Positive work environment

 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.

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Operating Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. These are challenging and exciting times in healthcare and my blog will focus on healthcare, raising boys or being raised by boys, and living in mid America.
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