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: (

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