We've all had one of those jobs. Good pay, good job, bad environment. A positive working environment makes a huge difference in a workplace.
But what does that even mean? People tend to focus on the word positive and assume that it’s about being as positive as possible 24/7. But of course, that’s completely unrealistic. Instead, the focus needs to be on the word team.
Focus On Team
In every job there are ups and downs. There are challenges that wear you down and moments that lift you up. The most important thing is for you and your staff to be in this together. Creating that sense of camaraderie among your colleagues will make it easier when challenges come their way. A good team means that both management and staff are willing to help each other out and work towards their common goal: to care for the residents of their facilities.
Recognize the challenges that each of your team members face and address them together. It’s also important to realize that each member of your team not only has different problems in their job but may approach both the problems and the solutions in completely different ways. This doesn't mean that you need to overly accommodate every single staff member, but rather be aware of their individuality. For example, some staff will feel uncomfortable participating in team meetings whereas for others it will not be a concern.
Sometimes we get caught up in our work so much that we forget that we've accomplished things. Things become rudimentary and day-to-day and we stop recognizing their value. When this happens, it’s easy to become blind to the positive changes that have occurred in the workplace. So celebrate the big things AND the small ones. Feeling successful will help your team bond and make people want to come to work even on one of their worst days.
Don’t Put Your Failures in a Box
Failure is a tough word for people. It makes them feel uncomfortable and guilty. But failures amongst your team shouldn't be shuffled away and hidden but explored as a group. What worked? What didn't? Was there an idea that fell down during the implementation stages? Was there a staffing problem that left the team feeling a bit shook up? These are all opportunities not only for betterment but to hear from your staff both the good and the bad. Allowing them to participate in the discussion of failures and growth within your facility makes them feel more connected to their work and to the team.
So throw out that positive word and create a successful team environment instead.