People who choose a career in caring do so because they are passionate about helping others maintain their health and happiness. Maintaining positivity in the healthcare environment should be top of the agenda for managers of care workers. A positive approach has huge advantages for physical, mental and emotional health of staff and patients alike.
There are many benefits of maintaining positivity in the workplace, but this blog will focus on five which we think are most impactful.
Care workers who feel and act positively in the workplace will be more productive and driven to give the best care possible. Their patients will be more likely to have better physical and emotional health outcomes.
Maintaining positivity around colleagues and patients is uplifting and will inspire other staff to be more positive. This is infectious and can spread to more staff and patients making everyone feel better.
When you behave in a positive way, you are less likely to suffer from mental health issues. Poor mental health can be a driver for poor physical health so maintaining a positive mindset can help reduce the incidence of sickness absence.
How people feel about themselves is an important factor in their ability to do their job well. When caregivers do their job well and their patients have better health and happiness as a result, this gives the carer a huge boost and improves their self-esteem.
Adopting a positive attitude in care settings is beneficial because you are less likely to be distracted and make errors. Being positive makes care outcomes much more consistent.
Create camaraderie between staff member by offering ways to socialise during and after work hours. For example, running activities during the day which benefit patients and staff alike to ease stress and tension, such as offering short Indian Head Massage or Chair Aerobics can give staff a much-needed boost during the working day. Holding a quiz night or getting groups out for a drink or meal occasionally can help staff to feel less stressed.
Ask patients families and friends as well as local businesses to donate small care items for the staff. This could be in the form of edibles, toiletries or even just a thank you card or video message can go a long way to brightening someone’s day.
It’s well studied that being in nature can enhance your mood and help you feel more positive, so if you have an outdoor area, ensure it is kept well maintained and provide seating to allow staff members to take a break outside. If this is not possible, bring the outdoors inside if you have space to create a planted area with a sofa for a relaxing break.
Caring roles can be challenging physical as well as mentally, so to maintain positivity in the workplace, staff should be able to take their regular breaks.
Sometimes staff in care settings might need some additional support to assist them in maintaining positivity. An off-site training session is an opportunity to spend focused time learning techniques and tools for maintaining positivity, even when times are challenging.
Some of the benefits to individuals from attending positive mindset training are:
The benefits of attending a group workshop on positive mindset stretch beyond what the individual themselves learns. Attending with colleagues gives a sense of community and shared purpose to the goal of creating a team that is happy and healthy. As a result, the whole team grows stronger, performs better and the patients receive a higher standard of care.
The SMILE System’s workshops for healthcare workers deliver all these benefits in a variety of formats to suit your team ranging from a full-day workshop to a bite-size lunch and learn session.
We’d love to hear about steps you’ve taken in your care setting to improve morale and positivity with your staff members, so please do leave us a comment below.
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