Do you feel like you get more done when you are in a good mood? It’s probably because you have a more positive attitude, higher energy, and greater optimism when your mood is elevated. In his Positive Organizational Behavior blog, Dr. Bret Simmons recently wrote on the topic of feeling good by doing good. He suggests that engaging in helping behaviors at work creates a more positive mood, and in turn, increases the productivity of employees.
This is based on the idea that doing good for others makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, and who doesn’t like feeling warm and fuzzy? People like to do things that make them feel good, and if you can incorporate this into your company culture, you may end up with happier, more motivated employees. Here are some ideas for encouraging helping behaviors in the workplace:
- Create a mentorship program
- Promote courtesy and gratitude
- Start a charity drive (clothes, food, toys, etc.) competition between departments
- Engage in volunteering
- Collect donations for an employee/family in need
- Encourage employees to help each other with projects
Not only can this positive mood be obtained through employees helping each other, but also through helping customers. I work for a company that is developing a technology with the capability to assist paralyzed individuals with communication. I find myself highly motivated to work for a company with such an altruistic purpose.
Foster an environment in your organization that encourages employees to engage in helpful behaviors. Not only will it boost their mood, it can also increase motivation and productivity as well.
Do you work for a company that emphasizes helping others? Please share your thoughts!
To a happy, healthy, and productive life!