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The Pulse for Spring 2017

May 2017 | Fairfax, Virginia

Make Lemonade

By Lauren MacPherson

One of Metronome’s rays of sunshine, Lauren MacPherson, shares some of her Tips and Tricks for Staying Positive at Work.

Trust me, I get it: your job is tough, your coworkers can be draining, and it’s not always easy to be the shining beacon of positivity in the office. But what if turning that frown upside down could not only improve your day-to-day, but make you more successful in the long-term? Well, CNN has reported just that! Citing a recent study titled ‘Does Happiness Promote Career Success’ out of the University of California, Riverside, “professors concluded that ‘happy people’ are more satisfied with their jobs and report having greater autonomy in their duties.”1 So, what can you do to turn those lemons into lemonade? Check out a few of our tips and tricks for staying positive in the workplace!

1. Build Relationships
Sure, you may have a nagging manager or a difficult teammate, but don’t let that stop you from getting to know the people you work with – after all, you’re with them for 40+ hours a week. Take the time to socialize a little and build rapport with people that work in your building – especially the positive ones! A great way to break the ice is by offering to teach someone a new skill, or by taking the time to learn something that is out of your comfort zone.

2. Take a break and get moving!
It’s easy to get swept up in the whirlwind of your day-to-day responsibilities, but don’t forget to stop and smell the roses! Sometimes you might only have time for a five-minute day-dreaming session (or if you work at Metronome HQ, a quick ping-pong match). Make sure you give yourself the occasional mental break so that you can refocus. As the weather warms up, take the opportunity to go for a short walk outside – Vitamin D can work wonders to brighten up your day!

3. Find your inner HGTV guru
Don’t underestimate the power of your surroundings’ ability to influence your mood! Take some time to decorate your work space with things that motivate you or make you happy. For some this might mean a strategically placed motivational quote, for others a framed family photo. Whatever it is, keep in mind that a clean and organized desk or office can positively impact both your productivity and positivity!

4. Follow the “Golden Rule”
Remember what you learned when you were young. Treat others the way you want to be treated! Try to do a good deed or a random act of kindness every day. This could be as simple as saying hello to a stranger in the hallway, or pausing to hold the door for the person behind you – a little can go a long way! If you’re interested in making a bigger impact, offer to help a coworker with a task or research philanthropy opportunities within your workplace.

5. Attitude is everything… SMILE!
Your energy is contagious – what kind of vibes are you spreading? The power of positive thought is, well, powerful! When in doubt, try to see the glass half full. Don’t sweat the small stuff and be sure to reward yourself for a job well done. If that’s still not turning things around, SMILE! Sometimes, you have to fake it until you make it. And you might find that after a while those pearly whites are showing all on their own! So, what are YOU doing to be the spark of positivity in your workplace?

1 http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/11/business/the-science-behind-positive-thinking/

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