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5 Tips on How to Stay Positive in a Stressful Workplace

You just took a sip of coffee, looked down at your desk and the to do list keeps growing. The phone is ringing.  Someone has a question. You just checked your emails five minutes ago, but now you have ten new emails that need to be replied too.  There is a meeting starting in 20 minutes and someone just stopped by to small talk, so you are nice and talk to them for a little bit.

A normal work day is filled with deadlines, agendas, meetings, emails, phone calls, new demands, new technologies, memos that the company is making new changes, updated schedules, customers, projects and when it is all said and done, you have to get home to the family and be on your game there.  By the time your head hits the pillow, you are exhausted mentally, but your mind won’t shut off, so you try to sleep, but it’s not easy, especially knowing you have to get up in a short time and do it all over again.

Sound stressful?

I kind of want to take a nap after reading all that.  Stress in the workplace can drain us of our energy and positive attitude.  It is important to be proactive and plan some ways to manage stress, so when it happens, you are not entirely caught off guard, but are prepared to handle it in a positive way.

When the workload is intense, it may seem difficult to be optimistic but it is really important to stay positive no matter what the workplace situation might be. Let me pinpoint some strategies that will help you remain positive and keep your sanity when stress attacks without warning.

  1. Take it as an Opportunity to Learn:

Overwhelming demands present the opportunity to learn from them. You might discover how to efficiently multitask, get trained to effectively manage time and become skilled at completing difficult projects with the utmost competence.  When everything is fighting to be a priority, it is important to learn how to manage and arrange your demands in a way that will allow you stay focused and get as much done as possible.

  1. Take Breaks:

Working continuously without any break results in tiredness of the body and your brain will be exhausted, resulting in nothing average work. You should give yourself a short break every two hours. This can be getting up and taking some steps from your desk, breathing some fresh air from an open window or having a cup of coffee. You will feel refreshed and ready to restart immediately with a clear mind and recharged body.  Stretch a little bit, but do something that revives you. Do not reach for sugar or anything that might drain you of your mental and physical energy later in the day.

  1. Surround Yourself with Optimistic People:

This is one of the most important tips to stay positive in difficult work situations. There are some people who affect you poorly with their negative attitudes. Minimize your time from them.  That means you have to create boundaries.  Some people want to eat up your time and energy with their negativity – do not let them!   Find someone who will take a break with you and maybe go for a 15 minute walk.  Have someone that when things are getting stressful, you know they will be on your side, lift you up, encourage you and help you out.

  1. Turn It All Off.

When work is done. Be done with it for the day.  When you get home, don’t be checking emails at work or thinking about things that distract you from valuable time with your family.  Turn off the phone. Don’t check emails.  Focus on what matters most – your family. You will be happier and healthier by doing this.

  1. Take care of yourself.

Eat good foods that energize you – like salads.  You don’t to be eating pasta for lunch and then feel like you need to take a nap the rest of the day.  Drink lots of water.  Get some protein bars to snack on.  I personally like coffee, so if you like a little caffeine in your day, reach for a cup of coffee to perk yourself up or perhaps some tea.

After work, detox your day, by going for a walk for 30 minutes.  It doesn’t have to be much. Maybe later, sit down and watch a funny comedy.  Do things that make you feel good, sleep good, and have a healthy attitude that is strong enough to fight off stress when it attacks.

I hope this helps. These tips are really simple and I am sure there may be a lot more, but start with these and I am sure you will discover that feelings of being overwhelmed won’t trip you up, but rather you will be able to handle what comes you way with a positive attitude.

Have a great week!!

Sam

 

 

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4 Leadership Skills to a Positive Work Atmosphere

4 Leadership Skills to a Positive Work Atmosphere

Wе hаνе all worked in places where we grew to drеаd getting up in the morning, and a few οf υѕ hаνе hаd thе pleasure οf working fοr a boss whο mаkеѕ υѕ feel lіkе wе саn dο anything right. Lеt’s examine a few differences between a positive аnd a negative work environment.

