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5 Things you can do to have a Positive Impact in the Workplace

There are immeasurable benefits to having a positive workplace environment. The benefits are for both the employees and the company itself which is why it is so essential for managers and others on the leadership team to take an active approach to creating a positive working environment. Whether it is in an office environment or a manufacturing facility or any other type of work, it is important to do everything possible to have a positive workplace.

A positive working environment will help improve the overall productivity rate, create happier workers, improve morale and help to lower the overall turnover rate. These are many different ways companies can help encourage these types of positive changes. The important thing when taking steps to improve the workplace environment is to make sure the changes are directed toward the employees and their wants and needs, not just what the management team would like them to be.

Set an Example

Setting an example for how to act while at work is essential for any company. If the management and leadership are not conducting themselves in a way which has a positive impact on the workplace, nobody else will either.

5S-guide-and-poster2-1Focus on Positives

No matter how good someone is there will be mistakes made, and this is just a part of working with other people. Rather than focusing on any negative things that go on at work it is better to quickly address the issue and move on. When things are done exceptionally well, however, make sure to focus on this and share it with others. Corrective action should always be done in private, but rewarding positive behavior should be done in public so everyone can benefit.

Improve Communication Skills

Many problems in all types of work environments are caused by miscommunications. Most people don’t even realize when they have been misunderstood and just believe that the other parties are either incompetent or out to get them. In most cases people want to do well and think they are doing the right thing.  Helping people learn to communicate more effectively is a great way to limit conflict and ensure people are working together in a more effective way.

Create Positive Team Spirit

Most companies are split up into multiple different teams, and fostering team spirit within these areas is a great way to improve the work environment. When done properly there can be friendly competition between teams, which helps strengthen the workplace environment. Encourage the entire company to work together as one team is also a great way to improve the way things are done and help people across division lines to get to know each other better.

Respectfulness

Encouraging people to respect others is essential. Even when there is a disagreement it is possible to work it out without becoming disrespectful. By recognizing that everyone is there to do a good job it is easier to overcome obstacles and conflict in a positive and productive way. When people in a company respect each other they can accomplish far more than would otherwise be possible.

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On behalf of Creative Safety Supply based in Portland, OR, I strive to provide helpful information to create safer and more efficient industrial work environments. My knowledge base focuses primarily on practices such as 5S, Six Sigma, Kaizen, and the Lean mindset. I believe in being proactive and that for positive change to happen, we must be willing to be transparent and actively seek out areas in need of improvement. An organized, safe, and well-planned work space leads to increased productivity, quality products and happier workplace. Connect with Antonio on Google+