There are many things that can be contracted health-wise, e.g: swine flu, cough, infections, chicken pox, small pox and all. It as well turns out you are just as likely to catch someone’s bad mood and negative attitude; the work place as our focus.
The latest research demonstrates what we’ve all known to be true, and that is: emotions are contagious. Researchers call them emotional contagions, and they impact our working atmosphere, productivity, teamwork, system, service and performance in significant and profound ways.
As we know too well, one negative employee can pollute an entire team and create a toxic and obnoxious work environment. One negative leader can make work miserable for his/her team members. An employee in a bad mood can scare away countless number of clients and co-workers. Bitter complaints can act like cancer and spread throughout the entire organisation and eventually could destroy your vision and goals. Pervasive and repulsive negative attitudes can sabotage the morale and performance of teams with great talents and potentials.
That’s the bad news but there’s also the good news.
Positive emotions are just as contagious as negative emotions. One positive leader can trigger a group of willing people to accomplish amazing things. One Chief Energy Officer who sits at the welcome desk can positively infect every person who walks in your business/school/workplace. One positive team member can slowly but surely improve the mood and morale of his/her team. While positive attitudes and emotions at work can fuel the morale and performance of your organisation.
Emotional contagions are the reasons why when we talk about businesses, schools and sports teams, we can say that everyone in the organisation contributes to the culture of their organisation. You are not just a creation of your culture but rather you are creating it every day through your thoughts, beliefs and actions. What you think matters. How you feel matters. And the energy you share with others, whether it is positive or negative, really matters too.
Think about it this way, salt adds flavor. A positive attitude is much the same.
You can be a germ and attack your organisation’s immune system or you can act like a dose of Vitamin C to strengthen it.
So the next time you head to work with a bad mood you might want to stop before you walk into that door and consider what your boss would say if you had the Swine Flu? He/she would likely tell you to stay home until you are healthy so you don’t spread the Flu. And in that moment, as you stand at the door you have a choice: You can go home so you don’t infect anyone with your bad mood, or you can choose to get healthy right there, switch, change your attitude, and decide to be positively contagious.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” – Matthew 5:13