The business of technology is fast-paced and driven by competition. While it paves the way for innovation, it also brings on added stress for the workforce, mainly the software developers responsible for the implementation of these innovations.
Positive work culture is key to a successful work life and a successful business. It is the responsibility of the employer to create a physical environment that supports positivity within the workforce. Software developers, as employees are equally responsible for maintaining a positive attitude within the workplace.
A study conducted by Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania showed the impact of positivity on one’s performance. Optimistic employees often tend to outperform the pessimistic workforce.
There are multiple ways in which software developers can maintain a positive attitude within the workplace.
Here are just a few things one should keep in mind to stay positive at work:
1. Learn something every day
The world of software development is constantly evolving. As Abraham Lincoln once said,
“If I had nine hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first six sharpening my axe.”
Spend at least an hour every day to learn something new. It could be through interacting with fellow team members, building an environment based on knowledge-sharing. Keep learning about new things every day.
You can also compile a list of technical and non-technical resources and authors that you like. Make sure to read at least one article from each resource every day. This is an efficient way to elevate the learning process.
2. Be a problem-solver but ask others when you stuck for a long
Working in a collaborative, social environment can be hindering as well as helping based on how you look at it. There may be situations where you are stuck on a particular problem or have difficulty using a new tool.
Trying to figure out solutions on your own can help you grow as a software developer. However, you must keep in mind that time is indeed money. Try not to spend precious time pondering over problems that can be solved more efficiently if only you’d asked for some help.
If you’re stuck for longer than necessary, do ask fellow team members for help so as to move on to other, more important tasks and make the best use of your time.
3. Listen more than you speak
Listening is an art. Listen to what your team members and team leaders have to say. This helps in forming well-informed and unbiased opinions and approach to your work.
Being all ears with your team will also develop a feeling of mutual respect, thus creating a positive work culture for you and your team.
4. Keep up-to-date with the latest trends and technologies
There may be instances where your team members may know more about certain up and coming technology that you might not be well-equipped with.
Such instances can be intimidating. Apart from this, in order to advance your product as well as your skill-set, you must adopt a dynamic attitude where you never stop learning.
Accepting the fact that the only constant changes, software developers must keep adding to their skill sets and stay current on the latest trends and technologies within their niche.
5. Keep away from the negative people and politics
A Microsoft study concluded that toxic work culture is one of the most relevant contributing factors to reduced workplace satisfaction and productivity. Try to keep away from workplace politics and cynicism around you.
Your sole focus has to be your work. Try not to deter from that. Peer pressure and a feeling of FOMO can lead to you indulging in the negative discussion that you need not be privy to in the first place. It is best to keep away from such situations. Socialize with the right people with the right mindset at work.
6. Stay flexible with your work
The rigidity can at times lead to failure. Try and have an open mind when it comes to your work. Any task can have more than one approach.
Someone else’s approach might be more efficient than yours. Always stay flexible and be ready for changes. Software development is a dynamic process. The rigidity can lead to dead-end.
7. Be comfortable with being uncomfortable
Growth is all about stepping out of your comfort zone. Always accept challenges that come your way even if they make you nervous.
Any complex task when completed successfully is just an addition to your development. Positivity that comes from such achievement paves your way forward. Always be comfortable with such challenges that may seem uncomfortable or impossible at first.
These are just a few simple steps that software developers can follow for creating a positive work environment around them, one that is a catalyst to progress and productivity.