A Positive Attitude at Work: Do You Know What It Takes to Be a Leader?

Quiz

Test Your Knowledge About Employee Morale Boosters

Take this quiz to see if you can separate myth from fact when it comes to workplace morale.

Question 1

What my co-workers and I talk about at the proverbial water cooler affects morale

Question 1

True

How you spend your breaks during the work day can go a long way in improving–or hindering—morale.

What you can do: To show leadership and help others have a positive attitude at work, do your best to make the water cooler a gossip-free space. Initiate more productive conversations, like talking through your latest project, getting a second opinion on a business challenge, or genuinely catching up.

Question 1

True

How you spend your breaks during the work day can go a long way in improving–or hindering—morale.

What you can do: To show leadership and help others have a positive attitude at work, do your best to make the water cooler a gossip-free space. Initiate more productive conversations, like talking through your latest project, getting a second opinion on a business challenge, or genuinely catching up.

Question 2

Recognition only improves morale when it comes from managers, not peers

Question 2

False

Recognition has a huge impact on morale, and is sometimes absent in the workplace. In one Gallup poll, only one in three workers said they had received recognition for good work in the last seven days. You may not be able to dole out bonuses or promotions—but praise from a peer still has impact. When one of your colleagues goes above and beyond on a project or really knocks it out of the park, send them a note or stop them in the hall to tell them they did a good job.

What you can do: Suggest a peer-to-peer employee recognition program to your company’s office manager or owner, if you don’t have one already. It’s an easy way for colleagues to nominate each other for rewards.

Question 2

False

Recognition has a huge impact on morale, and is sometimes absent in the workplace. In one Gallup poll, only one in three workers said they had received recognition for good work in the last seven days. You may not be able to dole out bonuses or promotions—but praise from a peer still has impact. When one of your colleagues goes above and beyond on a project or really knocks it out of the park, send them a note or stop them in the hall to tell them they did a good job.

What you can do: Suggest a peer-to-peer employee recognition program to your company’s office manager or owner, if you don’t have one already. It’s an easy way for colleagues to nominate each other for rewards.

Question 3

My diet and beverage choices can impact my attitude at work

Question 3

True

If you’re in search of a way to boost your own morale at work, take a closer look at the foods and beverages you’re consuming while you’re there.

What you can do: Instead of running out for a fast food lunch (or skipping it all together), power your mind and body with whole grains, lean proteins and fiber-filled fruits and vegetables. Choose water to quench your thirst and remember to start hydrated and stay hydrated. Making healthful choices is important for keeping hunger at bay, avoiding rapid spikes in blood sugar levels and other diet-related disruptions that can take your mind off of the task at hand. Even small changes, like swapping out sugary drinks for flavored sparkling water can have long term benefits.

Question 3

True

If you’re in search of a way to boost your own morale at work, take a closer look at the foods and beverages you’re consuming while you’re there.

What you can do: Instead of running out for a fast food lunch (or skipping it all together), power your mind and body with whole grains, lean proteins and fiber-filled fruits and vegetables. Choose water to quench your thirst and remember to start hydrated and stay hydrated. Making healthful choices is important for keeping hunger at bay, avoiding rapid spikes in blood sugar levels and other diet-related disruptions that can take your mind off of the task at hand. Even small changes, like swapping out sugary drinks for flavored sparkling water can have long term benefits.

Question 4

Anyone can organize fun team building activities for work

Question 4

True

Team building doesn’t just happen in HR-organized activities and workshops. For example, did you know that 89% of workers agree office pools build team camaraderie? ? Activities like these can help build camaraderie among team members and give employees a common outlet for having some fun.

What you can do: Extracurricular activities don’t organize themselves. Every workplace needs someone to lead the charge. Be the one to coordinate a volunteer project, find a rec sports league to join or start a little friendly competition during major cultural events.

Question 4

True

Team building doesn’t just happen in HR-organized activities and workshops. For example, did you know that 89% of workers agree office pools build team camaraderie? ? Activities like these can help build camaraderie among team members and give employees a common outlet for having some fun.

What you can do: Extracurricular activities don’t organize themselves. Every workplace needs someone to lead the charge. Be the one to coordinate a volunteer project, find a rec sports league to join or start a little friendly competition during major cultural events.

Question 5

Improving morale is difficult

Question 5

False

It’s true that changing morale takes dedication and commitment. But even simple adjustments to how you work and how you interact with your co-workers can go a really long way in improving your attitude as well as the attitude of those around you.

What you can do: Take time for lunch every day. Offer encouragement to your co-workers. Don’t forget to use your time off. And remember, a little levity can go a long way. A study by the University of Warwick found that productivity increased as much as 20% after a few minutes of fun. So, start a game of Office Bingo or make a batch of non-alcoholic cocktails for your co-workers with Perrier, fresh fruit and crazy straws. (Here are some tasty recipe ideas to get you started!)

Question 5

False

It’s true that changing morale takes dedication and commitment. But even simple adjustments to how you work and how you interact with your co-workers can go a really long way in improving your attitude as well as the attitude of those around you.

What you can do: Take time for lunch every day. Offer encouragement to your co-workers. Don’t forget to use your time off. And remember, a little levity can go a long way. A study by the University of Warwick found that productivity increased as much as 20% after a few minutes of fun. So, start a game of Office Bingo or make a batch of non-alcoholic cocktails for your co-workers with Perrier, fresh fruit and crazy straws. (Here are some tasty recipe ideas to get you started!)

That’s the right attitude!

Your positive attitude and commitment to improving morale is an asset to your workplace. Keep up the great work!

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Leadership can come in many forms.

Sure, there’s the most well-known signs of it: a seat in the corner office, an ownership stake in the company, the word “Chief” in your title.

But you don’t need any of these things to prove yourself as a leader. All you really need is the right attitude. In fact, having a positive attitude at work and helping your colleagues do the same can show those in charge that you take responsibility for your own happiness at work, and build strong relationships with your teammates.

Your attitude at work all comes down to the choices you make every day, and what you do (or don’t do) while you’re on the clock. True aspiring leaders will recognize that they are just as empowered as their employers to leave a lasting impact on morale. They know their actions can create a ripple effect that changes the entire organization for the better.

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