How do you define positivity? Charles R. Swindoll defines it with one simple sentence, “Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it.” This quote is a personal favourite. I believe positivity and happiness are a choice that we actively make every single day. If we make the choice not to be positive, it can have a compound effect on how the rest of our day will be.

How does this choice to be positive affect the workplace? Well, I am a strong believer in something I like to call ‘the law of association’. I personally define this as “you are the average of the five people you spend most time with”, and you spend most of your life with your work colleagues during the day. So, for example, if you are spending your time surrounded by positive colleagues, the likelihood is that you will become a positive person, and vice versa.

An interesting fact I stumbled upon a few months ago is that millennials, on average, stay at one workplace for two years. This is a staggering difference to the people living in the 1960’s – 1980’s, who averaged two job changes by the age of 32. So, in this generation, it is essential that your colleagues are happy where they are working, and this all stems from creating a positive work environment for them.

So, how does being positive affect your and your colleagues’ work ethic and productivity levels? It’s simple. Being in a positive environment is better for your health, which in turn, decreases stress levels and leads to an increase in productivity. Additionally, in reference back to the law of association, if one or two people in an office feel like this, it then feeds on to others and becomes a compound effect around the workplace, thus creating a more productive and motivated workforce.

There was a 700-person experiment a few years ago, conducted mainly by the ‘Social Market Foundation’ to prove that happier employees are more productive in a workplace. I won’t go into details as to how they conducted it as I’ll need another three pages to explain it, however, the experiment showed that productivity increased by an average of 12%, and reached as high as 20% when an employee was feeling positive. These figures are huge if you take every employee in your workplace into consideration, and how much of an effect that could have on end year results.

So, is your glass half full or half empty? This is the type of question which only we ourselves have the answer to. Out of all the places I have worked at, Corporate Innovations is the most positive and productive company I have been a part of. Ranging from the people who work here, to the quotes on the wall and the office dogs, it all sparks positivity in my eyes. If you are looking for a productive, determined, positive company to work with, then get in contact with us and let’s work together.