Importance of Good Attitude at Work

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Having a good, positive attitude, along with positive thinking, at work will reflect on what you do and make you a more productive employee. This can determine how well you get your projects done and also how others perceive you. If you display a good attitude, you may increase your chances for a promotion or a raise if you are a positive role model for others within your department at work.

Significance

Your attitude is a form of expression of yourself. You can choose to be happy, positive and optimistic or you can choose to be pessimistic and critical with a negative outlook on your workday. The Mayo Clinic suggests that positive thinking and a good attitude help better your psychological well being and help you cope better under stressful situations at work. If you display a good attitude, your co-workers will as well, making it easier to communicate and get along in the workplace.

Identification

There are signs of a good attitude, and these signs are identified by employers and management, who look for leaders in a group or those to whom they want to give projects. Those employees who are committed to volunteering some of their extra time and are appreciative, enthusiastic, kind and willing to help others and work overtime with a good attitude are often recognized in the workplace, explains the Payscale website.

Benefits

When you begin to display a positive attitude at work, you can expect to see benefits. If you have to make a presentation or share a project speech with others in your department, keep your attitude upbeat and hopeful for a positive outcome. Reinforce with others the rewards of your goals and emphasize less on the negatives. This will keep other employees, including yourself, motivated and on track.

Atmosphere

It can be trying for you to have a good attitude in the workplace when the atmosphere in the workplace is negative, or other employees are unhappy. Suggest ways to increase morale to your bosses. This could be something as simple as having lunch catered twice a week or seminars and retreats that include a guest motivational speaker. The key is to change the tone in the office to a positive one, explains the University of Michigan website. This helps to induce productivity and make employees feel better.

Effects

The Entrepreneur website explains that when you expect positive outcomes, you can turn a bad circumstance into a new opportunity. This gives you a chance to learn from your experience and investigate new ideas on how to make the next project or activity a more beneficial one. Reacting with an attitude that you can learn from the negative rather than give up or get mad will show that you are a team player and someone who can bounce back from stress.

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