal lives. In the workplace, by simply having a positive attitude it could enable employees and customers to build a better relationship.

More Success at Work. We are all in charge of happiness within ourselves. If you feel like you are at stale, try to think of the things that make you happy about your job. Remember the things that bring you the most joy and made a conscious effort to feel that way again. It is essential to appreciate what you have, think about positive things in your day, either small rewards or surprises. Focus on the positives rather than the negatives that make you unhappy.


Ways to Increase Positivity to Improve Productivity

To promote positivity in the workplace, the following are some things to remember:

Start Your Morning Right. There's always a saying that if a person is moody and does not feel right in the morning, they woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Having this kind of mood affects both your productivity and how you perceive work for the entire day. That’s why it’s crucial to start your day right. Strive to have a good morning.There are proven ways on how this can be prevented; meditate, get outside of the house, a quick exercise (to energize yourself) and think of the things that make you happy. Easier said and done; we must find ways on how to make this as a habit.

Happiness. It is one of the significant recipes to increase positivity. There's no better way to enter a new day than to smile. Laughter is the best medicine so if we find ourselves waking up in a bad mood, let's try to induce positivity as this will have an impact on our daily activities, most especially at work. It can immediately reset your mood into a more positive one. 

Be Optimistic. To be successful and productive, we must find ways on how we can force ourselves to look on the bright side. If we stay focused on the bright side, we can easily find solutions to our problems and challenges. Trying to focus on the things that we are doing well is like rewarding ourselves because we have felt a higher level of accomplishment. Optimism could be a choice; you need to find a balance to feel happy.

As the famous Henry Ford said, "Whether you think you can or you think you can''re right." Your attitude determines your confidence and ultimately whether you can succeed. A positive attitude can lift you even in hard times. Boost your energy level by looking on the bright side of any situation. 

Take Time to Listen. To be productive, we must learn how to be open-minded. If we try to listen, we open our ability to welcome knowledge within ourselves. Listening also increases our sense of well-being as it emits a feeling that our presence can serve as a positive purpose.

Surround Yourself With Positive People. Staying positive is difficult especially if you are dealing with people who don't always see the bright side of things every day. One proven study found that listening to negative words activates insula, an area of the brain associated with emotional experiences which include pain and danger. That is why it is important to stay positive because positivity is also contagious and that can benefit the people that surround you. If it can make someone feel better, then there would be more favourable energy around the workplace.

Builds Teamwork. Having a positive attitude is contagious, it brings the team or people together. Nothing brings a team together and builds relationships like positive energy. It also makes others want to help you. Everyone wants to come to the aid of the person who is smiling and keeping their head high despite the challenges that they are presented with while working. 

Exercise. Regular exercise has been proven to provide more benefits aside from keeping you fit. Exercise can improve all aspects including productivity. Being productive can help you become more alert and get your job done faster. Other ways to improve productivity is through standing alone, sit to stand desks are now available in the market and widely used by many because of its health benefits.