I’m sure you’ve heard of IQ and EQ, but have you heard of positive intelligence? What is positive intelligence? It’s the ability to look at an outcome and see the good in it. In recent years, there are many studies that show that positive intelligence is one of the most underrated performance indicators. As more employers spend time training their employees, the one missing factor is happiness. Have you asked if your employees are happy?
I have been there before including being both an employee and a manager. What I learned is that as an employee, we want to feel valued. However, feeling valued starts within ourselves too. When I spent less time complaining about my work and putting more effort into being positive about the things I could control, I found that I was able to be more productive and accomplish more tasks.
Managers do not have it easy either. However, their main focus should be on empowering employees to be better. If a manager is negative, then this results in a negative atmosphere for employees and an unpleasant outcome of high turnover rates.
Less Stress Results in Better Productivity
This is the truth. Stress isn’t necessarily bad. It has a bad reputation at work because it is associated with negative health effects. There are negative, long-term effects to stress, but typically, stress can be used as a tool to motivate and prevent it from happening. It is the body’s warning system that there may be an immediate danger. Employees can utilize stress to avoid procrastination and be proactive. At the same time, knowing when stress is bad, can result in better methods of eliminating it by either working fewer hours or prioritizing tasks.
Focus on the Small Wins Daily
Your wins do not need to be big to be worthy of remembering. A small win is a win. I like to keep track of my small victories throughout the day because it reminds me that I am on my journey. Success is not the measure of what you achieve in the short term. It is a marathon. It is a good practice to not compare yourself to others. This is because not everyone has the same goals or measures of success. Furthermore, you will feel better about what you manage to do throughout the day versus feeling bad.
For Every 1 Bad Thought, Replace it with 3 Good Ones
Studies show that positive thinkers have 3 good thoughts for every bad thought. For the next couple of days, try this exercise. When you feel that you are thinking negatively, start to remind yourself of the positives. It’s a bit tricky at first but after a while, you’ll start to notice the change in your posture, attitude, and stress levels.