Positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the good side of things and plans towards positive results.
When analyzing things, a positive mindset will consider the weaknesses and threats but only from a perspective that is looking for improvement and solutions.
And will focus on strengths and opportunities as the key path towards success.
A positive thinking mindset is an open mindset. It allows people to engage and react better to change. And it tends to create a more inclusive environment.
Also, a positive mindset will allow a better assessment of situations, a more inclusive sight of strategies for the future and better outcomes improving productivity.
A positive thinking mindset is always looking at the bright side of things. So, when having a diverse workforce, it will look at what each individual has to offer and the richness of different cultures and upbringings for a more diverse thought process and ideas.
How positive thinking mindset improves productivity
A positive mindset allows workers to embrace uncertainty and consider the different ideas of their diverse team to create a strategy based on a much more complete and creative mentality.
A positive attitude looks at opportunities and sees difficulties as challenges to be sorted or solved to move forward. Instead of stopping and getting frustrated, a positive mind will figure out how to continue producing and find solutions.
Actually, a study from Jessica Pryce-Jones, the author of “Happiness at Work”, conducted a research with over 3,000 contestants in 79 countries and found that participants who claimed to be happy were 180% more energized at work, 108% more engaged, 50% more motivated and 50% more productive.
As a result of this study, we can see that positive individuals tend to have a different mindset, be more motivated, concentrate better and this influences productivity.
A positive mindset in managers
A person with a positive mindset will have an open mentality that will allow them to see opportunities better.
Being able to see those opportunities, helps the individual and team to then create strategies to maximize them.
Therefore, a positive and strategic mindset will allow the company to gear towards success.
Those capable of seeing opportunities to listen to their peers, clients, past leads, bosses and also to those who report to them.
They look at their competitors, industry and trends as something to learn from and follow successful people.
These are individuals that look at failure as a learning experience and don’t dwell on the past.
In any company, everything funnels from the top. Employees mimic and follow the attitude and feeling that the managers transmit.
If there is pressure coming from the top, it will show on the performance of the employees.
If managers have a positive attitude, that will reflect on how their employees feel and work.
Employees like to follow someone who has a positive attitude which makes positive attitude key to successful leadership.
Some of the qualities you will see on someone who has a positive mindset at work are the capacity to listen to others, openness to different perspectives, humility, curiosity, and being ok with moving out of their comfort zone.
Why is a positive workforce more inclusive and acceptance of diversity?
A strategic and positive thinking minded person will also be aware of the pieces in the process that they’re good at and bring other minds to fill in those pieces where he needs support and other views.
A positive workforce fosters collaboration and communication between people of different backgrounds and ideals. It creates a place of work where employees feel valued and are able to value others.
It is a supportive environment where people feel safe to express and communicate regardless of their gender, sexual orientation or color.
It also improves equal opportunities.
A positive mindset creates an inclusive workforce and an inclusive workforce promotes positivity at work as well by valuing what makes us different and welcoming those differences.
How to identify how positive your team is
Great People Inside has over 129 dimensions that the organizations can use to create and customize different assessments with the objective to focus on measuring and predicting behavioral categories in the workplace.
A positive thinking mindset is one of 12 dimensions that were chosen as dimensions that closely matched Diversity and Inclusion culture by combating unconscious bias in the workplace and focusing on positive thinking to create a diverse and collaborative workforce.
Our assessments are a scientific way to understand the qualities of your workforce and give you the opportunity to easily and successfully identify the characteristics and values within those dimensions that affect your workforce.