The “Sweet 16” of Positive Work Environments

If people start worrying when you show up, you’re a downer. If people love to see you leave, you’re a loser. If your team hates receiving calls from you, you’re a lousy leader. People in positive work environments love to see the boss coming. They love seeing you because they’ll go further with you than without you.

16 Ways to build positive work environments:

  1. Develop people.
  2. Know what they do best and leverage it.
  3. Clearly define expectations.
  4. Trust them to act.
  5. Support them when they fail.
  6. Always give credit and take blame. No one likes seeing a blamer.
  7. Believe in them – you’re on their team.
  8. See opportunities more than problems.
  9. Help find solutions.
  10. Keep out of the way.
  11. Encourage, enable, and inspire.
  12. Protect from bureaucracy.
  13. Value them as individuals.
  14. Don’t talk about yourself, too much. Let people know you, however.
  15. Don’t talk on and on ….
  16. Make people feel listened to by asking more than stating.

Bonus: Give others what you wish others would give you.

Just before posting I thought of another one; explain the why of work. I’m sticking with the title “Sweet 16” even though the list grew to 18. The “Sweet 18” just doesn’t seem to work.

How are you building a positive work environment?

Which of these ideas do you find most important?