As business owners, leaders, or managers, we want to bring out the best in our employees. We want each employee to have a positive experience in the workforce, and in turn, see our companies thrive. 

What is POS?

One way to make our employees and companies succeed is through Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS). A subset of organizational behavior, POS seeks to cultivate welcoming and thriving work atmospheres. Coined in 2003 by University of Michigan professor Kim Cameron, POS refers to the patterns, dynamics, and processes that lead to a successful business. Cameron and his colleagues at the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan are committed to discovering the highest human potential. Under the lens of POS, the center hopes to answer questions such as: What makes employees feel like they’re thriving? How can I bring my organization through difficult times stronger than before? What creates the positive energy a team needs to be successful?

If you ever ask yourself these questions when it comes to your business/employees, perhaps studying POS is your answer.

The Backbone of POS

In his research, Cameron concluded that four strategies can help create positive performance in your business:

First, you must build a positive climate, which comes from leadership creating positive experiences and focusing on strengths and opportunities. 

Second is using a positive leadership strategy to develop positive relations. This can be done through properly utilizing each team member’s strengths so that each person is most effective to the team. Practicing gratitude and mindfulness also plays a role.

Third, you must create supportive communication. Uncomfortable conversations have to be had sometimes, but we have to be able to give and receive constructive feedback in a neutral manner so that the matter isn’t taken personally. This step requires some level of emotional intelligence.  

The fourth strategy Cameron suggests is sharing specific goals with employees. The last step creates meaning and purpose for the team. 

POS in Sum

In essence, POS really boils down to how you choose to lead your business. Whether your work environment is positive or negative lies in your hands. 

Kevin Kelloway of Saint Mary’s University claims psychological capital is an important aspect of POS. Psychological capital is comprised of “hope, optimism, resilience, and self-efficacy.” When each characteristic is present, employee satisfaction and performance is typically higher.

A business owner can learn many things through studying POS. We all want to grow our businesses and find success, but that is only possible with the help of those working with us.

If you find yourself asking the questions that POS is seeking to answer, give us a call. Knowted is here to help you create the perfect work environment—where workers are satisfied and work gets done.

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