We all know that person who seems to be happy all the time. While most of us are guzzling our coffee and trying to muster up enough fortitude just to speak in the morning, they burst through the door smiling and dishing out greetings like they’re ½ off coupons. Like it or not, we’re all better because of that person. The workplace needs this, and to be quite honest, if everyone was a little happier, the day would be easier, shorter, and more fulfilling.
Why is a positive attitude so important? There’s a lot of science behind it, but we don’t need all of that. It’s pretty easier to boil down. Do you think people are more productive when they are happy? Do you think employees feel more open to bring up new ideas and tactics when their boss is encouraging? Do you think you are more promotable if you are seen by senior management as a positive person who is going to take the bull by the horns?
It’s just this simple. Others will feed off of your energy. They will appreciate your compliments and work harder. They will see you getting promoted and mirror your behavior. Or, they will do none of the above, and hopefully your place of business if professional enough to performance manage them into energetic, motivating people, or fix the problem.
It took me a long time to become that person. Early in my life, I didn’t see the benefit, either to me, others, or my career. Then I tried to fake it…put on a happy face. This can be done, but real people will see right through you. It has to be genuine. You have to find something, anything, at work that makes you happy. It doesn’t have to be the type of work you do. Take hold of the fact that you love to see your employees excel. Take pride in the fact that your work is important and makes the world a better place. Be happy that you can provide a better life for your kids than was provided for you. But at the end of the day, you have to have a positive attitude, every day, all the time….no wavering. Your coworkers, employees, and career depend on it.