Resolutions and your place of work


We are now into 2017 and did you make those resolutions?

Where any of them for your workplace?

Perhaps you forgot.

Here are 6 suggestions to make your working life better, more enjoyable and more productive.

  • Create prioritised ‘to do’ lists. We know that this isn’t original but it is oh so important if you are to increase your own efficiency and avoid being stressed by the important task that you are putting off.
  • Delegate More. Are you possessive about your workload thinking no one else could do the work like you? If you work in a team then learn the meaning of the word team and delegate! That way your colleagues will enjoy the extra responsibility and you will improve your work life balance and create some ‘thinking time’.
  • Take Your Lunch Break. It isn’t smart or impressive to work through your lunch break. Everyone needs a break during the day and a good idea is to get some fresh air and gentle exercise to refresh both the mind and body. It will benefit your productivity in the afternoon.  
  • Show more interest in your colleagues. Get to know the people you work with better. Understand what makes them tick, what is important to them and what they worry about. Arrange lunchtime walks or a drink after work. This will develop your relationship and make working together more productive.
  • Improve fitness. From that stroll at lunchtime with a colleague to taking up a new sport or joining a gym, regular exercise will also have benefits at work because you will become sharper in both body and mind.
  • Positive mindset. Associate yourself with generally positive people and be positive yourself. Positivity is contagious as are the benefits of a positive mindset both at work and at home.

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Our intention here is to leave you with achievable resolutions and if you are able to take up even half of those listed, and make them stick, then you will find significant benefits both personally and professionally.

Remember – Mayfair Cares

Did you know that a positive attitude is contagious? - take one into 2017.

Employee attitude is a significant factor in the overall welfare of a business. 

Research has shown that despite being a complex element to measure, there is a relationship between attitude and the overall performance of a business. Moreover, depending on whether the attitude is good or bad, company productivity will alter in a similar manner. The impact can either be a direct one or by influence of other allied work factors. 

There is a tangible link between a positive attitude with a happier workplace and productivity just as there is between the subsequent damage that a negative attitude can cause.

In the Workplace:

Whether positive or otherwise, workplace attitudes are contagious and can simply spread throughout an organisation. Positive attitudes can produce amazing results involving productive collaborations and interactions. Co-workers can be inspired to be like those who have good attitude. 

Moreover, it creates a sense of belonging which inspires complete commitment towards organisational success. By contrast, negative attitudes can have a detrimental impact. A negative workplace setting may promote individuality and isolation and may reduce co-worker trust which hinders interaction and collaboration all which limit productivity.

Commitment: 

Based on their attitude, an employee can either be engaged or disengaged in their work. For individuals with a positive attitude, the feeling of commitment and investment in quality work and high standards comes naturally and reflects positively on the overall success of the firm. 

Nonetheless, employees with a similar set of qualities and skills but with a negative attitude exhibit a different output with their disengagement evident in their overall output and task performance. They exhibit a lack of commitment to the firm’s objectives and may produce low quality output and this diminishes productivity. 

Retention:

Loyalty and commitment towards achieving the objectives of a firm is only possible when an employee has a positive attitude both in his individual tasks and towards his/her organisation. Employees with a positive attitude are more likely to establish a sense of commitment and loyalty to their job and subsequently remain there to accomplish them. 

For such a firm, the productivity is more likely to improve since retention builds experience and proficiency and it minimises turnover expenses. On the contrary, employees with a negative attitude towards their jobs and firms are less likely to develop a sense of commitment for the company objectives and plans. In most cases, they may be in the company due to lack of options or awaiting the appropriate time to depart. 

Customer care and satisfaction:

In organisations, direct customer interaction is limited to several employees and the attitude of these employees directly influences customer satisfaction. Moreover, even for employees not directly dealing with clients, their level of customer care and service is dependent on their attitude. 

Dealing with certain customers may not be the sweetest job in the world but a positive attitude goes a long way in ensuring customer satisfaction. Employees with good attitude will take time to listen and attend to customer needs in the best way possible. On the contrary, negative attitude will be identified by lack of concern for customer needs and detachment. Employees with a bad attitude will view clients as a bother and a nuisance. Negative employees need to remember that it is the customers who pay their wages.

Workplace attitude are contagious and have an impact on everyone in a firm. With attitudes, firms are able to establish healthy work ethic that promotes esteem, team spirit and productivity. Having an understanding on how attitude, workplace and productivity link is vital in establishing a successful workplace environment. 

What could be a better resolution for 2017 than embracing a positive attitude both at home and at work?

And remember, Mayfair Cares

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