Helen Green

Working positively

Do you enjoy what you do? More importantly how do your people perceive the daily round? Are they happy and engaged, approaching their work in a positive frame of mind or is it more of a case of ‘I don’t like Mondays’?

Two recent surveys have revealed that for some at least, work is not as pleasant and fulfilling as it might be. The first from Unum reveals that 38% of workers are very likely to be looking to change jobs in 2019 with a further 24% admitting they often think of quitting their current employer.

Elsewhere, a survey by Reed has thrown up the startling statistic that two thirds of workers suffer from ‘Sunday night fear;’ with worries about unfinished work, nightmare commutes and unbearable colleagues all driving work anxieties. Not only does this result in people approaching their Monday tasks with a measure of dread, with anxieties kicking in as early as Sunday lunchtime, they are unable to spend the whole weekend resting and recuperating from a busy week.

How we approach our work will be heavily influenced by our frame of mind. Colleague and customer interactions, attention to detail, speed of task completion: in fact every aspect of our working day can be negatively influenced by negative perceptions, resulting in a downward spiral of attitude and approach. That’s when true leadership comes to the fore; creating a culture of engagement which helps people to not only work positively but also to derive personal benefit from their time at work.