It is well known that attitude is contagious and impacts the environment around us, yet the environment we work in is directly related to our productivity. Not only that, but work environment has been shown to be almost as important to employees as pay.
An environment full of praise and encouragement will clearly motivate employees more than environment of oppression and criticism. The ideal workplace is a place where employees are:
Conversely, when employees work in an environment that is demotivating, they are not likely to do their best. They are likely to want to leave that environment physically, and will certainly leave it mentally.
An environment that is less than ideal is a place where employees:
When these personality traits are allowed to get out of hand, they create negative environments. The environment affected by a negative personality can affect the morale and productivity of the other workers.
An oppressive environment results when a person uses his or her authority, whether granted or perceived, to restrict the freedom of other workers. Oppressive environments can include the following:
Negative environments are evident immediately and are created by unhappy people who:
Negative environment can also marked by:
People in a negative environment are often victims of their own choosing. As difficult as it may be to maintain a positive attitude, negative people make a choice to be negative and to allow other negative people to influence them.
The untrusting environment is an environment in which there is compromised trust between peers or between staff and supervisors.
Managers may not trust a staff member if that person is undependable or erratic, but many untrusting environments result from authoritarian supervisors who:
A lack of trust can take place in peer relationships as well. Co-workers who contribute to an untrusting environment may:
Competition can motivate individuals in certain environments, but, in some highly competitive environments, the playing field isn't clearly communicated or kept fair.
When an environment becomes overly competitive, individuals may feel desperate to succeed, pushing them to undermine others or manipulates situations, causing productivity to decrease along with morale.
Unproductive environments result when the authority structure is confused. When management does not take a leadership role, the direction their team should take becomes vague.
In an unproductive environment: