10 Ways To Have a More Positive Attitude at Work

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated May 25, 2022 | Published December 12, 2019

Updated May 25, 2022

Published December 12, 2019

Work is, well, work. From tight deadlines to coworker communication, it can be challenging to keep on top of it all and doing it with a smile. In this article, we discuss why positivity is important in the workplace and how you can develop and maintain a more positive attitude at work. 

Benefits of positivity in the workplace

Having a positive attitude can provide many benefits to your personal and professional life. It can even affect those around you in a positive way. By having a positive attitude at work, you:

  1. Create a positive environment

  2. Reduce stress

  3. Increase productivity levels

  4. Produce more energy

  5. Improve customer relations

  6. Demonstrate leadership capabilities

  7. Improve decision-making

  8. Motivate others

Create a positive environment

When you implement a positive attitude at work, coworkers will likely follow suit. Being positive is contagious.

Reduces stress

Work demands can cause stress and anxiety. By changing your reaction to stressors at work and instead, thinking positively, you can become more productive, thus, eliminating further stress.

Increases productivity levels

When you feel better, you think better. Once you begin to allow positivity to resonate with you, you will notice your willingness to take on challenging but rewarding tasks and projects. Being less distracted, you’ll be able to get your work completed more efficiently. 

Produces more energy

Adopting a more positive outlook at work will give you more energy. Negative thinking expends a lot of unnecessary energy. In a positive frame of mind, you’ll no longer dread tasks. You’ll look forward to them.

Improves customer relations

A positive attitude is foundational to quality customer service. How you approach them has a direct result on the success of your position and company. Your positive attitude will make your customers feel good. That, in turn, will promote a long lasting and successful relationship with them.

Demonstrates leadership capabilities

Managers and leaders look to promote employees who can influence others positively. When you have a positive attitude, you open yourself up to new and exciting work opportunities. 

Improves decision-making

When you have a positive attitude, you become a better decision-maker. Armed with a positive outlook, you’ll consider more favorable outcomes. You’ll see the good that your decision can bring instead of potential negative consequences previously based upon fear and negativity.

Motivates others

Keeping a positive attitude at work inspires others to drop negative habits and become more positive. By your example, they’ll likely start to realize how positivity can benefit them and begin working on cultivating a positive attitude for themselves.

10 ways to develop and maintain a positive attitude at work

Having a positive attitude takes practice. Here are ten ways to start adopting and maintaining a more positive attitude at work (and in life):

Developing a positive attitude

Here are a few ways you can begin to develop a more positive attitude in your day-to-day work.

1. Avoid gossip

Gossip can dismantle teamwork and impact morale in a negative way. To keep positive and productive, avoid gossip and gossipers.

2. Reduce complaints

Complaining is the antithesis of positivity and also, counterproductive. Plus, it often makes you feel worse about the situation, not better. Try to become more conscious of when and why you complain. Doing so will help you reduce the negative behavior as well as find more positive and productive ways to talk about these issues at work.

3. Use a positive vocabulary

Positive vocabulary can improve your overall attitude. Try to replace negative words with positive ones when they come up in conversation.

4. Smile

Smiling can have mood-boosting effects. Other people are also more likely to smile around you and change their attitudes based on your facial expression. 

5. Put others first

Try doing nice things for others in your office without expecting anything in return. Selfless acts of kindness most often result in appreciation from your colleagues, which, in turn, makes you both feel good and more positive.

Maintaining a positive attitude

After you’ve identified ways to develop positivity, here are some ways you can maintain that attitude.

1. Get enough rest

You’re more likely to be in a good mood and have a clear mind if you get enough sleep, period. 

2. Take breaks

Taking breaks during the day will help you reduce potential stress and negativity while refreshing your mindset. Go for a short walk or do some light stretches. 

3. Practice gratitude

Be mindful of all the things you’re thankful for. Focusing on the good in both your work and personal spheres will make you react more patiently and positively to stressful situations. It can be helpful to write down a list of the things you are most thankful for on a daily or weekly basis.

4. Keep visual reminders

Visual reminders to stay positive can help you maintain a good outlook even during stressful events at work. Tape small notes to your computer or around your workspace with a positive affirmation to keep perspective throughout the day.

5. Interact with positive people

Positivity is contagious. Being around positive people will help you maintain a positive mindset.

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