Are you looking to spread positive mojo in your office? We've put together 7 quick and easy ways to take your mediocre office culture and turn it into a positive place to be!
- Start the day right.
• Peek into a co-worker’s office and call out, “Good morning, Debra.”
• If you’re on the phone, wave, and give a big smile to a passing co-worker.
- Ask your co-workers to share their skills.
• Ask, “How do you manage your time so well?”
• Accept what you hear with respect and appreciation, and end the conversation. No judgments, comparisons, or “Wouldn’t work for me!”
• Ask, “What’s the secret of your success with picky customers?”
- Encourage “loud and proud.”
• Ask, “Tell me some things you’ve done this year that you’re proud of.”
• Open a meeting with, “First, let’s talk about what we’ve done well this month (or week).”
- Focus on the problem, not the person.
• Say, “Let’s have coffee and figure out how to prevent this from happening again,” rather than, “We (or you) have a problem.”
• Say, “I know we can fix this if we work together. When’s a good time?”
- Listen actively.
• Ask, “Tell me how you pulled off that huge project on time!” Don’t offer a different way she could’ve done it.
• When you realize a colleague is talking about something he’s obviously proud of, turn away from your papers or computer so you won’t be tempted to glance at them.
- Personalize recognition.
• For a co-worker who doesn’t like public recognition, write a note or e-mail, or tell her privately in person what you like about her work.
• For a “ham,” arrange to have his name mentioned at a meeting.
- Go easy on honest mistakes.
• Say, “We all miss things sometimes. Good catch now, though!”
• Say, “I hate it when I do that!”
• Say, “Good recovery.”
If you think you can’t master them all, start focusing on one a day. It’s the little things that will make a bigger difference in the end. Encourage your team to also focus on ways to improve the culture. After all, they want to enjoy coming to work every day, so make sure it’s an inviting and positive place to be.
Do you enjoy coming to work because of things your work does for its employees or because the overall culture makes it a great place to be? Share your positive culture success stories with us!
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