"So, how are you?"

We are all familiar with this casual question. But we also know the usual answers:

  • "I am totally stressed out and the work just keeps piling up more and more, with no end in sight."
  • "Don’t ask! At work! With the boss! "
  • "I’m doing alright. But just look at the weather, it's no wonder I feel sick. "
  • "Terrible. This morning there was another traffic jam: Lots of idiots who don’t know how to drive. "

So many negative answers. Has the working world really made us so miserable?

In my experience, these negative feelings are usually a reaction to input that has nothing to do with the working world.

Every day, we hear the news on the radio, on TV, in the newspaper or online. We are being fed a constant stream of information. And what’s more, we are bombarded with negative news.

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Psychology and communication expert, Michelle Gielan, has shown in her research the kinds of effects and long-term effects bad news is having on our health and performance.

For example, people who get up in the morning and spend three minutes listening to negative news, have a 27% chance that they will be dissatisfied with their day six to eight hours later, regardless of how the day actually was.

So we carry the negativity of the morning news with us all day ("Consuming negative news can make you less effective at work," HBR, 2015).

And it is not only negative news reports that influence our behavior, our perception, satisfaction and performance. The negative responses to the everyday question, "How are you doing?" are also contaminating us.

This realization must become one of the basic standards set by managers. You are the ones who can influence your employees; by getting them to feel better and work better.

In her book, "Broadcasting Happiness," Gielan tells of a manager who helped his team increase productivity by 31% in just three weeks. How did he manage that?

His success recipe was simple: every day, he praised a different employee for something specific, which he had done well. He would share his praise quite conspicuously, within hearing range of the other colleagues. In this way, he spread good news and good feelings into the team every day.

The principle behind this is that, when the brain hears successful it is, the brain feels rewarded and this often leads to more successful actions.

Positive feedback as a rule, and not an exception, is what most people want in their jobs.

When leaders actually lead this way, by showing appreciation for every achievement, they will inspire their staff to give their all.

As a leader, you will be able to achieve this effect through positive words, but also through your body language (!!!). When you can make employees happier and more productive, then today’s work world will be livelier and, above all, a happier and more productive place to be.

However, encouraging employees in this positive way is only possible if you have already internalized a positive attitude. You can’t share what you don’t feel. Top performance and success begin first and foremost with you.

As a HypnosystemCoach® with real-world leadership experience, I can assist you on equal footing to tap into your inner satisfaction, your goals and visions.

As a HypnosystemCoach®, I can help you move beyond your limitations. So that your employees and your company succeed like super stars.

And when you and your employees are asked next time, "Hey, how are you?" They can say, convincingly, "I’m on fire, taking off like a rocket!"

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