Creating a Positive Work Climate

“Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it.  Autograph your work with excellence.”   – Author Unknown

One important mark of leadership excellence is creating and sustaining a positive work climate that reinforces a sense of belonging.   A positive work climate enhances motivation, teamwork, collaboration, and employee problem solving.

But what do leaders do to achieve this?  There are many aspects, but I will focus on three.

First is the leader’s energy level:  positive energy is contagious and motivating for others, while negative energy can have the opposite effect.  The best leaders are actively mindful of how their actions impact others with a commitment to continuously strengthening their skills.

Second is getting to knowing the staff as people, not just employees.  By taking an interest in personal history, goals, and family, the leader communicates that he or she really cares.   

A third area is showing appreciation.  Sending thank you notes, well-designed award programs, and offsite events (such a staff outings and retreats) are among the many possibilities.

Of course, there are other important components, too, like ensuring that you treat everyone fairly (including not having favorites) and effectively addressing conflicts between your team members.

For Further Thought:    Reflect on your workplace climate and how it might be better.  Are your mindful of how your mood and demeanor affects others on your team?  What actions could you could take to make the work environment more positive?  What steps could you take to show more appreciation to your staff?

As a leader, you have an extraordinary opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. Don’t underestimate your impact!  

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Douglass Teschner