In the knowledge-based economy it is the first time in human history that a ‘hard day’s work’ is not ‘hard’ in the physical sense, but instead it is the employee’s brain that’s being worked — it is their ‘mind,’ that is employed. That being said, for today’s organizations to succeed and thrive will depend on the ability of the collective working brain-power of their workforce to create and produce.
Furthermore, research has proven that the ‘brain-power’ needed to create and produce and to work collectively through collaboration will only occur when we are in a state of positive emotional electro-magnetic neuro-chemical energy. In other words, the emotional state needed for productivity, efficiency, and wellness, is the same emotional state that we are in when we are content, energized and happy. The research shows in fact, that the greatest risk to productivity, to work relationships, and to overall wellness in today’s complex and ever-changing organizations is negative energy.
Research has also proven that a person’s emotional state – their emotional energy – is driven by their thoughts and feelings, and the most explicit evidence of a person’s thoughts and feelings is their behaviour.
That being said, following are some of the most obvious behaviours indicating a person’s negativity:
• Constant complaining and/or whining about work, coworkers, or just life in general
• Cynicism about the organizational leadership
• Anger, frustration and easily overwhelmed
• Behavior and mannerisms that are mocking toward others.
• Critical and/or dismissive toward others.
• A tendency to exaggerate issues and/or make insensitive comments
• Consciously ignoring the positive and/or pessimistic
• A tendency to dwell on slights of the past.
• A lack of focus, motivation and/or action
• An inability to accept change – mandated or otherwise
Unfortunately as humans we have a natural tendency toward negative thoughts and feelings. In fact, for some people it’s the only way of thinking that they know and they thrive on the drama and chaos of negativity. For many of us in fact, living in the present with a positive outlook on life and everything we do, is a learned skill. ‘Positive Presence’ is the skill of adjusting and creating a positive and energized mindset through conscious thought processes resulting in the positive emotional energy needed for both professional and personal success.