A career in healthcare can be demanding enough, without added stressors of a negative work environment. Not only can working in a negative setting be unpleasant, it can be very detrimental to your health and those around you. If you find yourself in a negative work situation, why not make the choice to be the positive light that inspires others? You’d be surprised at how the energy you exuberate can impact your work experience and your teammates.
You don’t have to have an outgoing personality to demonstrate positivity where you work. Consider these action steps and how they can help you change the face of a negative work environment.
Emphasize the Positive
Believe it or not, people often find it easier to think and act negatively rather than positively. When you make the decision to emphasize the positive throughout your day, you will influence how others feel. For example, having a smile on your face when you greet your teammates is sometimes all it takes to get someone else’s day started on the right foot. Exhibiting positive behavior will hopefully inspire others to do the same because they’ll remember how great you made them feel.
Open Lines of Communication
Establishing open lines of communication with your team is critical in reducing negativity at work. With passive aggressiveness being one of the most toxic elements of a negative workplace, openly communicating with others about issues, problems or concerns will ease tensions and make others more comfortable in freely expressing themselves. And if someone is being negative, it is best to gently pull them aside and let them know the impact of their negative behavior. Chances are they don’t even realize the harmful effect of their actions.
Exhibit Emotional Intelligence
It may be a relatively new phrase, but emotional intelligence is the capacity to understand the role of emotions in managing interpersonal relationships. Knowing the impact of emotions in communicating with others is essential in creating a better atmosphere for others around you. By approaching people and situations with emotional intelligence, you can help create a positive culture of motivation and empathy.
Empower Others Around You
Empowering others is perhaps one of the most effective things you can do to create a culture of positivity at work. When you compliment others’ accomplishments and encourage them to keep striving for success, you are instilling feelings of positivity among your teammates. Plus, empowering others not only makes others feel good, but makes you a better leader at work!
If you work in a medical facility that is known for being a negative work environment, remember that you have the power to make a positive difference with your actions.
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