A lot of men say that the difference between an optimist and a pessimist is that the pessimist, sees women as naughty and bad. An optimist HOPES women are naughty and bad!
Seriously though, you know the big difference between these two points of view: Optimism being one that can have a great impact not only on your career or profession but also on your health and life, in general.
What Research Studies Say
In fact, research studies have shown that optimism helps to keep depression away, improve your social ties, boost job performance and raise the chances of success in any undertaking. And when you come face to face with setbacks, optimism can make you more resilient. Pessimism, on the other hand undermines work, friendships and health. It increases your stress when you dwell on the negative too much. It actually is the recipe for depression and failure.
Given these, wouldn’t you rather work with the optimist who can lighten up the day and who you can count on for support? Of course you would!, unless you’re “The Voice of Doom” who loves to hang around people who do nothing but complain, point blame at co-workers and see the whole world as nearing its end.
High Performance Emanates from Optimistic Employees
If you look closely at your people in the workplace, you may notice (as studies in actual work setting reflect) that your high performing teams tend to have a 6-to-1 ratio of positive to negative viewpoints. The low performing groups have an under 1-to-1 ratio. This gap generally makes a tremendous difference in your business, organizational set-up and the people who comprise them. Your best performers typically produce the top scores on profits, customer service ratings and other value measurements.
Have no doubt about it. Positive emotions play a key role in a company’s daily operations. It broadens. Negative emotions hold you back.
What You Can Do
So, on your one-on-ones with the negative guys help them out.
- Persuade them to distract themselves. Help them find healthy distractions like music, exercises, meditation, etc. Short of getting them to take up bullfighting lessons, get them to learn new things.These will help put their focus somewhere else.
- Get them to reappraise problems and see them in a different perspective. Is it half-full or half-empty? Is it really that complex or do they just see it as such?
- Teach them to regard a thought as simply that: a thought. No need for them to make any judgments. The only real thing is experience.
With the foregoing, you should be able to lend a hand in raising the optimism levels in your company and shoo away all forms of negativism. This is key to productivity that leads to business success.