Four Ways CEOs Can Build A More Positive Workplace

Sometimes, the best way to understand workplace positivity (and help your company grow) is to dive in and see firsthand what works and what doesn’t. In an article for Forbes, Dr. Andy Khawaja writes, “Many people ask me what I really know about employees and the working class in general. How does a CEO in my position relate? I think many CEOs forget about how important their employees are to them; so much so that they forget to be a part of their own workplace.”

Here are four steps he offers to build a more positive and productive workplace:

1. Roll Your Sleeves Up

“Regardless of your title, it’s important to be part of the team. Roll your sleeves up and help get the job done. Experience the trials and tribulations of each department and see how things can be improved for not only your customers, but for your team too.”

“An easy way to do this is by cycling through your departments and working with them for a few days at a time. Be a part of the team as opposed to the boss. Leave your ego at home and see what works and what can be improved. You’ll help your company by being more hands-on with your team and they’ll have a greater level of respect for you as you gain a greater understanding of their positions.”

2. Before You Terminate, Try Training And Assessment

“It’s important to teach your team members and give them chances to succeed. Knowledge is power. If you fire employees and give up on them, they have no chance to succeed and contribute to your company. Find out what their strengths and weaknesses are and see where they can learn and become a positive asset to your company.”

“We’ve had many team members come in to work with a certain department but as time goes by, our team leaders realize they may be better suited for something else — and there’s nothing wrong with that. We want our team to be collectively successful and fulfilled. By allowing them to succeed in a different department, they have a better chance at success and feeling a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.”

3. Teach, Don’t Fail

“A teacher’s job is to teach, not to fail. Your job as an employer is to employ, not to fire. To employ is defined as making use of someone, giving them work and paying them for it. Make use of your employees’ individual skills and pay them accordingly; that is an employer’s duty.”

“My goal is not only to employ but to teach my team. That’s why we strive to give them the tools and knowledge they need to do so. Whether they work with us until they retire or perhaps they chase their own entrepreneurial dreams, we want them to have good work habits and acquired skills that they can use regularly.”

4. Instead Of Pointing Fingers, Seek To Fix Problems

“People tend to point fingers in a corporate landscape. It’s important to stop a culture that passes blame. Create a culture that fixes problems. You can do this by encouraging this mentality in your individual team members. Encourage them to get tasks done independently and not to let themselves get hung up by any shortcomings of their peers. Perhaps a project isn’t being completed due to another department: figure out how to help that department or how to streamline the process versus letting the project sit at a standstill.”

“Remember, there’s real value in leaving doubt in the dirt, rolling your sleeves up and working toward a goal with your team. Morale is very important to building a successful team and a successful company — and it’s something all CEOs, no matter how successful, must hold in high regard.”

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