Unfortunately, in today’s society the majority of people hate their jobs. In fact, 80 to 90% of Americans hate their jobs. To me, that’s a pretty shocking statistic.
I’m a firm believer that we all have a purpose in life and we are all called to do work that we love. Working a job you hate can have some SERIOUS negative side effects on your life and your health. Studies have shown that hating your job can…
- Make you gain weight
- Keep you awake at night
- Have chronic stress and anxiety, which leads to being sick
- Cause relationship problems, leading to divorce
With so many people not loving the work they do, it’s easy for them to become miserable and bitter, which leads them to be in a constant state of negativity. This has detrimental effects on the workplace environment and company culture.
With so many people hating the work they do, it’s important for you to be a positive influence on others…especially where you work.
Here are 6 ways to be a positive influence on others in the workplace…
1. Be Grateful
Happiness is contagious. One of the best ways to be happy is to be thankful for all the things you have. There are so many things to be thankful for, but too often we focus on what we don’t have, or the things that aren’t going the way we planned so we forget to be thankful.
Every day, take the time to stop, and just be grateful for everything your life. Once you start focusing on being grateful, your positive attitude will rub off on other people.
2. Give Credit To Others When Credit Is Due
People like to be appreciated. They want to know the work they are doing is being noticed and that they are doing a good job. If you’re in a position of leadership it’s important to give credit to your workers when they deserve it and show them they are appreciated. However, you don’t need to be in a position of authority to compliment someone else’s work.
I’ve noticed coworkers are often slow to complement one another and to tell each other good job. Just because you are someone else’s coworker doesn’t mean you can’t tell them ‘good job’.
If someone does something great, tell them. It will make them feel good, build trust, and improve the company morale.
3. Say Please and Thank You
Too often we forget to use our manners, especially at work. Sometimes it’s easier to ask for things without saying please and thank you, but over time this turns into you barking orders…that’s a big NO.
Take the time to say please and thank you to those you work with. Having good manners shows others you respect them, and care for them. In return, they will go out of their way to help you when you need it most.
Even if you’re in a bad mood, simply forcing a fake smile can make you happier. When you smile a message is sent to your brain that tells your brain you are happy, even if you aren’t. When you’re happy your brain releases endorphins and automatically boosts your mood.
As humans, we have a tendency to try to mimic the behavior and expressions of those around us. It’s a way for us to try to relate with others, bond with one another and make each other feel accepted.
Dr. Sophie Scott of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience says, “We’ve known for some time now that when we are talking to someone, we often mirror their behaviour, copying the words they use and mimicking their gestures.”
It’s proven that smiling and laughing are contagious and by doing so you can make those around you happier too.
5. Don’t Gossip
Gossip is common in most workplaces, but it’s also the most demoralizing thing you can do while at work. Participating in workplace gossip has detrimental effects on your work environment. It spreads negativity throughout the company like cancer, so don’t participate.
Instead, don’t get involved with gossip. Talking about others behind their backs is never a good idea. Smile at those who gossip and keep your distance from them.
6. Be Honest
Honesty is always the best policy. The truth always comes out eventually, so you might as well be honest ALL THE TIME. Sometimes the truth hurts, but the facts are the facts no matter how you twist them. Be willing to be honest in tough situations and people will come to trust and respect you for doing so. People will know they can rely on you and your opinions because you always tell the truth.
Be willing to be honest in tough situations and people will come to trust and respect you for doing so. People will know they can rely on you and your opinions because you always tell the truth.
Are you a positive influence to others? What are some ways you could be more effective at improving your work environment?