Maintaining a positive office environment can be a challenging task considering the different dynamics at play with workloads, co-worker behaviours, management decisions etc. There are a few things you can do to have a positive influence on the workplace. Controlling these factors can help you keep your workplace from becoming a toxic working environment. You can do these things whether you are a fresher, experienced or even at a senior level of experience and part of management.
A real positive for any office is an employee who is able to find easier and better ways to do everyday things. Successful innovation makes life easier for the rest of the office while also allowing you and your colleagues to focus on other important tasks. Being someone who is skilled at their work and improves productivity in the office will help you positively influence your workplace.
Depending on how open to change they are, your management should be receiving the inputs that will help them increase productivity in the office. When an office works like a well-oiled machine, people go home on time, have less stressful workloads and the management will be open to making more change to enhance job satisfaction. Employees who have proved themselves and are confident in their abilities can make the management change their approach.
Many offices tend to divide themselves into groups based on interpersonal relationships and seating arrangements. Eventually, this creates a symptomatic division in the office where each group begins to think in terms of ‘Us and Them’ when they should only be thinking ‘us’. Being the employee that is on good terms with everyone, is a part of every group and someone who is considered neutral and impartial gives you the power to nip office politics in the bud by encouraging dialogue and togetherness. You can eat lunch with different people every day, share common ground and more.
Leaving office conflict unresolved can be a major part of the toxicity in an office. Conflict is a natural and sometimes important part of the work. The important thing to remember is that everyone wants to do their job well, and sometimes two perspectives will clash. Keeping professional arguments professional is an important part of a healthy workspace. Once disagreement leaks into personal relationships, it could create a negative atmosphere in the workplace.
Many times, when things are not going well, the people in an office begin to complain together about the way the office is running. This creates an increasingly toxic atmosphere where even small problems become intolerable. If your default action is complaining about your workplace, then gradually you will become very unsatisfied with your job and influence other people into feeling the same way. This is a very contagious habit.
Hope you know how to Contribute to a Positive Workplace. While there may be many factors outside of your control, in order to create your own destiny, you must focus your efforts on the things you can control, and try to influence the workplace positively through it.