How to Maintain a Positive Attitude at Work

How to Have a Positive Attitude at Work

Going back to work after a break can be a shock to the system – but trying to adopt a positive outlook will help you get back into the swing of things!

The average person will spend a third of their life at work and while not every day will be great – having a positive attitude can transform your day and can help you through work-based challenges.

According to a recent study, people who have a positive attitude to work are 94% more productive and are more likely to achieve goals than those who don’t!

Other benefits of adopting a positive attitude at work include:

  • Reduce Stress Levels: You are able to manage stress inducers with a better outlook.
  • Better Teamwork: We naturally radiate toward positive people and are more likely to trust and help them.
  • Improved focus and decision-making: Optimistic minds are better at making decisions quickly and focusing the task at hand.

Now we have given you the benefits, now let’s take a look at how you can achieve a positive mindset at work:

  • Focus on the good

Influence from friends, family, and connections on social media can have you thinking you have a rough deal but it’s important to remember that the grass isn’t always greener, and that people don’t always share the downsides to their jobs.  

Steering yourself toward the positives will help make your job more enjoyable. Remember the things that you enjoy about your work or appreciate from your employer. Maybe that’s making a difference in people’s lives, friendships at work or simply having the flexibility to work from home.

  • Get organised

It’s not rocket science that if you head to the office and have no idea where to start, it will lead you to feel helpless and demotivated. Try to make a list at the end of each day of tasks to complete in order of priority – getting your workload in order will lead to greater job satisfaction and more confidence equalling a happier and more motivated you.

  • Stay away from gossip and office politics

Gossip is negative – full stop (remember point 1 above!). How can you enjoy your work if you spend your time listening to other people’s woes, complaining about your job, or talking about co-workers?

If there is something going on that doesn’t concern or affect you – tune it out! Every minute spent engaging in negative conversations is a minute you could have used doing something more productive with your time.

If there is something going on in the office that you are worried about, for example; you are concerned about changes in the company, speak to your manager, they will give you a better insight than a co-worker and be able to put your mind at ease.

  • Try to keep personal problems away from work

Everyone has their own stresses and worries outside of the workplace. If you are having a personal issue, it’s inevitable that you will find it difficult to concentrate and be happy at work.

Just as you need to switch off from work and enjoy your time after hours, it’s also important to try and leave personal worries at home so you can be productive at work.

If you are facing a personal problem that isn’t allowing you to do your job or is affecting your mood, you may want to book a day or two vacation so that you can try and resolve whatever the issue is.

  • Keep the right company

Make a concerted effort to engage with co-workers who are a positive influence whether that’s people whom you can learn from or simply someone with an upbeat personality or attitude towards work – it’s better to surround yourself with people like this than negative ones that will drag your mood down. Surrounding yourself with optimistic people will help you maintain your positive outlook!

  • Encourage a supportive and happy environment

When a team member has a win, congratulate them. It’s nice to be nice and complimenting someone on a job well done spreads positivity. At the same time, when a co-worker is faced with a challenge, approach them with a “glass half full” mentality and help rather than add to their problems with negative comments.

We hope this guide helps you achieve your goals at work this year!

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