So many companies rely on a cutthroat, high-pressure, no-holds-barred atmosphere to fuel their financial results. However, a growing body of evidence on positive organizational psychology suggests that a cutthroat atmosphere is not only detrimental to competitiveness over time, but that a positive environment has major advantages for employers, workers, and the bottom line. While it is believed that tension and pressure drive workers to perform more, better, and faster, what cutthroat companies fail to recognize are the hidden costs.
As a boss, how can you foster positive work culture? Research points to four steps to try:
- Strengthen social connections. Good social relations at work yield highly favorable effects, according to a significant number of observational studies. People who exercise frequently, for example, are less likely to get sick, heal twice as well from surgery, suffer from less depression, learn faster and remember more, handle pain and anxiety more, have better mental acuity, and do well at work. Workplaces that are toxic and traumatic affect social interactions and, as a result, life expectancy.
- Show empathy. As a leader, you have a large impact on how your staff feels. Employees display enhanced activity when they remember an empathic boss, according to a telling brain-imaging report.
- Go beyond your ways to help. Have you ever seen a boss or trainer who goes out of their way to support you when he or she didn’t have to? You’ve probably stayed loyal to that person to this day. Employees are moved and encouraged to become more obedient and dedicated as their leaders are not only honest but also self-sacrificing. As a result, they are more willing to go out of their way to be supportive and polite to their colleagues, continuing the loop.
- Encourage them to share with you, especially about their problems. Employee efficiency increases as they feel their manager has their best interests at heart. Rather than being scared, workers feel protected. Better learning and success results benefit from leaders who are inclusive, humble, and empower their workers to speak up or ask for support. Rather than instilling a fear of negative outcomes, a sense of safety in the workplace promotes the spirit of creativity that is so necessary for innovation.
In conclusion, a supportive work environment is more effective over time because it fosters positive feelings and well-being. As a result, people’s relationships with one another strengthen, and their abilities and imagination grow. It saves workers from stressful interactions including depression, strengthening their ability to come back from obstacles and problems while also improving their health. It also encourages workers by increasing their commitment to the leader and the company while also pulling out their best qualities. When organizations develop positive, virtuous cultures they achieve significantly higher levels of organizational effectiveness — including financial performance, customer satisfaction, productivity, and employee engagement.
Tahani Tahmid Elma