Ways to boost the mood of your co-workers

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There’s no denying that working life can prove tough. Stresses Co Workers Positivity Linkedin Schemastemming from the commute, your workload and work-life balance can impact on your mood, and the moods of those around you. This is why it is so important to have a great relationship with your colleagues, and to work around positive-minded people. There’s just one fly in the ointment – it may not always be easy for you all to maintain a sunny disposition.

Thankfully, there are plenty of things you can do to help boost positivity in your office. Why not give these suggestions a try?


The phrase ‘Smile, and the world smiles with you’, is true. Smiling is contagious. Studies have indicated that this is down to an unconscious automatic response area in the brain: the cingulate cortex. This cortex is also in charge of producing your regular smile. With smiling also known to stimulate the reward centre of your brain, a simple smile could be all your colleagues need to feel cheerier.

Start a breakfast club

Starting your day off right can do more than stave off hunger. Eating breakfast is said to restore your blood glucose levels which, in turn, can help your brain to function at its best. Unfortunately, it may not always be easy to fit breakfast into your morning routine, but starting an office breakfast club can give people an extra incentive. Have a different co-worker make breakfast for everybody once a week, and sit down together to eat it, to try to boost productivity and wellbeing.

Make them feel appreciated

Compliments and congratulations are underrated. Making someone feel special and appreciated can be a great way to boost their mood. Is a co-worker wearing an item of clothing you love? Why not tell them how good it looks? Have they completed a piece of great work? Try telling them how much you appreciate it.

Be genuinely interested

Another way to make your co-workers feel good is to take a genuine interest in them. Asking them about their weekend, finding out more about them and just chatting informally can go a long way to removing unnecessary pressure from the office environment. You could even forge strong bonds in the process.

Treat them

Don’t worry about grand gestures, treating your team to little pick-me-ups can prove a great mood-booster. From chocolate biscuits to a round of brews, small but perfectly formed gestures can really show that you care. And who doesn’t love a brew and a biscuit?

Leave surprises on their desk

Whether they’re having a bad day or coping with tough personal issues, it’s possible to boost a co-worker’s mood, even if just a little. You could try leaving a surprise on their desk: maybe a book you’ve finished reading and know they’ll love, or an inspiring magazine? Or, as above, a nice cup of tea and a snack.

Hold novelty awards

A great way to try to make colleagues feel good is by making them laugh. Hosting novelty awards once a month, within your team, could prove a major mood-booster. Who made the most brew rounds, danced the worst during a night out or always turns up dressed to perfection? Try to keep it simple and, most of all, silly.

Leave thank you notes

There’s something to be said for the humble ‘thank you’ note. Rather than emailing a co-worker your thanks, you could try leaving a post-it note on their computer screen, instead. It’s the kind of unexpected surprise that could bring a smile to their face, especially during a stressful day.

Trying out some of these suggestions could have a positive effect on both workplace relationships and the wellbeing of you and your co-workers. It’s the kind of mentality that could help see you through those particularly stressful days, as well as make your roles more rewarding. Will you be giving any of the above suggestions a try?

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This article was first published on 10th March 2016. 

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