As a rule of thumb, what keeps us going forward is either a strong will or motivation. At work, whether senior or junior, we all want our efforts to be acknowledged from time to time, and to know that our accomplishments are seen; this is how we get motivated to do more. Sadly, this is not always the case. Sometimes, our managers, either swamped with responsibilities or out of nature, don’t support us enough or give us the push-forward we seek from time to time. When this happens, the work environment changes to become less motivating and duller. ..
At this point, it is your and your colleagues’ role to spread positive vibes. With little and simple actions from your side, you can play a role in improving the entire work environment and making everyone feel happier at their job. Here are some ways you can boost morale and become part of making a change.
1. Give positive feedback and acknowledge others’ hard work.
When you notice that your colleague has achieved something or has come up with a nice idea, give compliments and praise their hard work. A simple ‘good job’, ‘that’s a great idea’ or ‘keep it up’ will instantly lift their spirit. In doing so, you encourage this kind of work culture. Remember, it will always pay off the way you spread positivity at work will always come back to you by any of your colleagues.
2. Be a good listener.
Don’t underestimate the power of lending an ear to a colleague when they need to. Be there for your colleagues and have open discussions hear them while they share their thoughts or concerns and try to help them by providing solutions as much as possible. Be careful, there’s a thin line between office gossip and a constructive conversation; only encourage the latter.
3. Give a helping hand.
If and when there is a situation where you can offer help, do so without hesitation. By offering help to others you encourage others to do the same. This action will build teamwork and a cooperative work culture between everyone.
4. Be open to criticism.
By being open to criticism yourself, you will later find the space to give constructive criticism to your colleague. This will help anyone fix any shortcomings in the way they work and you will help one another improve the quality of work they deliver. For instance, start by asking your colleagues for input or to give you feedback on your points of weaknesses. By setting that positive example, others won’t find it embarrassing to receive feedback either.
5. Avoid complaining.
No problem was ever solved by complaining but rather by finding solutions and taking action. You might find yourself dragged into a series of gossiping or complaining with your colleague. When you find yourself caught in such a situation, try to avoid it as much as you can. Constant complaining spreads negativity and breaks the spirit at work.