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February 3, 2019

Does Positivity at Work Really Make a Difference?

It does, according to Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work (Crown Business, 2010). Based on his research and the happiness course he helped design at Harvard University, your positive attitude as a manager is a critical factor in how positive, productive, and happy your team is. One easy way of demonstrating a positive attitude is to notice the little things people do and show gratitude for them.

Managers who have the attitude of “Why praise people who are doing what they are paid to do” often have teams that do the bare minimum required. Some employees, however, will not have an opportunity to go above and beyond their normal job duties and achieve something amazing, so they are often overlooked and overshadowed by the team stars. When managers notice small accomplishments that typically go unrecognized, they can create a motivating workplace where all team members are stars in their own way.

By focusing on small wins, like finishing a report with no errors, and giving the employee a quick “thank you for a good job well done,” you motivate them to continue to deliver quality results and bepositively productive. By spreading recognition and praise, your employees will be happier at work and will be more productive. Your entire team will benefit.


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