By Patrick Neal-Wright
Positivity is power.
By being a cup half full person, you can influence so many other aspects of your daily life and this is key at the moment as we are all changing our working environments.
If you are positive in your job, and the work you do, this often has a knock-on effect to other tasks and even onto your team, but the other way around can have the reverse effect. Keeping optimistic needs to be demonstrated from the top down and at any working level.
Working from home for long periods of time can be a challenge, make sure you use collaborative channels such as Microsoft teams to keep up in contact with your colleagues. I set up two video calls on my first day of working from home, just to discuss the plan for the day with the team and show my team my 2-year-old son (who was very interested in the new technology that just appeared in his home!) He’s enough to put a smile on anyone’s face..
For me, there are 2 important rules to keeping the positivity flowing
Rule 1: Be nice to others
Rule 2: Be nice to yourself, say aloud:
- I’m doing great
- I am enough
- I am a legend!
These 2 rules can be more difficult to follow when working alone. A lot of communication is done through chats and so the power of tone of voice is lost. You can, however, still convey tone through messages by:
- Adding emojis! They are a fun addition to a chat and often carry a tone along with them 😊
- Adding words of praise before and after a sentence. Something like, “That’s great! Could you keep me up to date with how that goes” or “Can you keep me up to date on how that goes? You are doing great so thank you”
- Do you have to send the message via chat? Sometimes, we are very quick to use a chat or email function, but could you use a video call to discuss that point, or even just to give a little praise. Sparing a little of your time for someone else can have a huge impact on their day!
My last point is simple. Even when you are alone, smile! A smile spurs a powerful chemical reaction in the brain that can make you feel happier and is even thought to have the ability to prolong your life. So, lets live longer and smile together!
I’m pleased to say that the whole team aspire to this, there’s and endless flow of positivity, where humour is welcomed, and negativity is left locked away and forgotten. Naturally.