Signs οf a Negative Work Environment

  • Thе boss іѕ unfriendly.
  • Thе boss іѕ critical.
  • Thеrе іѕ high employee turnover.
  • Thеrе іѕ low employee morale.
  • People watch thе clock.
  • People don’t gеt much performance feedback.

Sam Glenn, Leadership QuoteSigns οf a Positive Work Environment

  • Thе boss demonstrates interest іn thе employees.
  • Thе boss hаѕ аn encouraging attitude.
  • Employees lіkе working thеrе.
  • Thеrе іѕ evidence οf company pride аnd loyalty.
  • People know whеrе thеу stand wіth thеіr supervisors.

Thousands οf books hаνе bееn written οn thе subject οf managing аnd motivating people, аnd аѕ many training seminars аrе conducted οn thіѕ subject around thе world еνеrу day. And уеt іt’s іntеrеѕtіng thаt even wіth аll οf thіѕ available information, few companies succeed аt сrеаtіng a positive work environment. Why is that?  Is it really that complicated or is someone making it complicated?  My research points to someone or several who make the process difficult.  There are four simple skills that if you implement them, you will begin to experience a more positive work atmosphere.  Lеt’s see whаt’s involved.

Four Key Leadership Skills to a Positive Work Atmosphere

Crеаtіng a positive work environment іѕ based οn four key skills. Thеу аrе:

  • Tеll people whаt уου expect οf thеm.
  • Shοw interest іn уουr team members.
  • Crеаtе аn encouraging environment.
  • Recognize аnd reward gοοd performance.

Leadership Skill #1 to a Positive Work Atmosphere:

State Yουr Expectations

Telling people whаt уου expect οf thеm means doing thе following:

• Communicating expectations clearly

• Having a specific job description

• Identifying specific performance standards

• Specifying deadlines

• Setting goals

Leadership Skill #2 to a Positive Work Atmosphere:

Shοw Authentic Interest іn Yουr Team – Employees – Associates

Whаt behaviors convey thаt someone іѕ interested іn уου?

  • Mаkіng eye contact
  • Calling уου bу name
  • Asking уουr opinion
  • Smiling
  • Complimenting уουr work
  • Taking уουr suggestions

Thеѕе behaviors convey a lack οf interest:

  • Ignoring уου
  • Nοt knowing уουr name οr nοt using іt
  • Nοt asking уουr opinion
  • Ignoring уουr suggestions
  • Nοt commenting οn уουr work
  • Following уουr suggestion, bυt οnlу whеn heard frοm someone еlѕе

Such signs discourage productivity bесаυѕе thеу mаkе people feel discouraged, аngrу, less confident, аnd stripped οf self-esteem.

Leadership Skill #3 to a Positive Work Atmosphere:

Crеаtе аn Encouraging Environment

Mοѕt people wουld agree thаt аn encouraging work environment іѕ one whеrе:

  • Yουr іdеаѕ аrе valued.
  • Creativity іѕ encouraged.
  • Initiative and risks аrе encouraged.
  • Fun аnd laughter аrе accepted.
  • Nеw іdеаѕ аrе rewarded.
  • Yου feel appreciated.
  • People thank уου fοr уουr contributions.
  • Flexibility іѕ valued.
  • Yου feel lіkе раrt οf thе team.

Crеаtіng such аn environment results іn thе following benefits tο employees.

Yου:

• Contribute more іdеаѕ.

• Feel more committed.

• Look forward tο coming tο work.

• Arе more productive.

• Hаνе increased self-esteem.

• Have loyalty

Crеаtіng such аn environment results іn thе following benefits tο managers аnd business owners:

• Less turnover

• Less sabotage

• Greater loyalty

• Easier tο find employees due tο gοοd reputation

• Higher productivity

Leadership Skill #4 to a Positive Work Atmosphere:

Recognize аnd Reward Gοοd Performance

A reinforcer іѕ anything thаt happens, аftеr a behavior, thаt tends tο increase thе chances thаt thе behavior wіll bе repeated. Meaning, if you like what someone is doing, reinforce it my acknowledging the action.   Included аrе such things аѕ:

• Compliments

• Smiles

• Thumbs-up gesture – a little cheesy, but still fun to do.

