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  • Writer's pictureDr. Neal Nybo

Proof Positive that Positivity Works in the Workplace

I am happy to share the Proof Positive podcast with you dedicated to sharing examples of good news still happening in the world. I was a recent guest on the show and spoke to the host, Stephen Plut.

We talked about the impact of negativity in the workplace.

The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that negativity costs businesses $3 billion a year due to its harmful effects. According to the Applied Psychology department at USC, “Keeping up morale within an organization is critical for maintaining productivity and employee satisfaction.”

But, there is also great news when it comes to positivity in the workplace.

Forbes tells us “A positive workplace culture improves teamwork, raises the morale, increases productivity and efficiency, and enhances retention of the workforce. Job satisfaction, collaboration, and work performance are all enhanced. And, most importantly, a positive workplace environment reduces stress in employees.”

The Harvard Business Review says, “a large and growing body of research on positive organizational psychology demonstrates that not only is a cut-throat environment harmful to productivity over time, but that a positive environment will lead to dramatic benefits for employers, employees, and the bottom line.

I’ve been studying how to apply micro-actions of kindness to negative workplace situations. My writing partner, Nicole Phillips, and I have identified 30 micro-actions, actions so small any of us can do them, that raise positivity. It’s like a candle that instantly eliminates darkness in a dark room when it is lit. Positivity pushes out negativity. It may not happen all at once. And some situations require more work.

The great news is there are small, micro-actions of kindness we can do to bring about workplace positivity. Stephen and I talked about them and had such a great time talking that the interview stretched over two podcasts. You can listen to the Proof Positive Podcast directly or on your favorite podcast app.

Now it’s your turn.

In the comments, tell me your #1 takeaway from this post or the podcast and how you plan to use it in your workplace?

Want more? Click here for a free excerpt from Workplace Positivity with three micro-actions.

Workplace Positivity will be published in early March 2021.

For a free excerpt or to learn more about the work I am doing, go to

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