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Positive Working Culture

Everyone wants to be happy at work. You spend a large amount of your time every day at work, so it is important to have a good work environment. Your leadership challenge as an SME owner is to build a positive work culture. This will help you retain good employees and drive your business forward. The power of positive thinking will improve your company culture, work environment and ultimately your business. Start with yourself.


Positive Psychology

Learning to be optimistic is key for your business. Research has shown that optimistic teams perform better than pessimistic ones. Try this in your personal life too. The power of positive thinking.

Building a positive work culture should start from optimism about your business; your business will be successful, you will be successful too. From this, good thing will develop. Try building a positive work culture in your SME by taking a systematic, step-by-step approach.


Your current company culture

Start by assessing your current company culture. This may range from no culture, through a volatile culture to a high-performance culture.

Assess this yourself then ask a few of your staff, casually, to describe your company’s culture to you in just a few words. This will help you with awareness. You will be able to understand better your staff and what changes may be needed. Once you have done this quick assessment, decide what kind of culture you want to create in your company. Then figure out strategies to achieve this.


Setting goals for your company culture

Changing the organisational culture to a positive one start by defining one or more aspects of your desired culture. These may include:

  1. Professionalism
  2. Politeness
  3. Empathy
  4. Selflessness
  5. Compassion
  6. Safety
  7. Ambition
  8. Teamwork
  9. Profit
  10. International

Strategies for creating a positive work culture

How you achieve your new work culture goals may require one or more strategies. It will require pragmatism, as trial and error will bring results. Here are some strategies to try out:

  1. Neutralise negatives; these can be people, times, office areas, schedules, reporting or others, like noise. One thing you absolutely must do is avoid negative people. Just test yourself. Think about how your life is different when you avoid negative people. You have more energy, more optimism, and more positive thoughts. Your whole attitude will become more positive.
  2. Awareness; wake up to what is not positive. Don’t avoid tough decisions. Grab the bull by the horns and get rid of the obstacles to creating a positive work culture. Spend a few minutes each day assessing what these obstacles are and how to remove them.
  3. Feedback. Listen to what your employees say they want. Watch how they respond to the changes that you make.


What does your positive work culture look like?

Once you are on your way or think you have a reasonably positive work culture, step back. Stop and take a look at what you have achieved? Is your work culture positive enough?

Here are some indicators:

  1. Your staff smile
  2. Your colleagues appear content; relaxed, focused, open.
  3. There are visible interaction and teamwork in your office
  4. You can hear laughter from time to time
  5. Your staff show gratitude to you and each other

When you think you have built a positive work culture, maintain it. Keeping your work culture positive requires pragmatism. Remember a downturn in business may cause those bonuses to disappear, staff to leave for a different industry or many other factors that may erode your hard work.


Maintaining a positive work culture

Keeping the ball in the air can be difficult, especially in volatile Asian markets. High turnover, poor ethics and changing aspirations are all difficult to manage. Then there are changes in Government Policies that may affect your whole business.

Having key employees who are positive is a good strategy. They are your leaders. Positive leaders in your organisation will influence other staff further down the food chain. Picking and developing key leaders is as important as clearing out the negative people in your organisation.

Don’t forget the simple basics of people management: feedback, praise, recognition and reward. Your work environment is key. You spend a lot of your time at work every day. Make it a positive time.

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