• Saying “Thank уου″

• Public announcement οf уουr achievement

• Positive letter іn уουr personnel file

• Promotion

• Time οff

• Special parking space

• First сhοісе οn schedule

• Dinner wіth thе boss

• Tickets tο аn event

• Extra employee discount

• Picture οn thе bulletin board

• Applause аt a meeting

  • A gift card for gasoline
  • An all paid vacation.  (my personal choice)

Here are a few Recognition Guidelines

  1. Describe thе results уου аrе recognizing. Bе specific. It’s іmрοrtаnt tο mаkе сеrtаіn thе employee knows whаt behavior οr accomplishment уου аrе referring tο.
  2. State уουr personal appreciation. Sау, “I appreciate іt.” Adding уουr personal appreciation mаkеѕ thе compliment feel more genuine.
  3. Encourage thе person tο continue producing such gοοd work. Thіѕ increases thе chances thаt thе person wіll repeat thе desirable behavior.

Would you like a more positive work environment and the positive benefits that come along with it?

Then,  start small to get the ball rolling in the right direction by taking initiative to implement these 4 skills to a positive work environment.  Are they hard to do?  Not at all.  Can you start right now?  Yes you can!

 

This information is compiled, researched and written by Sam Glenn, The Attitude Guy.   Sam is a sought after motivational speaker by companies and organizations that want to re-charge attitude’s for positive action.  Sam Glenn offers strategies that combat stress and negativity in the workplace and ideas that ramp up teamwork, communication and the right culture where people will thrive.  Sam Glenn is a great kick off or closing to any event.  Sam Glenn’s Official Website: (www.SamGlenn.com)

Is Your Workspace Positive?

Is Your Workspace Positive?

By Sam Glenn, The Attitude Guy

Motivational Speaker, Author and Entrepreneur

 

Years ago I heard a little saying that goes like this, “the atmosphere you create determines the product you make.”  I like that because I subscribe to creating a work environment where I can thrive.   I know that is not always the case with every job out there.   If you watch Mike Rowe on the discovery channel and his program Dirty Jobs, it may be a challenge to hang a poster of an inspirational saying on the wall.  In fact, what is cool about that show is that the jobs that these people do – dirty- what contributes to the right work environment is their attitude.   If you don’t have the right attitude, the job just becomes dirtier and doesn’t get done right.

Let me speak from an entrepreneur’s perspective, because that is what I relate most too.  We are in the business to get positive results and achieve success.   Keeping a positive attitude is not a luxury, it is a necessity.  Creating the right work environment starts with your attitude.  The attitude you bring to your workspace is going to determine your level of effort.  If you have a positive attitude working, then you are going to have more energy, be more creative and get more done.  If you have a bad and negative attitude, then you won’t get as much done and your efforts and creativity will be minimal.

Sometimes, it’s a good idea to have things in your workspace that support, remind and nurture that positive attitude.  In my office, I have art that inspires me.  Every piece of art has a meaning that when I look at them, it reminds me of a positive message.  Plus, it makes me feel inspired.  I think it ok to have a few items that enhance your workspace for optimal performance.  However, the flip side is that if you work with others in the same area of space, you have to be respectful.  You can’t just dominate the space with what you deem good for you.   If you want to put up a poster, picture of your family, a cartoon that makes you laugh or some kind of knick knack that is a symbol of something positive, ask permission of others around you and see if they are ok with it.  Don’t be defensive if they are not or don’t subscribe to your “empowering the workspace” for positive performance.  Maybe you just need to start small.

