Treating co-workers with respect, showing up to the office on time, and demonstrating a great work ethic are all ways we can make a difference in the workplace. Whether we realise it or not, we constantly make an impact at our jobs. However, is it a positive one?
Being a positive presence at work can improve employee morale among your co-workers and leave a lasting impression. Whether your actions are large or small, you can make a significant difference.
Numerous studies have indicated that a positive work culture effectively improves employee engagement and mental health, minimises turnover, boosts loyalty, and enhances job performance.
In the long run, making a positive impact at work can also translate to better career opportunities. Your superiors may notice your helpful and optimistic approach to colleagues and work, improving your chances of getting a raise or promotion.
You can take specific actions if you want to thrive in the workplace. Here are our suggestions for ways you can start making an impact right now:
Get to know your co-workers – Foster camaraderie and team spirit
Try to understand your colleagues better to foster camaraderie and team spirit. Spending time together creates a bond and a sense of trust. When you get to know each other personally, mutual respect grows. In addition, knowing someone’s triggers and strengths can also improve communication and help develop a successful and motivated team.
Greet everyone you see – Being polite to others does not hurt
Not a morning person? Why should I, you ask? Our favourite straightforward reason is that it is just a courtesy. Experts say that saying “Good morning” or wishing someone a great day as you exit the lift dramatically improves communication and the overall atmosphere. And being polite to support staff does not hurt either.
Treat others with respect – Be constructive and respectful to everyone
Treating people with respect is an integral part of any well-functioning workplace. When it is mutual and part of the company culture, it encourages transparency, responsibility, motivation, and happiness. Whether you are a manager or professional who values respect, learning about why it matters and how to promote it is beneficial.
Be proactive at work – Offer to lead a project or task if any opportunity arises
Being proactive is a desirable trait. Bosses, colleagues, and customers like and appreciate initiativeness. Notwithstanding your chances of professional advancement, adopting a hands-on attitude can also improve your levels of satisfaction and competency. What is not to like when proactive employees are more relaxed, stress-free, and generally more on top of their work?
Have a positive attitude – It can uplift you and your team members
Attitude really is everything. You can learn a positive mindset if you find it particularly challenging; it can transform your workdays from tedious tasks to more enjoyable ones and carry you through tricky times at the office. Develop a progressive mentality by avoiding negative self-talk, celebrating work achievements, being trainable, and letting go of what you cannot control.
Participate in volunteering initiatives – Engagements with colleagues work wonders!
Many studies show that company volunteer programmes enhance efficiency, improve worker engagement, and improve hiring and retention.
At RYTHM Foundation, the social impact initiative of the QI Group, we can attest to how our employees recognise the importance of making a difference. All staff are encouraged to dedicate at least 16 hours a year to causes the Foundation has adopted (as illustrated in the pictures above).
Many, however, devote more time because they have discovered that it can be just as rewarding for them as for those they are helping. Since 2013, our employees have dedicated over 100,000 hours to volunteerism across more than 20 countries.
Facilitate better communication – Be open to others’ thoughts and ideas
Show others that they can go to you for support and advice by being available. If you have a question or concern, mention it to the right people. This shows that you are transparent and open to discussing crucial matters, which can help you find resolutions to challenges.
As we spend a big part of our day at work with colleagues, the workplace needs to be a space of positivity and inspiration. Whether your actions are large or small, you can make a significant difference, so Be the Impact today!
Here are a few other ways to increase your positive impact:
Save the Date – RYTHM Connect is Back!
What can you do to Be the Impact in small ways?
In our next episode of RYTHM Connect on February 15, 2023, RYTHM Chairperson Datin Sri Umayal Eswaran will host a Facebook LIVE discussion with two of our leaders living the #BeTheImpact philosophy.
Find out how AVP Shipra Neeraj of V Partner and Gavin Soon, Head of Platform IT, QI Group, are making a social impact in their lives and communities – and how YOU can be inspired to inculcate an ethos of service in your life. For more information and to join the event, click here.