Editor’s note: Ryan Rivera is a guest author who covers topics related to anxiety management and writes for Calm Clinic. Quantum Excellence has no association with the Calm Clinic.

Business leaders are becoming more and more aware of the problems with an inharmonious workplace. Far too many companies are finding that their work environment is becoming toxic. Yet because of the problems with today’s economy, employees that find they have distaste for their workplace are less likely to leave, or feel that they have other options. So instead, they stay at their jobs, doing just enough to not be reprimanded and hurting morale around the office.

As a leader, you need to help create a more positive work environment. Positivity is the key to hard work. The more your employees are motivated to be successful, and to treat their workplace as something they feel themselves a part of, the more likely they’ll put their heart into it and do what it takes to help the business succeed.

Creating that Positivity

Realizing that you have a toxic work environment is the first step. Many business leaders don’t want to admit to themselves that their workplace has reached a level that needs help. Some may not even know, because employees are often less vocal about their dislike of a company to those in upper management. Coming to this realization is the first step.

But once you’ve come to that realization, you have the opportunity to change it. What you need is a proactive approach – an approach that finds a way to create excellence in employees and help them become a true part of the company. There are several strategies to do this:

  • From Bossing to Coaching – One of the secrets outlined in NLP leadership is the reality that modern day bosses are more coaches than they are workers. Employees have grown far more cynical of the way their employers respond to them. Instead of telling people what to do, your goal is to motivate them to do it themselves, using words and techniques that make them excited to succeed and rewarding them for their achievements.
  • Project vs. Rules – Another strategy is finding ways to improve freedom in the workplace. You can do this by moving from a rules-based business to a freedom/motivation based business. For example, many employers force their employees to work a 9 to 6 shift. But the hours an employee is in the office aren’t nearly as important as what they’re getting accomplished. Allowing them to work on their own time, and judging them for the merits of their work rather than the notions of what rules a good worker should follow.
  • Learn to Praise – Praising is a part of NLP that is often forgotten in the workplace. Managers are taught to focus on constructive criticism, and use praise sparingly. But NLP teaches this idea that learning to change the way the person sees the workplace is a crucial part of ensuring happiness and hard work, and the only way to do that is to make sure that the employer comes to work every day excited for the praise they may receive, not fearing the criticism they expect.

A trained NLP coach can give a much better idea of ways that business leaders can use NLP and related positivity tactics to alter a toxic workplace and turn it into a productive one. But the key thing to remember is that poor management and communication habits contribute to negativity, while positivity can be achieved by learning how to talk to employees and helping them feel like individuals. Consider training in NLP and related communication skills to ensure that your business is one where employees are excited to work, and their productivity follows.

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