The Power of Positive Thinking to Increase Workplace Productivity

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The power of the mind and positive thinking seems to be garnering a lot of traction in recent years, with a plethora of self-help books and motivational speakers trying to uplift minds and change how you perceive your reality.

Altering your chain of thoughts and set behavior patterns is something that happens internally, but affects all spheres of your life. When you trigger a shift in the pattern of your subconscious, it creates a conscious shift in your reality. Theories like the Placebo Effect, Biocentrism, Gaia Hypotheses, Multiverse Theory, Noetic Science, The Field of Alternate Medicines, and many more, support this.

Supporting the power of positivity and conscious thought with science

Our mind is made up of nerve cells interacting with one another and generating an overall electric field. The light that comes from stars and the energy of our minds are similar. The one difference between us and the photon is that we can think and have a consciousness. Since we have a consciousness, we can choose which part of the randomness around us to be affected by, and how in turn we would like to affect it. It is through the property of entanglement that we can affect change in our environment. The universal law of cause and effect states precisely that. So, choose your thoughts mindfully because they will dictate your actions.

How the power of positive thinking affects productivity in the workplace

According to a study by Stanford, a positive attitude makes your brain function better, literally. A positive attitude contributed as much as IQ to help solve mathematical queries. So, what does a positive attitude achieve if incorporated as a part of your employee wellness strategy? Below are some ways positivity benefits the workplace.

  • It creates a coherent working environment: A room full of content minds serves as a perfect workplace culture for everyone to flourish.
  • Helps you to achieve your goals: A positive attitude makes your brain work better, consequently aiding you in achieving your goals.
  • Creates a healthier body and mind: Your mind plays a significant role in coping with diseases, as demonstrated by the placebo effect. A sound mind leads to a healthy body.
  • Lowers absenteeism and attrition rate: A positive work culture helps employees stay connected to the workplace, helping to reduce employee turnover rate.
  • Enhances the company’s goodwill: Positive employees translate into happy customers, thus improving the standing of the company in the market.
  • Enhances resilience: Positivity helps you become more responsible, i.e., your ability to respond to the circumstances. You become more adaptable and mature to handle situations.
  • Boosts confidence: When you are positive, you see the positives in yourself and everyone around you. It boosts your self-morale and creates a coherent environment for everyone around you.
  • Improves decision-making abilities: Positivity boosts confidence, enhancing your decision-making. When your mind is positive, you are likely to be more sure of yourself.
  • Augments interpersonal relationships: A positive mindset helps you see the good in yourself and other people, improving your relationships and thus leading to a strong team culture. And as everyone knows, positive work culture and a satisfied workforce work are a secret recipe for successful business growth.
  • Enhances leadership skills: A positive person makes for a better leader with stronger leadership skills. Positivity helps you see the good in everything, boosting self-confidence, and consequently aiding in developing better leadership skills.
  • A positive mindset boosts your skills, improves your health, and make you more efficient as a person. A lot of elite companies now follow an approach of hiring the best people selectively. Investing in positivity reaps multifold rewards as it builds a team of highly-skilled and motivated people working for you.

“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.” –Winston Churchill

Ways to incorporate positivity in your life

So, how do you create this process of consciously thinking positive in your life? It’s a decision that you make, just like the other decisions of your life, that you abide by.

  1. Affirmations: Try repeating positive affirmations of what you want to attract in your life. It can be anything such as, “I am happy, I am content, my life is beautiful,” etc., which might work for you. Chant for 21 days and see the difference.
  2. Meditation: Practicing meditation has tremendous benefits. It calms down a ruffled mind and helps you think better with greater focus and clarity. Try mindfulness and meditation for a few days to see the change in your perception and attitude.
  3. Practice positivity: Keep some stones and beads around to count the number of times a negative thought crosses your mind. You will be surprised by the results. When you start being conscious of your mind, it becomes easier to incorporate positive thinking.
  4. Gratitude: The practice of gratitude holds immense power in changing your perception of life and reality. Create a shared document at your workplace and make your employees share one thing they are grateful for each day. Gratitude helps you realize the good in life, instilling the soul with heartfelt positivity.

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Santosh Jhamtani writes on employee health & well-being tips. He currently heads digital strategy for Truworth Wellness, a corporate wellness company in India and has over 10 years of experience in providing employee wellness services to the organizations.

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