The Importance of Positive Working Environments
by the Wellness Committee
It’s all about the little things. The little things that make our days more enjoyable and pleasant and create a positive working environment.
There are so many elements that contribute to a positive working environment. One of the most basic, and crucial, elements of a healthy and productive workplace is civility. Civility refers to the behavior and language that show respect, consideration, and kindness towards others. Some simple examples of civility are: greeting colleagues with a friendly hello or a smile, using please and thank you, assisting people struggling with packages or to open a door or using a pleasant tone of voice. Civility promotes positive relationships, teamwork, and can enhance employee satisfaction and productivity.
Civility is essential in the workplace for several reasons:
1. Positive and inclusive work culture
When employees treat each other with respect, they create an environment that promotes trust, cooperation, and collaboration. This, in turn, fosters open communication, creative problem-solving, and a sense of belonging.
2. Employee well-being and job satisfaction
When employees feel valued and respected, they are more likely to enjoy their work and feel a sense of fulfillment. This can boost their motivation, engagement, and loyalty to the organization.
3. Essential for effective teamwork
When employees work together, they need to communicate effectively, share ideas, and listen to each other’s perspectives. If they do not treat each other with civility, they may struggle to build trust and rapport, which can hinder their ability to collaborate and achieve their goals.
Let’s all continue to do our part in prioritizing civility to the workplace, and modeling it for the people around us.
Often, when we think about wellness, we think about the things we lack, or we criticize ourselves and look for the things that aren’t perfect. But what if our wellness challenge is to work on changing our perspective? To work on changing our thoughts around certain things in our lives?
What’s something you are working on changing your perspective on?