Executive Coaching To Create A More Positive Work Environment

In order to enjoy a positive environment at work, everyone needs to contribute and executive coaching can help.

High employee morale works when people buy in to the idea of a mutually supportive atmosphere.  This only happens when everyone accepts accountability.  That also includes being responsible for enhancing the overall corporate culture, not just showing up and doing your job in your little part of the company.  For managers, the responsibility is even greater; they need to shape and retain talented employees.  Much of that is done by their words and actions, not just through company directives.  There’s more to an office environment than just the walls and unending line of cubicles.

As any executive coach will tell you, in a positive work environment, people are happy to be there.  They are happy because they are supported by their managers and their peers, they receive feedback on their work, they are rewarded when appropriate, they have opportunities to contribute to the team, and they feel challenged.  A positive office supports an environment of inclusion, not exclusion.  In order to do this, maintain an open door policy.  Closed doors usually result in escalated rumors; people always wonder what’s going on behind closed doors.

If you need to have a meeting, reserve a conference room rather than closing your door.  Conference rooms are more appropriate locales for meetings.  People expect them to occur in there.

Executive Coaching Tips For A Positive Work Environment

1) Another aspect that contributes to a positive environment is active teamwork.  Everyone gets involved.  When people get involved, they feel important and appreciated.  This helps to motivate people.  One of the best parts about building such a great environment is that you can do it at almost no cost to you or the company.  Listen to others’ ideas and welcome their opinions.

Brainstorming is a great way to enhance problem solving skills and adds to the sense of inclusion.  Brainstorming is a great way to get everyone involved and allows them to feel that they are being heard, which makes them feel useful.  People that feel useless are not motivated to try harder or do anything beyond which they are responsible for.  So make others feel appreciated.  You’ll be glad you did.

2) Goals and deadlines help keep people on track.  When people know what is expected of them, it gives them a sense of purpose.  As the work is completed to specification and on time, managers appreciate it and it prevents unwanted surprises.  It’s important to remember that when setting goals and deadlines, everyone understands and accepts what is communicated.  There should also be an open forum for employees to speak up and let management know what their professional goals are so that they can be aided in achieving those goals.  They will yet again be motivated to work harder when they know that they are being supported.

3) Constructive feedback is a great way for employees to gauge how they’re performing.  This should be done as often as necessary, and always in private.  Offer positive reinforcement for a job well done.  Rewards for good work show the appreciation that employees seek. Bosses should give promotions when they can.  Again, if people know that promotions or bonuses are available for exceeding expectations, they will be motivated to attain those results.  Giving raises, bonuses and promotions also sends a strong signal; it lets people know that hard work and diligence is rightly rewarded.

4) Negativity and gossip lower the morale in the workplace.  Do your best to discourage this kind of behavior.  Negativity can spread like the flu and pretty soon you have a bigger problem on your hands.  Treat your employees and colleagues as equals and do your best not to keep secrets.  This prevents an “us versus them” feeling.

Finally, some of the best things you can do to foster a positive workplace environment is smile and make eye contact.  Technically, it uses fewer muscles to smile than to frown and it promotes a warm atmosphere.  People respond favorably to smiling.  Making eye contact with others is also a great way to establish a personal connection that you might not otherwise get.  When you smile and make eye contact with people they feel that they have your full attention.  This leads to a feeling of appreciation since they feel they are being heard.

Again, taking these simple steps can do a lot to inspire people to do more in their jobs and be happy while doing it.  As previously mentioned, some of these ideas have no cost attached to them, making it easier to give them a shot.  Remember that people who work in a positive environment are more likely to do a better job because they are motivated to do so.  So, if all it takes is a smile to get it going, then this is the best place for you to start.

An executive coach can help you implement these ideas and enhance your and your team’s performance.

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