"What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6:8)
As the employer or manager in your workplace, what attitudes do you value in the people you work with? If you have never taken a moment to think about it, take some time to do so now. There may be attitudes you are “subconsciously aware of and appreciate,” but perhaps you have not yet fully articulated. It is essential to clearly define what attitudes you are thankful for and want to promote, as good attitudes are very contagious.
Who comes to your mind when you think of someone with a good attitude? List precisely what characteristics you are seeing that you appreciate.
Are you picturing someone who comes to work with a smile?
Is there someone you can always depend on to do the right thing?
Is there someone who is consistently kind to others?
Are you recalling someone who always shows interest in how you are really doing?
According to CHRON, there are five key attitudes that small businesses should seek out in their employees.
Respect for Others
Infectious Enthusiasm About Life
Commitment to the Job
Innovative Ideas and Finding New Ways
Helpfulness with Others
In the beginning, I asked you to think of someone who comes to mind as having a good attitude. If you asked your staff the same question, would they write your name? I certainly hope so!
However, before jumping into addressing any concerns you may have about your staff’s attitude, it is vital to do a check on yours.
Would your team say:
You demonstrate respect for them in how you treat them, listen to them, and respond to their comments and/or requests? Do they see you dealing with clients and other staff with respect?
You are enthusiastic about life and regularly comment on positive issues? Even if there is a conflict, you remain optimistic that a collaborative solution is coming?
You are fully committed to the workplace and your role as a leader? Do they consistently see you “step up to the plate,” meet deadlines, promote the business, and support others in their work?
You are innovative with a Quality Improvement Approach to your company? This shows that you are continually trying to improve the business and the quality of their workplace.
You are helpful? Would they see you taking a Servant Leadership Approach to considering their needs and demonstrating your willingness to help them succeed?
If these five attributes could be reflected in one sentence, it would be 'a person who enthusiastically works in a committed and consistent manner to do the right thing and continually improve the business in a way which respects others and helps them achieve their goals and the businesses’.
This week, consider the above five characteristics of a great attitude at work. Before thinking of your staff or colleagues, consider areas you can improve. Choose one for yourself to work on this week.
Attitude is contagious. You may see some changes in the attitudes of some of your staff as they see you as an example of someone with a great attitude. You may have the opportunity to share the good news about where this great attitude comes from! Pray a Micah 6:8 prayer every day and ask God to enable you to “do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.”
May God richly bless you with a supernatural great attitude this week!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work