16 Mar National Optimism Month – Create an optimistic workplace
This month is National Optimism Month, and at Paragon Skills we want to encourage everyone to take on an optimistic outlook, not just in the workplace, but in daily life as well. This is more than just always looking on the bright side but trying to understand how the people you interact with think and truly appreciating their point of view. We believe by doing so you’ll find more chances to reach your goals, whatever they may be.
In the workplace, it is important to have that reminder to look for the good, with discernment. We come in contact with people dealing with different things outside of work and within the office every day. Being able to take a step back and try to see someone else’s perspective goes a long way.
Optimism in the workplace
Although March is Optimism Month, any month can be an opportunity to build your tendency toward grounded optimism and reap the many benefits that come from this. Optimism is associated with many benefits in life, including increased health, happiness, and longevity. Developing thinking on these habits can be as important in the workplace as it is at home.
During the pandemic educators across the UK went online as a solution to the classroom restrictions brought on by the pandemic, many schools, colleges and training providers (ourselves included) are seeing the benefits of blended and online delivery, so are continuing to provide high-quality teaching and training at a distance which we believe is another great reason to be optimistic.
We know there have been fears that the pandemics legacy could have meant fewer positions or opportunities to progress. However, employers and employees have bounced back to the pre-pandemic level for both recruitment and training. Choose optimism when talking to your teams about their training needs, know that they are most likely ready to take the needed steps to continue their career progression, and might just need a few words from you to start the ball rolling again.
What are some of the other steps your business can take to promote optimism in the workplace this month:
Reward employees for a job well done
Always make sure to celebrate workplace victories, and this will help boost morale. A few simple ideas are: Reward success by giving your employees a small reward when they complete an important task or setting up an employee of the month award or peer to peer recognition awards.
We are all hard-wired, when we get a reward, special pathways in our brain become activated. Not only does this feel good, but the activation also leads us to seek out more rewarding stimuli meaning increased productivity and engagement all-round.
Set up a wellbeing program
Exercise has many positive mood-enhancing results for both our bodies and our mental health. Setting up a wellbeing program at work that regularly rewards your employees for participating will not just help improve their physical health, but improve productivity levels.
Provide your teams with access to mentoring
Acting as a mentor in the workplace is a fantastic way to boost optimism. You will act as a guide for those who need it professionally and it helps nurture workplace relationships.
Add plants or green space to your office
A study by the Agricultural University of Norway proved that having plants in your office decrease symptoms of illness by 25%.  Plants improve the quality of the air indoors. But also offer up other improvements that can benefit your employees physical and mental health. Plants improve office spaces by Reducing diseases in the air; Lowering the stress rate among employees; Increasing the overall team creativity; Improving the productivity of the workers; Making the workplace more attractive Reducing the sickness level in your office
Training increases optimism in the workplace
Implementing an effective employee apprenticeship training program as a long-term career progression pathway for your teams can positively impact your bottom line. From reducing the cost of employee turnover to increasing productivity and showing this level of long term investment in your employees will give them a sense of job security and optimism.
If you want to know more about how apprenticeships can help you create a long-term career progression pathway for your teams get in touch today by calling 08007832545.