Research continue to show that positivity factors also help accelerate performance. Positivity factors in the team include factors such as having trust, feeling connected, having camaraderie. I think we can all think of a time when our work environment was less than happy. Consider what happens to your productivity and mindset if you work in a toxic environment. We could do a whole monthly series on toxic workplaces -here are some interesting articles you might want to check out - 7 Signs Your Workplace is Toxic; Kusy and Halloway's seminal book on Toxic Workplaces)
Researchers at the University of Warwick found that we work harder when we are happy. They found that happiness made people 12$% more productive - click http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/new_study_shows/ for link to their research.
Emotional Contagion is the term used to describe the ripple effect emotions can have, and in fact numerous studies have seen how a leader’s mood has the same ripple effect on his or her team. When we are upbeat, our teams are more apt to be upbeat. When we bring our problems into the workplace and our mood sours, those that work around us also tend to sour. Here's a link to a past article on this topic in Psychology Today which looks at how fast emotional contagion actually happens.
What do you notice about happiness, toxicity and productivity in your team right now? What activities are supporting productivity? how sustainable is this over time?
Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, PCC
Author of From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013) and Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010)
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