In a recent post on using positive psychology in the workplace, I talked about positive energy networks. I want to build on this and provide some examples of where I see it happen on a daily basis.
Think about the people you know. There will be those in your social circle who seem to be able to create energy and positivity around them. There’s a real sense of authenticity in their actions and people genuinely enjoy interacting with them. This is nothing to do with being extroverted or outgoing or gregarious in any way. This is about those people who are able to create such positive interactions, that people gravitate toward them naturally.
What I like about this kind of action is that you can see that it influences others. People enjoy being positive. It’s a good place to be in. At the very least, if you’re having a bad day, you often search for those who will help you feel less bad. And I’m pretty sure either they’ll seek out their PEN (positive energy network), or their PEN will find them. How can this happen? Well, if you know there are those who can lift your mood, you naturally seek them out don’t you? And if they are equally your friends in some capacity, they will unknowingly be supporting you when they meet you.
Further though, we should actively help these PEN’s around us. And it can be an individual as well as a collective. The real life example I have of this is the #connectinghr community on Twitter. I truly look forward to turning on Twitter on a daily basis to see who is discussing what and what are they blogging about. And these discussions and blogs range from the banal to the deepest of topics to insight and forethought. Best of all though, the community is so supportive it doesn’t realise it.
They do this by doing a variety of good actions. They build social capital. Their actions (albeit on Twitter) are thoughtful, considerate, genuine and virtuous. They actively engage everyone in the community. I don’t think there’s anyone who gets left out. New people get introduced all the time and it’s an incredibly welcoming bunch of people. They don’t take themselves too seriously. A very British quality for sure, but it certainly helps create a great sense of ease and banter. It’s the most supportive group of people I’ve ever met.
So here’s a big hat tip to the #connectinghr crew. Thanks all for being there, and for being an ever growing community. There are days you honestly raise my spirits and you don’t realise you do this, but I love that I’m part of you. Next week at the unconference, I look forward to putting many faces to names and to find new ways to nourish the relationships I’ve built with a lot of you.