A Human Resource Guide to Positive Motivation at the Workplace

It could be argued that maintaining a positive attitude in the workplace is just as important as bottom lines. In many cases, a great attitude, productivity, and profits are inexorably linked. Businesses across varying industries need a healthy dose of all of these factors to achieve success. Collaboration, organization, positive reinforcement, and an ability to look toward the future all combine to make the relationships between employers and staff and employees and co-workers as healthy as they can be. Take it from the greatest creative and business minds of the past few centuries: Your attitude in the workplace can dictate your success.

What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind, there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team. -- Benjamin F. Fairless

Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last. -- Hamilton Holt

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. -- Henry Ford

There are two kinds of people: Those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group. There is less competition there. -- Indira Gandhi

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. -- Thomas Edison

Collaborative environments often give birth to great work output. When each member of your team is valued, work responsibilities can be undertaken with more earnestness. Improving upon ideas and current work projects is at the heart of a lively work environment. Oftentimes, maintaining a "can-do" attitude about even the most complex projects can be infectious. Instilling a sense of camaraderie and encouraging your co-workers or staff to help each other can get the job done. When staff perceive that they are part of a collective, they often take responsibility for their own actions and their co-workers' as well.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small, manageable tasks and then starting on the first one. -- Mark Twain

It's better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you'll drift in that direction. -- Warren Buffett

I think a simple rule of business is if you do the things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress. -- Mark Zuckerberg

When a man has put a limit on what he will do, he has put a limit on what he can do. -- Charles M. Schwab

Do what you can, with what you have, right where you are. -- Theodore Roosevelt

One of the keys to a successful workplace environment is organization. When work spaces are orderly, tasks and projects appear less daunting to employees and to supervisors who manage their progress. Prioritizing and delegating tasks can make each member of a team feel that their ideas and work are valued. In addition to getting jobs done faster, this strategy also allows supervisors or employers to recognize the strengths of each team member. Some business owners enjoy increased productivity simply by hiring very talented people and giving them the latitude to exercise their skills with minimal supervision.

We know where most of the creativity, the innovation, the stuff that drives productivity lies -- in the minds of those closest to the work. -- Jack Welch

Many leaders of big organizations, I think, don't believe that change is possible. But if you look at history, things do change, and if your business is static, you're likely to have issues. -- Larry Page

Part of the challenge of being an entrepreneur, if you're going for a really huge opportunity, is trying to find problems that aren't quite on the radar yet and try to solve those. -- Sean Parker

My new motto is: When you're through changing, you're through. -- Martha Stewart

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. -- John D. Rockefeller

Focusing staff on current projects ensures that business commitments are met and that profits remain tangible. Keeping productivity rates high often correlates to increases in profit. These things, however, should not require a sacrifice in quality of work or an ability to adapt. Innovation often keeps businesses relevant and work environments exciting. Encourage creativity in your staff or co-workers to find new ways to problem-solve or even introduce future streams of revenue.

Success is walking from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm. -- Winston Churchill

Criticism of others is futile, and if you indulge in it often, you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career. -- Dale Carnegie

The kind of environment that we developed Google in, the reason that we were able to develop a search engine, is the Web was so open. Once you get too many rules, that will stifle innovation. -- Sergey Brin

Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations. -- Steve Jobs

Business opportunities are like buses; there's always another one coming. -- Richard Branson

Open and honest communication in the workplace is necessary to produce the very best quality of work possible. It also helps in diffusing misunderstandings before they develop into unmanageable situations. While constructive criticism can educate staff on better ways to achieve goals, constant and harsh criticism is detrimental to morale. It can also lead to employee stress, which can affect productivity. It's important to maintain a positive attitude through failed projects and temporarily unprofitable quarters. Doing so makes employees feel appreciated and bolsters excitement for the next. slated project. Remember that hard times present an opportunity for everyone employed by the company to grow as a team. Mastering the art of offering non-confrontational feedback can be one of the best tools in the industry of human capital.