According to an APA PsycNet article, positive emotions contribute to the increase in a person’s transitory thought-action reserve, which conversely boost a person’s social, intellectual and physical capital. Managers exploring ways to upgrade the productivity of their employees should examine the attitude and temperament of their employees.
A negative or positive attitude influences an employee’s performance on the job, and can even have a contagion effect on other employees. Generally, thinking positively will have a beneficial consequence on productivity, whilst the opposite is also true. (Guest Post)
Positive attitude and productivity
An article suggests that the main reason why positive attitude is associated with productive performance is because an employee with a positive attitude is more motivated to do well on the job. Overall any other determinants, an employee’s attitude on a prevailing circumstance affects his/her ability to function. It is as weighty as hard work in determining productivity.
A positive attitude produces positive emotions, which invariably engender positive action. A common factor of failure in achieving personal and professional goals is a negative attitude since it generates negative emotions and counterproductive results in life.
A person becomes unproductive when he/she perpetuates the belief that they are weak, powerless and inadequate, their negative assessment of themselves. Research indicates that when people work with a positive attitude, achievements in virtually all levels- relationship, creativity and productivity – are enhanced.
Positive attitude and success
A paper based on a study conducted by the Social Science Research Network indicated that the “happiness-success” relationship prevails not only because “success makes people happy,”but also because a positive attitude brings about success. The study also revealed that happiness is linked with and heralds various successful consequences, including behaviors aligned with success. In addition, there are also indications that positive thinking, the telltale sign of happiness, could be the spring of other enviable traits, assets and success equated with happiness.
However, happiness is possibly the most misconceived driver of success. For instance, majority of people think that success is the harbinger of happiness. We hear comments such as “if I accomplish my task, I’ll be happy”or “once I’m promoted, I’ll be ecstatic.” But since success is a movable goal, once the goal is achieved, another higher goal is set, making happiness coming from success transitory and ephemeral. On the other hand, a positive attitude brings positive changes in life and makes a person brighter, happier and more successful.
What does negative attitude do?
A study published by the PMC indicated that negative emotions limit the mind and fixate the thinking because the brain is programmed to shut down the outside world and restrict the choices of a person. When people are stressed out about something, they usually find it difficult to perform because they’re paralyzed by their anxiety. In such a case the brain shuts off the outside world and is focused on the negative emotion such as stress, anger and fear. Negative emotions restrict the brain from discovering alternative solutions to the work at hand or to the circumstances presenting.
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