In the corporate world it is important to maintain a positive attitude to maintain an inclusive environment. At least that is what all of the orientation documents allude to. Corporations don’t want internal bandwagon behaviors to cause problems for the morale of the company. Just smile and never say anything perceived to be negative and everyone is happy.
This does not add to the morale of the employees. While it is demoralizing to have someone complaining all of the time, it is equally demoralizing pretending to be positive when there are a lot of negative things going on. Sometimes it is ok for a company to address the negative things that are happening to the company in a real manner instead of only talking about the positives and providing a false sense of security.
In the global financial crises of 2007-2008, many banks where uncertain of their future. It was all over the news and consumers saw the devastation, but banking corporations still assured their employees that everything was ok. Eventually, employees received pink slips and packages (most without notice). The employees were forced into reskilling or taking lower paying jobs. This would have been less frustrating for employees if the companies were honest about a very negative thing that was happening and provided opportunities to find other jobs and understand the impact of this very negative thing that was happening.
Certainly it seems like making false statements of positivity like “It’s getting better” or “you have nothing to worry about” are the best approach to maintain a positive environment. However, companies can miss opportunities to find solutions if they do not use their resources effectively. Employees are the best resource to company solutions. It is best to allow employees to help provide solutions.
As an employee, maintaining a positive environment is more that making positive affirmations all day. Find ways to provide solutions. Become part of the process of building a true positive environment. Become part of the process of building a true positive environment. This may even include working in a different department you are better suited for. Talk to your leadership team and find your true positive environment.
Juanita Espino B.S. Comm., M.A.Ed.
Communications Consultant and Professional Advisor