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Create A More Productive Work Environment

By Stoney deGeyter

Creating a great office environment isn't the sole responsibility of the PIC - person in charge.

While the business owner, managers and/or supervisors certainly have an effect based on their style of management, they are only half the the total equation. The other half are the employees themselves.

I recently came across several points outlining how to be happy. I realized that these can easily be applied to the work environment from an employee's perspective. I fully believe that every person is solely responsible for their own happiness. Life is not about what happens but what you do with what happens. Similarly, working in a happy and productive (both in terms work completed and personal development) is, in part, each person's own responsibility. Here are a few pointers to maintain a productive environment where you work.

See work as a gift, not punishment

This is every business owner's dream: to have employees that see work as an opportunity rather than a requirement. I've always made it a point to create an environment where employees don't dread coming to work on Mondays. But I also realize that I don't have the sole power to do this. Each employee has to have the right motivation and the right mindset.

Coming to work with a negative attitude not only makes your day worse, but it creates a negative environment for everybody else. If work is seen as something you get to do rather than something you have to do, you can actually start enjoying what you do. This gives you greater enjoyment while producing better results that get you recognized for your contribution.

Recognize the value of your employer

It's unfortunate, but most people just don't understand the pressures that every business owner/manager faces each day. This is something that I didn't truly realize until I owned my own business and hired my first employees. While I believe my greatest assets are the people working for me, it's important that employees recognize the contribution that the employer provides them.

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Sure, you work for your paycheck, but it doesn't have to be you working to get that paycheck. It can often just as easily be someone else. As much as any employee wants to be recognized for the contributions they make, most employers enjoy getting the same recognition. You don't have to suck-up to appreciate and stand behind the boss. You just have to recognize their value to you.

Pursue work compatible with your strengths

This is so important if you want to be happy at your job. You have to 1) find a job that you enjoy, and 2) find a job at a level compatible with where you are personally and professionally. Many people are always looking for the next job that will help them move up the corporate ladder and into a higher pay bracket. There is nothing wrong with that unless you seek out and find jobs that are ultimately beyond your means. The bigger paycheck may be nice but the pressures and expectations put on you may be more than you can bear.

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About the Author:
Stoney deGeyter is president of Pole Position Marketing (, a search engine optimization / marketing firm providing SEO and website marketing services since 1998. Stoney is also a part-time instructor at Truckee Meadows Community College, as well as a moderator in the Small Business Ideas Forum. He is the author of his E-Marketing Performance eBook and contributes daily to the E-Marketing Performance ( marketing blog.

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