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Have a Positive Work Attitude

By: Emma Jones - Updated: 29 Nov 2010 | comments*Discuss
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On a Monday morning, when you are struggling to get out of bed, having a positive work attitude can be a difficult thing to do. However, the more positive you can be about your job and the work you do, the more you will enjoy it and the further you will progress. By showing a professional and positive attitude your colleagues and managers will have a better view of you and you will feel happier at work.

Say It With A Smile

A simple smile can say so much. The majority of our communication is not through what we say, but through our body language and facial expressions. Smiling not only makes you look happy to be there but also makes you seem friendly and approachable. This helps others warm to you and be more likely to want to help you. It can also affect the way you feel. By putting your shoulders back, smiling and trying to look positive you will eventually feel better too.

Be Keen

To prove that you have a positive work attitude you need show that you are keen to be there and eager to learn. You can show these attributes by going above and beyond your job description. Always arrive on time, stay later and ask if there is any extra work that you can do. Ask questions, show that you want to learn more about your role and the company and use your own time and resources to invest in yourself.

Reward Yourself

Sometime it can be difficult to stay positive if the work is boring, you are having a bad day or progress seems slow. One way to try and stay upbeat is to give yourself rewards to help stay motivated. Tell yourself that when you finish the next page you can have a cup of tea and a biscuit or once a project is over you will treat yourself to a great meal or outfit that you want.

Look To The Future

When you are just starting out on the career ladder you will probably be stuck with some uninspiring work. However, try to look beyond your immediate role and how it will help your progress in the future. By showing that you are professional and positive doing the basics, you will give your boss faith in you and hopefully build your levels of responsibility. Try and learn as much as you can from your colleagues and start figuring out where you would like your career to take you.

In your working life you will spend so many hours doing your job that it is important to have a positive attitude about it. Not only will it make you days go quicker but it will help others see you as professional and approachable. Try to look for the good in what you are doing and give yourself rewards when you complete tasks. Show that you are eager to be there and willing to work hard to invest in your career ahead of you.

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