It has been said time and time again that a positive work place will bring more productivity. It is not that being optimistic causes the increase in efficiency but the effect of that optimism is what makes the employees happy to be there. Happy employees are more likely to remain at your company and will speak positively of the company as a whole.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Applies in the Workplace
In Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, a sense of belonging and self-esteem are at the top. The first step in creating a positive work place is to make sure your employees feel like they belong there.Creating a sense of family in the office is one way to promote a feeling of togetherness and acceptance. Companies have designated one day a month to employee appreciation days. The office takes a more relaxed outlook on these days, which brings up morale. When morale is up so is productivity.
Respect is major component to improve anyone’s self-esteem.Nothing will bring an employees attitude down more than being disrespected or looked down upon.
Once an employee feels comfortable in the work place, feels like they belong, the next step is increasing their confidence. The best way to reach people in this manner is praise them. There have been several studies that positive feedback will not only increase the employees productivity, but also they way they feel when they come to work.
Every body loves to feel good, so why not make someone’s day and tell them they are doing a good job?
Finally your employees can reach self-actualization. They already have food and water, which are the basic needs. Along with job safety will bring them to the next step. We have gone over how if they feel like they belong they will make it to the self -esteem phase of the hierarchy. The last step of Maslow’s theory says that if a person reaches self-actualization they will reach their full potential. Having an office full of people reaching their full potential will not only create a much better output for your company but will also create a much better office environment.
Now that you know how to get your employees to perform at their full potential, it is time to focus on how you lead your team.
A leader who gives back will get the best work out of his/her employees.
Making sure your time is spent with your employees, learning who they are and what they are best at, will give you the opportunity to delegate tasks in the most efficient manner. With your employees feeling good about themselves the office will run the best you have ever seen. At that point you can sit back and relax.
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