Why have a positive attitude at the workplace?

As working professionals, we come across many people in our workplaces, however not all leave a positive impact on our minds.

We tend to be attracted to or inclined to talk to those who have a pleasing personality and exhibit positivity.

Being such a person if you are not inherently buoyant then transforming into one requires time and effort. But it is sure to bring better results and open doors to new opportunities.

Here are a few ways in which you can cultivate a positive attitude at the workplace – 

  • Control your anger – If you tend to get agitated or angry easily, then focusing on controlling your anger forms the base of developing a positive mindset. To control your anger, practice simple breathing exercises that will shift your focus from angry unpleasant emotions and help you calm down. Understanding the reason behind your anger helps you look at it objectively and clears any misconceptions or misunderstandings behind it. 
  • Accepting failure – Understanding that failure is an opportunity to learn in disguise will give you a different perspective of looking at failure. Accept your mistake or failure and promise yourself to work on it for your betterment in the future.
  • Read, listen, and get inspired – Listening to the success stories of people helps your look at your situations or issues from a different perspective. Listening to or reading inspiring stories ignites a flame of positive thoughts and motivates you to learn from their mistakes, failures, or situations.
  • Mind your language – Thinking before you speak goes a long way in spreading positivity. We often say things we do not intend and regret later, however controlling our thoughts, thinking before speaking, and acting brings consciousness to speech and thought.
  • Maintain a journal – Write down positive thoughts, positive affirmations, or quotes every day and maintain a journal or diary.
  • Avoid negative feedback – Criticism should be constructive. Avoid giving negative or unhelpful feedback or criticising others. Instead giving positive and structured feedback backed by motivation will help others improve as well to bring in workplace positivity.
  • Grapevine communication – Avoid falling into any gossip or office drama. Avoid talking about anyone behind their backs unless you have anything positive to share.
  • Be empathetic – An empathetic leader is always looked up to. Being aware of the feelings of your team members or colleagues, responding to different situations accordingly, and building stronger and more valuable relationships at work are the signs of an empathetic leader.
  • Celebrate achievements – Celebrating achievements irrespective of their magnitude or enormity sends a vibe of positivity in your team, motivates the employees to perform better, and boosts productivity. 
  • Be polite – Smile often and be polite in your interactions and mannerisms, fostering healthy relations with your colleagues or employees.  Showing that you are accessible to your employees builds trust and loyalty toward you, thus creating a healthy working atmosphere.

A positive workplace attitude not only makes the work culture conducive to growth but also motivates and encourages employees, and builds loyalty and trust.

Adopting this mindset is essential for one to be a good leader.

MIT School of Distance Education is an institute engaged in the holistic development of working professionals. Hence along with academics, a focus on mental health and mental conditioning is necessary. 

MITSDE Harbour is an initiative focused on helping students make positive changes in themselves to achieve their goals. It is an initiative for students beyond the usual periphery of the course.

The program helps to deal with stressful situations, provides guidance on techniques like time management, effective study, self-awareness, and coping strategies, and motivates you to always do your best despite any challenges you may face along the way.