10 positive thinking tips for times of hardship

Positive thinking tips for times of hardship


Why is creating positive employee mindset important to your business?

Would you rather your employees be incapacitated by stress, or would you prefer them to make effective use of their time at work accomplishing their tasks efficiently?

In the face of business decisions, workloads, peer pressure, and striving to always reach that next goal, stress can easily become our go-to. Instead of letting stress get in the way, you can put measures in place to help instil positive thinking into your everyday routines. Eventually, practice will make perfect and positivity will become second nature, a habit that you and your workers maintain for your well-being, both physically and mentally.

Here are our 10 tips for staying positive during tricky times


1.   Cultivate a positive working environment

Ensure that your workplace offers an uplifting and supportive environment for your workforce. You can do this by sanctioning regular breaks away from the screen or production line to walk, take a breath of fresh air, and catch up with colleagues. You can also put policies in place that define how seriously bullies will be dealt with and hold regular employee reviews to set manageable targets and evaluate the employee’s stress levels.


2.   Encourage employees to start their day in a positive manner

The way we begin our days can often shape the rest of our daylight hours. Engaging with your employees to encourage a restful evening and positive morning routine can have seriously good repercussions for both business productivity and their personal emotional well-being. Consider a company-wide workshop offering tips for getting going in the morning. You could even hold meetings to determine which employees would prefer a flexi-time approach to their day, as many people just aren’t morning people and would increase their productivity if they could shift their hours later.


3.   Find a positive spin on any situation

Once a tricky situation has had time to fully sink in and be accepted, it’s time to turn it on its head and find a positive opportunity to arise from that situation. In business, as in life, there’s no time for excess wallowing when a tough situation can be the beginning of a new avenue for profit or development. You may have lost a big contract, but now you have time to fill with a new, better contract. You may have bungled an important meeting, but you can apologise, make light of it, and move on. You may be evicted from your rented office, but now you can find a location that suits your type of business even better.


4.   Begin a positive reinforcement and constructive criticism approach

Often, employees can feel unappreciated or replaceable in the workplace. They can feel like their achievements are ignored and their mistakes are brought into the limelight. To help achieve positive thinking, it’d be good to implement a system whereby employees feel that their achievements are recognised and their mistakes are simply something to learn from. Positive reinforcements will help to show your employees how valued they are, thus increasing their work satisfaction, motivation, and loyalty to the company. Constructive criticisms will turn any errors into teaching situations, giving them the opportunity to see where they’ve gone wrong so they don’t commit the same mistake again.


5.   Keep your employees learning and teaching each other

In times of stress, occupying the brain with other worthier tasks, such as learning, can help limit the damage caused. Learning is always a positive and nothing makes learning more worthwhile than being able to pass on your knowledge to others. Keep your employees’ minds sharp with different courses and workshops to help improve their productivity and then help them tutor their colleagues in their new skills. Not only will you get the most bang for your buck by spreading the knowledge of a single workshop throughout your whole company, you’ll be enriching the lives of your employees and helping with their personal development.


6.   Allow mementoes of home and personal space decorations

If you work in an office cubicle, it can often feel sterile and bland. To prevent this and to make it feel more comfortable for your workforce, consider setting policies of how it can be personally decorated. A potted plant, a family photo, a personal mouse pad, and a coffee mug can all go a long way to improving your employee’s personal outlook on their job. It marks the space as theirs, rather than the place they sit while they work, and it provides a sense of ownership that will increase their pride in the company.


7.   Coordinate an exercise and nutrition programme for your employees

Many workers these days find it increasingly difficult to fit healthy living practices into their daily lives. What with work commitments, family time, and social lives, healthy eating and physical activities are often pushed to the back burner. If at all possible, integrate a healthy living philosophy into your workplace to encourage employees to think about their health. After all, the healthier they are, the happier, and the less sick leave they’ll apply. You could encourage those who live close by to walk or cycle to work. You could offer subsidies to be given for workouts at nearby gyms or meals at healthy delis during lunchtime. You could hire a variety of sports coaches to run a different class each week during lunch hour so that employees can sample a range of different activities they could take up on a regular basis.


8.   Make sure work remains at work and doesn’t cross into personal hours

This is a tough one but necessary. Very few jobs require 24-hour maintenance, however the advancement of technology allows us to check our emails before bed, receive instant notifications at the dinner table, and take business phone calls while out walking the dog. Suddenly, our personal lives become an extension of our work lives. For our own health and well-being, it’s very important to take a break from the strains of work, to recharge and live a little. Without taking a break even after office hours, you can easily burn out, becoming much less productive as time goes on. It’s easy to tune into work during your downtime, to check in or organise your to-do list for tomorrow – but it’s not healthy to the mind.


9.   Build workplace relationships and join in after-work activities

A closely knitted community can greatly increase an employee’s enjoyment of their job, and in turn it increases their productivity and loyalty to the company. By encouraging colleagues to chat, bond, and work together, you’re creating a strong company community that makes it a desirable place to work. After work, it’s a good idea to occasionally join in the activities, so you can take the conversation away from business and form a more lasting friendship with your employees. This kind of relationship building can result in employees feeling they have more support at work and a stronger network of people to rely on in times of crisis; they’d look forward to going to work every morning too!


10.   Keep a positive perspective throughout tough times

It can be alarmingly easy to find a tough situation occurring at work – a tricky time in your personal life, coupled with some hard realities that you can’t change, for example heavy traffic making you late, getting drenched from a heavy downpour, or spilling coffee over yourself before an important meeting. However, try not to let these hiccups get on top of you. You need to maintain positive thinking throughout by consciously pausing from your annoyances, taking some deep breaths, and giving yourself time to refocus on the task at hand.