Most of us genuinely like the people we work with — at least most of them. 😉 But even so, work can be stressful and people can be on edge, making the workday a little less happy. Well, why not take it upon yourself to try and make the atmosphere more positive? Chances are, people will notice your little changes and pay it forward — and that makes work feel like a lot less work. Here are a few ideas.
1. Spread Credit Around
How about praising others for their accomplishments? Instead of allowing your office to become dog-eat-dog, make it a point to congratulate people on their good work, whether it’s directly tied to you or not, and be specific. Write a quick note or email, or give them a high-five in the hallway.
2. Offer Your Help
If you’ve got a little bit of a slow day or a break, offer to help your co-workers by helping with whatever you can. Not only does it breed appreciation and warm fuzzies, it’s also a great way to cross-train and pick up some new skills.
3. Show Appreciation
If someone helps you out, more than a casual “thanks” is always appreciated. There are plenty of ways to show a co-worker you genuinely appreciate their help.
4. Give Feedback
Even if the project didn’t go as planned, try to come up with some positive feedback, even if you need to give constructive criticism. Tell people specifically what their contribution meant to the team and how it helped you personally.
5. Make Peace with Criticism
When you’re the recipient of constructive criticism, try taking it constructively. Your attitude will go a long way in keeping things positive, and how you react will say a lot about you.
6. People First
Meeting deadlines and getting things done right is important, but people are more important. Let people know you care by asking about their day or weekend before getting down to business. Try to be aware of how their lives are going.
7. Pass on Positive Comments
Did you notice your co-worker did a really good job or delivered a project early? If you aren’t the boss, tell the boss about it. Hopefully, they’ll return the favor when you go above and beyond. But even if they don’t, they’ll definitely appreciate the gesture — and that builds better relationships.
8. Start Traditions
Your family has traditions. Why not start a fun one at work? It doesn’t have to be a big deal, or even company-sponsored. Maybe bring bagels on the last Friday of the month. Go out for sushi every quarter. Make it a tradition to choose an MVP on every project. Workplaces that have traditions have happier employees.