There are many things that affect productivity in the workplace, and when we say productivity, what we really mean is profitability. As we’ve stated in previous blog posts, more productivity almost always means more profitability.
As an employer, there are steps that you can take to deal with negativity in the workplace. However, there are two different ways to approach the situation: proactive vs. reactive.
When you’re reactive, you’re forced to deal with negativity that already exists. However, when you’re proactive, you do things in advance that help to prevent negativity from happening in the first place.
With all of this in mind, below are four tips for proactively neutralizing negativity in the workplace
#1—Hire people with a positive attitude.
You might be amazed by how many problems (and potential problems) are solved by hiring the right people. Hard skills, soft skills, and experience are all important factors to consider when hiring. However, a person’s attitude, how they handle themselves, and how they approach situations are also critical components to consider when making hiring decisions.
#2—Make communication a priority.
Communication, as they say, is a two-way street. There is the communication between the organization and its employees and vice-versa. When there is an abundance of communication (going in both directions), then you’re more likely to identify problem areas as they occur or even before they occur. And when you can recognize potential problems in advance, you can minimize the damage.
#3—Emphasize and reward workplace positivity.
If you want more positivity in the workplace, then you must reward team members who create that positivity. But you can even go a step beyond that by weaving positivity into the organization’s mission statement and/or core values. Of course, a positive work environment must be modeled from the top-down, meaning that members of management should be consistently exhibiting the behavior that they want to see from their team members.
#4—Actually listen to employee feedback.
It’s one thing to tell employees that your company listens to their feedback and their concerns. It’s another thing to actually do it. However, spending the time and putting forth the effort to do so is well worth it.
That’s because workers who feel as though their employer genuinely listens and cares about what they have to say are more engaged and ultimately more loyal to the organization. In other words, they’ll be less likely to leave in search of “greener pastures.”
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