Possessing a positive attitude can help to push us on to achieve great things; being positive allows us to flower on the strengths of our situations, cutting out the negative weeds to reveal the path to go forward. The problem is that sometimes, we are unable to control our feelings; whether through emotions or simply because the environment we're in doesn't lend itself to our needs.

In this blog, we're going to look at how we can produce a positive outlook on our working lives and how office interior design can help.

Office interior design and its effect on employees

The design of an office has a huge bearing on the positivity of an employee; being present there for the majority (if not all) of their working days with the company, they will need to feel a connection with their surroundings.

If they feel comfortable and catered for, then they’ll feel settled. If they feel settled, they’ll be in a position to approach work in a positive manner, pushing them on to feel increasingly confident in their work. Knowing that they’re producing great work and actively contributing to success will strengthen the connection that they have with the company.

If you’re responsible for a business, then this is precisely why it’s vital to get your office interior design right. Nobody wants to work in an office that doesn’t aid them in their work, makes them feel uncomfortable and negative about their experiences. The office should provide them with everything they need, including the ability to feel positive about everything they do.

How to stay positive at work

The key to staying positive is knowing when to harness its power. It would be a fallacy to expect ourselves to be positive every hour of the day; even the sun has to take a rest from shining its light every day. Thinking positively in the face of adversity, when times get tough, offers a more useful approach in shining your positive light, especially in the potentially adverse environment that an office interior design offers.

How to harness that positive light? Here are a few tips:

  • Emotional intelligence can be developed, it isn’t something that you’re stuck with and have to work around. Firstly, recognise that your emotions are the principal factor in driving and motivating you, rather than being walls to scale when you want to achieve something. Being aware of how our emotions affect us in work offers a great base to start from; now it’s time to learn how to manage and regulate them so that they flow positively.
  • Failure is not an indicator that you’re wrong, it provides an opportunity to learn. Positive-minded people will have a belief structure at the heart of their working practices, and just because it may fail on a particular occasion, doesn’t mean it should be ripped up and re-written. It can be easy to get frustrated by failure, but failure can happen through a multitude of factors, not because the philosophy behind the belief you’ve built up, is wrong. Failure provides an opportunity to learn, to tweak, to actually strengthen your belief in what you’re doing. Heed that lesson, see it as a positive.
  • By constantly setting goals, you will constantly help yourself to feel positive in whatever it is you’re doing. Those who are able to think positive whilst under pressure still possess that need to achieve something new; it’s what sustains them. They use their goals to mark their development, to feel motivated and to stay on target. Having something to strive for will add substance and meaning to your working life; when times do get hard, you will have the positivity you’ve built up through the achievement of past goals to push you through.
  • Be thankful of those who help you in your work; giving credit to where its due won’t just help to create respectful relationships between co-workers, it will also help them to feel more positive about their role too. Being positive about your abilities can so often be mistaken as egotistical; thanking those who help you will show that you’re aware of their contributions and that perhaps, your positive attitude to your work is well worth imitating, making for an increasingly optimistic workplace.

Looking to help your employees to feel more positive about their work? Get in touch with our office design experts

With office interior design having such an impact on the mood and feelings of your employees, improving your current office interiors will help them to create their own positive mindset. By taking ownership of how they work, employees will feel able to go about their work in their own unique way, undoubtedly helping them to improve their skills.

Here at Oaktree Interiors, we believe that a workplace shouldn’t be taken by its literal context; the places in which we work should be a community, an inspiring hub of creativity that drives us forward, improving our abilities as well as creating great work. This is why the office designs we create are unique to the clients we work for; fitting to whatever the requirements of their employees and business are.

If you would like to discuss how we can help your business to realise its ideal office interior design, then why not get in touch with a member of our team today to learn more about our FREE consultation service? Give us a call on 0345 21 86955 or alternatively, you can send an e-mail to us at hello@oaktreeoffice.com

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