Accentuating the Positive at Work
Ask anyone familiar with Oozle Media, and they’ll tell you that we’re just lousy with happiness. Maintaining a positive workplace is fundamental to both productivity and happiness. Negativism, on the other hand, can lead to decreased productivity, high turnover, lateness, absenteeism, mistakes, and even health issues (for more details on the impact of pessimism at work, check out this article). According to Oozle CEO Scott Linford, “Negativity can drive a company into the ground. It’s been a priority for us from day one to make sure our employees are happy.”
How do we do it? It’s simple: we focus first on accentuating the positive, and then on combating negativity.
Accentuating the Positive
There are lots of reasons to feel good when you’re working at Oozle Media. Employees are given paid holidays and time off, benefits, stimulating work, and plenty of input on creative direction. What’s more, we’re sure to spend lots of time building up our team using fun activities and throwing a party at every possible opportunity. When the Jazz Bear drops into the office, you learn about zombies at lunch, and the CEO remembers your birthday, why wouldn’t you have a smile on your face?
Combating the Negative
Negativity, however, can creep into a company despite the best of intentions. To begin combating it, you must first recognize the problem. Warning signs include consistent lateness, carelessness, and bitterness. Keep a lookout for comments between coworkers insinuating that their work doesn’t matter.
To take care of the problem:
- Identify the ringleader. Usually, teams follow the emotional lead of one or two individuals.
- Pull any downers aside. Seek to understand first, and then seek to teach. You may find out that the negativity stems from problems at home. Be understanding. Really listening to an employee’s problems may help them feel that work is actually a place to go to be safe from their problems. If the employee is dissatisfied with the management, avoid getting on the defensive.
- Give credit where credit is due. Usually, a team’s success is attributed to a handful of top dogs. Make sure that everyone involved is acknowledged for their contribution. In fact, according to Andrea Poe, “At some companies, weak employees get moved up and around more often than good employees because managers and supervisors want to hold on to their favorites.” This kind of backward politics can lead to systemic negativism.
At Oozle Media, we’re celebrated for having one of the most unique, positive work environments in Utah. If you’re ready for a move to happiness, GET OOZLED today!