Watching the news, I am inundated with a series of negative events after another. Just recently, China’s stock market crash is being felt throughout the world.
This challenge of maintaining the glass half-full attitude can even come from the simple transition of summer to the inevitable winter. It can come from adjusting from the slower more relaxed summer hours to the busier regular hours.
As a business owner and manager, the challenge is trying to keep our employees happy and positive as this has a huge impact on their ability to be productive. This can be particularly true if the job requires front line interaction with your customers.
In light of recent troubling news events, I’ve drawn up a list of 5 simple actions you can implement to encourage a positive workforce.
- Recharge the batteries
Low energy can be a barrier to maintaining a positive outlook. If you sense fatigue among your workforce, you may need to reenergize them. For example, giving staff the option to work from home one day a month, or the ability to leave early on Fridays of a long weekend, can be just what is needed to provide balance to your employees.
- Create a company team/club/activity
Company softball teams are a great way to boost health and morale within the organization. Softball teams are the most popular but it can just as easily be a hockey team, a bowling team, a book reading club, or any activity that involves group cooperation. The purpose of these activities is to create fun and also encourage employees to support each other by thinking positively (cheering). You may even want to consider running a team activity where you give back to the community like Habitat for Humanity.
- Praise and acknowledge
There is a level of uncertainty brought about by difficult economic times. For some employees it may cause uneasiness about job security, prospects, and career progression. Therefore, it is even more important that you assure your employees through recognition of their work. This can be done from a small scale through cards or treats to remind your staff that you appreciate their work, or even on a a bigger scale by implementing an employee recognition program (e.g. Employee of the Month).
- Hire a professional
Depending on your workplace environment and the situation you may want to consider reaching out to a professional to mediate. Look to your EAP services for motivational speakers, seminars, counselling programs, personal coaching, or even a nutritionist. Your employees will appreciate all the resources you can bring to them, particularly if they are feeling stressed.
- Last thing: It starts with you.
As a leader within your organization, employees look at you to set the tone. As a decision-maker you have the ability to influence the direction and culture of the organization. Therefore, as Gandhi famously said, “you need to be the change that you wish to see!”
What is your mindset? Is the glass half empty or half-full?