#Positivity at Work

The entire January/February 2012 HBR issue was dedicated to “The Value of Happiness – How Employee Well-being Drives Profits.”   Why? Because a whopping 69% of employees believe their employers don’t inspire the best in them…and only 5% of workers strongly agree that their organizations help them build richer personal relationships.

Because workers spend more time weekly with work peers than with family and friends, creating positive workplaces makes sense!  Positive workplaces enable life-long service, joy, and success.  What can be done to shift from dire to inspired?

Here’s the good news: Blanchard Colleagues Chris Edmonds and Lisa Zigarmi just published a “tweet book” filled with 140 ideas to help create a positive organization.  Built for speed, each page in the book has two or three nuggets of wisdom for the reader to consider. Lisa and Chris encourage us all to consider one tweet a day so as to enable positivity and to encourage the development of a new perspective. As they state in the book: Healthy work places happen by design, not by default!

Taking their advice, I opened the book and found tweet 35:
Start your meetings off right by getting people into a thanksgiving mindset. Have team members share one thing they’re grateful for today.
The shift that occurs is palpable!
•   It makes people SLOW DOWN and that in itself is a gift in a busy day.
•   Also, teammates need to really listen to hear what will be said—instead of “presuming” what a colleague will report.
•   Finally, an attitude of gratitude fosters goodwill, cooperation, and greater productivity.

Give it a try! For more information, please visit their website at: http://www.positivity-works.com/

One thought on “#Positivity at Work

  1. Mary Ellen,
    My team does this regularly in our weekly meetings. We almost always start off with a praising, something we are thankful for, or some other positive viewpoint. Sometimes it is something silly like “what is your favorite flower” – but even this helps us to get to know each other at a deeper level, which in turn fosters those rich relationships. Thanks for the tip on the book. It is on my “to read” list!

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