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Building a positive workplace culture
Attitudes - introduction

Introduction

What is an attitude?

Attitudes at work

Can attitudes be changed?

Resilient attitudes

Building a positive workplace culture

Emotional intelligence

Your attitude is influenced by the workplace itself, and this usually comes down to its leadership.

Good leadership will promote positive attitudes from employees. A negative culture will dampen the mood and result in more employees calling in sick, feeling unhappy and unmotivated and eventually handing in their letter of resignation.

There are many ways to build a productive culture at work. We can help you do this by looking at your current situation and finding ways to improve the workplace culture by changing people’s attitudes to their job, their environment, each other and themselves.

Firstly, you need to identify any deficiencies that are causing negative attitudes. These could include issues like favouritism, lack of recognition or different sets of standards for different employees.

Managers who get the best from their teams inspire a positive workplace culture. Some of the positive influences include:

  • Fair and equal treatment of all employees
  • Achievements recognised and rewarded
  • Open management style
  • Regular feedback
  • Open and honest communication
  • Clear goals set out
  • Regular training
  • Equal opportunities for all employees

Creating a supportive workplace culture is the first step to creating pro-active attitudes. To develop your employees’ attitudes further, you will need to provide them with the opportunity to assess their feelings, beliefs and behaviours.

You can encourage attitude change by using some of the tools on this site. Remember though, you cannot change other people’s attitudes, they need to change their own. But, you can provide an environment and the resources to encourage self-awareness and effective behaviours.

"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit" - Helen Keller
"Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effor" - Franklin D. Roosevelt
 
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