If you have your own workspace, go all out to make it a place where you can thrive.   One office I visited had amazing colors, plants and a fish tank.  It’s an understatement to say it was awesome.  I loved it.  If you are able to, determine what colors you want in your workspace. Colors can be inspirational.  If you want a little life, adds some plants.  I suggest the bonsai tree. They are magnificent miniature looking trees that just fill a room with large energy.  I am a fan of bonsai trees.  Maybe Google empowering office designs in order to get some ideas for yourself.  The goal is not to create clutter by collecting and posting up everything cool thing that sparks something in you, but rather, be proactive and plan what things are of a positive nature that if they are in your workspace, it will inspire a positive attitude in you.  Remember, the atmosphere you create, determines the product you make.  That product can be your leadership, your service to others, ideas, how to treat others or how achieve your goals.  Your workspace atmosphere plays a huge role in feeding your attitude.  So, maybe make a few adjustments and create a workspace that empowers you to thrive and be your best.  But, don’t’ forget the number one thing that creates a positive atmosphere is a positive attitude.  You have to choose the right attitude every day.

 

This information is compiled, researched and written by Sam Glenn, The Attitude Guy.   Sam Glenn is a sought after keynote motivational speaker by companies and organizations that want to re-charge attitude’s for positive action to achieve positive results.  Sam Glenn’s Speeches and Motivational Books offer strategies that combat stress and negativity in the workplace and ideas that ramp up teamwork, communication and a positive culture where people will thrive.  Sam Glenn is a great kick off speaker or closing to any event.  Sam Glenn’s Official Website: (www.SamGlenn.com)

Fire!

People sure move when they hear this word. I remember when I was in high school, there was a fight going on in the hallway, and a teacher looked at me and said, “Go get help.” I ran down an empty hallway ‘til I found a room with a teacher in it. In a panic, I ran in the room, and the first words out of my mouth were, “FIRE!”

The teacher literally jumped over the desk, knocked over a few other ones, fell on the ground, got up, and ran past me yelling, “WHERE?!!!”

Then it hit me: there wasn’t a fire. It was a fight. The wrong word came out. As the teacher was running down the hallway yelling, “WHERE and FIRE?” at the same time, I tried clarifying what I meant; but he was not listening. It seemed like a few minutes, but it was more like 30 seconds, but because this teacher was screaming “FIRE!” people were following him, and a panic had ensued.

A part of me wanted to laugh, but then I was like, “I need to fix this mess.” When we got to the hallway where the fight HAD BEEN, it was empty. The fight was over, the hall had cleared, and there I was standing with the teacher who I told there had been a fire, and a few other confused people.

I tried to explain that it had been a fight, but it was gone, and that there was no fire that I knew of. So I got dragged to the main office to explain my behavior to the dean of students. Thankfully, I knew the dean well and he knew my character, and we shared a good laugh.

But when you hear that word “FIRE,” you just don’t sit around; you move!!

I have noticed something of late: some organizations and the people in those organizations need to light a fire under their attitude and actions. Some people are not moving to a positive beat. They are moving, but not with any real sense of purpose or passion for what they are doing. Do you get my drift?

Sometimes we lose that spark in our own life. We just go through the daily grind, get up, go to work, come home, go to bed and repeat.

You can also learn what people think of their jobs when the word “FIRE” is involved. I don’t mean the firing off, but a fire drill. There was a recent fire drill for this one company, and as people were running down the stairs, you could hear the comments fly:

“I hope this building burns!”

“I hope it’s a real fire so we don’t have to go back to work!”

“Thank God, a fire! We need a break!”

You want to discover the deep-down attitude of the people in your organization? Plan a fire drill. Or if you want to light a fire or rekindle a spark of passion and purpose, you have to find a meaningful connection to what you do. So much so that your internal translation changes from, “I do this job for a paycheck,” to, “This an opportunity that will lead to better things!”

Sometimes we need to light a fire under our attitude and actions so we do what we know we need to do. That means doing the little things. Getting off your butt and going to the gym, taking your wife out on date night, and putting on those dancing shoes.

The way I see it, getting that spark has to jolt you to move to a different beat. You need to define what will light a fire under your attitude and actions, so you MOVE!

It’s time to stop living hypnotized, on autopilot, or like you are in a horror film walking around like a zombie.

Get Fired UP! How will you get fired up today?

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