Assessing your immediate atmosphere
Your environment’s culture is not just the way things get done, it’s the way you and those around you think. Culture can form perceptions and act as a filter to the way you are viewing the world around you. It’s easy to think that you are somehow isolated to those around you, but how often has your mood changed because someone spilled their coffee on you? Or when someone complains about some injustice in the workplace, you feel that same sense of discomfort with your environment? It’s easy to conceive how people can negatively affect you, especially if you score high in trait neuroticism. The opposite is also handy to know, if someone can help you get into a good mood, then you yourself might have some hope of influencing those around you more positively.
Excellent culture should allow people the freedom to express themselves while;
- providing the filter that inhibits the ‘spilling over’ of negativity
- acting as a conductor to maximise the potential of positivity
This might seem simple enough, but how does one go about creating such an environment? There is no recipe for success unfortunately as the dynamics of all cultures differ and are inherently subjective. The first step at least could be to test the conductivity of your culture for yourself. The last time you got to work in an excellent mood, how long did it last, and how many of your colleagues were actually positively affected?