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How to Motivate Employees with Your Own Attitude

The attitude you adopt at the workplace affects not only you, but also your employees. Choose a positive attitude to motivate your employees. You may not have control over what happens to you, but you do have complete control over how you respond and react to what happens to you.

Enthusiasm and optimism are contagious. Choose to be upbeat and positive, and others will soon be that way, too.

Here are a few tips to help you stay upbeat:

  • Laugh it up. Humor not only relieves tension, it also encourages a light-hearted atmosphere.

  • Be cooperative and approachable. Your cooperative attitude will be noted by others and reciprocated.

  • Practice open communication. Regular communication prevents many problems from occurring in the first place. Good communication also helps solve the problems that do pop up.

  • Stay calm. When you’re faced with a difficult situation, don’t allow emotions and pressure to affect how you communicate.

  • Be part of the solution. Don’t just identify a problem — propose solutions. Encourage your employees to do the same.

  • Keep it to yourself. If you’re having a particularly bad day or a crisis, consider spending some time alone. That way, you won’t do or say something you’ll regret later.

  • Spread good news. When something good happens, share the news with others and praise those who made it happen.

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