How to Be a Better Manager Than Spider-Man

By Davis Miller
Illustration of a comic book with a spider on the front with the words 'Positive Management'

The Spider-Man Advantage

We’re positive you’ve heard of Peter Parker. Ordinary teenager turned superhero from a radioactive bug-bite. Despite all the supervillains he faced, the girlfriends he lost, and the failures he encountered, one saying—given by his Uncle Ben—defined his entire motivation for good.

“With great power comes great responsibility.”

While not all of us are radioactive teenagers fighting crime in a tight outfit, the saying rings true for anyone; but today, let’s focus on all executives in the workforce.

Like Spider-Man, executives have a huge responsibility to create a safe, positive environment for their employees every single day. Great leaders understand that productivity and performance are important, but they’re not the hallmark of the best workplaces.

So, how do you create an environment where employees are happy and healthy? Focus on positive management in the workplace. Just like Spider-Man protecting the citizens of New York, when you try your best to develop your managers and create a positive environment, you’ll start to use your superpowers for good.

So let’s dive in and learn all about implementing the right strategies for positive workplace management so you can start to see the massive dividends that come from applying the Spider-Man Advantage.

The Perks of Positivity

image with text - A positive workplace has a huge impact on the productivity and lifestyles of employees, customer relationships, and even company revenue.

Believe it or not, being happy at work has massive benefits for both your business and your team! Positive psychology expert Shawn Anchor even says that a positive workplace has a huge impact on the productivity and lifestyles of employees, customer relationships, and even company revenue. Some of these benefits also include:

  • Employees are 31% more productive when they are positive at work
  • Increased creative energy and innovation
  • Employees are 37% stronger in sales efforts
  • Drastically Less Turnover
  • Loyalty to the Company increases by 134% (that's right! Over 100%)
  • Far less Burnout
  • Fewer absences from work
  • Employees are 196% more willing to recommend the company to a friend

You may be thinking, “This is exactly what I need in my company, but where do I start?” No need to fear, Motivosity is here! As you continue reading you’ll learn the tactics and methods for creating a positive workplace environment and becoming the executive superhero your employees and company need.

Strategy #1: A Catalyst for The Feel-Good Chemical

Dopamine—known as the “motivator” of the brain—is also your secret weapon to wicked success. It’s an extremely powerful chemical that peaks when you are recognized for your efforts and sends a rush of positive vibes to your brain.

So how does that play into work? We’re glad you asked. Implementing frequent recognition in the workplace sets the stage for an amazing culture and creates a positive feedback cycle flooded with gratitude. Everyone loves a good pat on the back when they’ve done a good job!

image with text - When employees are regularly recognized, you can see a 10-20% difference in company revenue.

But recognition isn’t just a great way to encourage the warm fuzzies. According to Gallup, When employees are regularly recognized, you can see a 10-20% difference in company revenue. Even something as small as a “great job” can release dopamine and start the positive feedback loop!

When you recognize your employees regularly, you’re practically guaranteeing success when it comes to building a great culture, and it sets your company on the right track to see massive benefits.

Strategy #2: The Power of Check-Ins

The relationship you build with your employees reflects not only the dynamic you create with your team but what’s important to the company, as well. Frequently meeting with your employees or taking time away from your desk just to chat is remarkably important in building strong leader-employee relationships.

According to a study conducted by Harvard Business Review, employees crave genuine connections not just with their peers but across all positions of their organization— including executives. Leaders that conducted frequent check-in meetings with their employees found that employees were less stressed, more productive, and even more likely to stay with the company.

No matter how short or informal these meetings are, you’re strengthening the trust and the connection you have with your employees, which significantly changes the dynamic of the workplace and makes it a better environment for everyone!

Strategy #3: The Altruism Prism

image with text - By developing a people-centered culture, you can expect a far less stressful work environment.

Altruism is known as the ability to care about others more than yourself, along with being concerned for others' successes (basically selflessness on steroids). By developing a people-centered culture, you can expect a far less stressful work environment.

Similar to how a prism reacts when interacting with light; when you promote altruism in your company, it becomes reflected across your employees and creates a common theme throughout the company, even affecting relationships and outlook with customers and prospects.

There are so many ways to create a positive environment using altruism, but one of the best is putting your employees first. Introducing initiatives and making decisions with your people at the center of it all is key to creating a powerful culture focused on your employees.

Plus, setting a selfless example will set an expectation across your organization and can even prompt your team to be more gracious day-to-day.

The Beginning of a New Company

These three simple strategies can become your new superpower to transform your culture (and company) for the best through positive management. We hope that you’ve been motivated to create a better employee experience that drives success, revenue, and happiness.

We wish you luck in your journey to creating a better environment for your employees and seeing the ROI that comes from great management practices. Now go use your Spider-Man advantage and change the world!

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