Nurse Retention: Positive Workplace Attitudes Help Employees Reach Goals

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, July 18th, 2013

One key to workplace success is a positive attitude. When there is a culture of positivity nurse retention and nurse recruitment flourish.

In a recent study, researchers found that positive attitudes helped employees reach workplace goals with peers and especially with superiors.

Elena Wong, PhD, from the Institute of Work and Organizational Psychology at the Université de Neuchâtel in Switzerland, led a research project that studied how expressing positivity in the workplace could help workers reach certain goals.

The emotions a person expresses can be contagious to the other workers. Positive mood can prompt others to be helpful and supportive resulting in high-quality teamwork.

Researchers watched 113 employees between the ages of 18 and 66 in different types of work environments. Each participant was asked to keep a seven-day work diary and to record every social interaction at work that lasted for 10 minutes or longer. For each interaction, they were to record positive and/or negative emotions, such as interest, joy, pride, anger, disappointment and shame. The intensity of each emotion was also to be recorded on a scale from one to five, answering the following question after each interaction: “Have you attained your objective(s) in this interaction?”

The researchers studied a total of 494 workplace interactions. The results showed that expressing positive emotions helped employees to reach goals when interacting with a colleague, when compared to expressing a negative emotion.
The difference between interactions when a superior was present or absent was noted as well. When a superior was present, showing positive emotions doubled the chances of an employee reaching a goal, compared to when only peers were present.

This study was published in May in Frontiers in Emotional Science. While the information isn’t new to most of us, it does make my mental balance tool of positive thinking evidence based!

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