I’ve blogged before about the importance of a positive work environment. I recently read an article that listed 10 things a leader can do to create a positive work environment and I liked what I read so I thought I’d share. I will also commit to doing my best to accomplish the 10 items on the list.
1. Build Trust
Trust is the basic tenant for all relationships, so building an environment of trust is one of the most important things you can do to create a positive work environment.
2. Communicate positively and openly.
In order to create a positive work environment each employee needs to feel valued. This is best accomplished through your listening to each person and honoring each one for what s/he has to say.
3. Expect The Best From Your Staff
There is a concept called ‘The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy’ which states that people generally will perform in the way others expect them to perform.
4. Create Team Spirit
One of our basic human needs is to feel we belong to something bigger than ourselves, and for many people that need is met by being part of a supportive work group.
5. Give Recognition and Appreciation
Whenever you can, ‘catch people being good’ and make sure they and others know about it. Give recognition and appreciation to everyone at every opportunity.
6. Give Credit and Take Responsibility
Always give credit for success to your staff, and take responsibility when things don’t go well.
7. Be Approachable
Always present an attitude of approachability to your staff and customers. Indicate by your manner that you are available and happy to speak with people from all levels and positions.
8. Provide A Positive Physical Environment
If at all possible insure that the physical environment on your workplace is clean, bright, attractive and cheerful.
9. Make Staff Evaluations a Positive Experience
One of the important duties of a boss is to give staff evaluations. This should be a positive experience for your staff members, and is a great opportunity for you to praise them for their cooperative spirit and all their efforts in doing an excellent job.
10. Make It Fun
Everyone wants to be where people are having fun, so make your workplace feel happy and festive. Find reasons to celebrate together, such as birthdays, birth of a baby or grandchild, moving into a new house, etc., and having small parties to celebrate these events.