Some workplace cultures encourage productivity; many more do not. The latest research in organizational behavior shows that a company’s culture directly affects the motivation levels and performance of its employees. The bottom line? Employees are more productive in spaces where the vibe is encouraging and positive.

“Too many companies bet on having a cut-throat, high-pressure, take-no-prisoners culture to drive their financial success,” says Dr. Emma Seppala, Director of Science at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research at Stanford. “Not only is a cut-throat environment harmful to productivity over time,” but companies which cultivate a positive culture in their offices are more successful in the long run. Their employees tend to be happier and are more likely to contribute high-quality work.

So, how can you implement positive practices in your workplace? From a management perspective, cultivating an ethos of positivity within your organization is an essential first step to take if you want maximize the impact of your employees’ professional talents. If you’re wondering what business leaders can do to foster a positive and productive office culture, here are some tips and suggestions to help you get started.

 

Foster social connections across your organization and among colleagues. There are a number of ways to do this: workplace empathy

  • Plan team outings.

  • Enter an intramural sports league.

  • Volunteer as a team, or find other ways to get your organization involved in the local community.

  • Have employees attend industry networking events.

 

 

Invest in your employees. 

  • If someone wants to attend a class or a professional event, send ‘em and pay their way.

  • Invest in professional training, career development, continuing education classes.

  • Invite guest speakers to your office.

  • Offer perks and competitive pay–to the extent your organization can afford to do so and still be profitable.

 

 

Show empathy and go out of your way to mentor others. This is how you create a supportive culture. illustration-about

  • When hiring a new employee, look for candidates who seem caring and display emotional intelligence during their interview.

  • Check in with co-workers periodically.

  • Be kind. Encourage employees to show their individuality at work. Encourage your team to pursue interests and hobbies outside the office, and actively support them in their endeavors by attending a co-worker’s music performance or softball game.