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12 Practical Ways To Spread Positivity In Your Workplace

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For supervisors and human resources professionals, creating an atmosphere of positivity in the workplace can be challenging. The costs of having a negative attitude in the workplace are many. Employees who don’t feel appreciated work slower and with less efficiency. They can have conflicts with other members of your staff. Negative bosses spread their bad feelings to everyone who works for them, causing an entire staff to become lethargic or aggressive.

Here are 12 concrete ways to foster a spirit of positivity in your workplace, beginning with small, vital changes that you can make to your office climate today.

12 Practical Ways to Spread Positivity in the Workplace

1. Model Kindness and Respect

Employees look up to their bosses for an example of how to behave in the workplace. If the boss is snappish and disrespectful, that will become part of the company culture. It is far better to model patience, kindness, and respect. This is a great way to bring positivity at workplace.

2. Have an Attitude of Gratitude

When employees are thanked for their good work, it gives them a warm feeling. Everyone likes to be appreciated, and employees often toil for years without being thanked for their hard work. Even a simple “thank you” and a handshake go a long way toward making an employee feel appreciated.

3. Don’t Forget to Listen

When you listen to your employees, you will be able to reap the benefits of their experience. When employees are not listened to, they feel unappreciated. They may even feel condescended to.

4. Make Goals Clear for Everyone

Having a concrete goal to work toward gives employees direction and positivity at workplace. Employees like to know that their hard work is directed toward a particular end. When the goals are reached, have a little celebration. This can be as simple as expressing your pride during a staff meeting.

5. Encourage Collaboration

Make it easy for employees from different departments to work together. It helps if the departments don’t feel like enemies. Often, different departments in a workplace feel that they are competing for attention and funding from their superiors. Try to get across to your employees the idea that you are all working toward one common goal.

6. Put on a Smile

Even if you’re having a difficult day, you can spread positivity by smiling. When a boss is smiling, his or her employees find reasons to smile, too. Dealing with a boss who is always gruff and forbidding makes the employees cranky and difficult to work with.

7. Trust that Your Employees are Responsible Adults

This seems like a laughably obvious step to take, but many employers treat their workers as inferior. When you give a task to your employees, get it across to them that they are trusted to perform the task because they are mature adults. Don’t hang over their shoulders or micromanage them.

8. Don’t Rely on Intimidation

It goes without saying that employees who constantly feel like they are under threat aren’t as productive. It’s better not to give people the idea that they will be punished if they don’t meet work goals. Expecting the best, rather than the worst, will lead to better results.

9. Have an Office Wellness Program

Have your human resources staff implement a fitness program for your employees. Make it fun and not punitive. Letting your employees have a break to pursue physical activity will make them happier and more productive.

10. Encourage Mentoring

Mentoring relationships can come about naturally, but it’s nice to set them up when a new employee enters the company. Pair your new employee with someone experienced. This will make them feel cared for and give them someone to go to with their new employee concerns. This will foster positivity at workplace.

11. Communicate Positively

Something as simple as changing your messaging can help your employees build positivity. Rather than coming down hard on employees who don’t meet their goals, encourage them with positive words and messages.


12. Understand Your Mission

Too often, the overall goals of a workplace can be buried under the little problems that happen every day. When things are not going well, take a step back and remind your employees what they are working for. This may help to reset some attitudes and make the workplace attitude positive again.

Final Thoughts

If you can find a way to bring positivity at workplace, you can build a better environment for your employees. This positive feeling will extend to your customers, since people with better job satisfaction give better service.

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LGBTQ displays not allowed at any Washington County UT libraries

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Equality Utah met with Washington County Library officials for the roundtable discussion. There, the library director confirmed that LGBTQ displays have been banned at every one of Washington County's libraries. "If you put up a display that says LGBTQ, you're pushing away a segment of our society," said Joel Tucker, Washington County Library Director. "Have there every been displays on like, Black History Month, or something like that?" asked  Stephen Lambert, with Equality Utah. 
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Fried Apples Recipe

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With apple-picking season right around the corner, it's time to get the perfect FRIED APPLES recipe out there. Fresh apples, sugar, and butter fried on the stove top with delicious! Learn how to make fried apples for breakfast, dessert, snacks, or even as a side dish!

Fried Apples are a fun fall treat! With apple-picking season right around the corner, it’s time to get the perfect fried apples recipe out there. Fresh apples, sugar, and butter fried on the stove top with cinnamon…so delicious! Learn how to make fried apples for breakfast, dessert, snacks, or even as a side dish!

Fried Apples in a skillet

Fried Apples Recipe

Fried Apples are a southern classic that is absolutely perfect for fall. When apple-picking season comes around, you’ve got to make this easy fried apples recipe!

There’s nothing better than the taste of fried apples. It’s such a simple dish, but it’s one of the best fall recipes. Fresh apple slices fried on the stove top in butter, sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon. YUM!

Learning how to make fried apples is super easy. Just throw your ingredients into skillet and let them cook. Then you’ll have the perfect fall treat to snack on. They’re great for breakfast (eat them by themselves or try them with a bowl of oatmeal), and they make one amazing dessert! Eat them with a bowl of ice cream, use them as a pie topping, or just eat them up one by one.

The flavor of this fried apples recipe is absolutely delectable. They are so sweet, but perfectly balanced out by the butter they’re cooked in. I just can’t stop eating these!

Learn how to make fried apples with this simple Fried Apples recipe. It’s the best fall recipe for breakfast, dessert, or snacking. So good!


Cast iron skillet with fried apples topped with cinnamon

Fried apples recipe in a cast iron skillet

Easy Fall Recipe

Autumn is a time for warm, comforting foods. As the weather starts to change, all I want to eat is soup, baked goods, and hearty, flavorful meals. I want to eat pumpkin, and I want to eat apples! I want easy fall recipes that represent the season. And this fried apples recipe is the perfect representation of all of that.

Apples fried in butter and sugar is the most simple recipe ever, but it never fails. Fried apples give me that comforting feeling I need in the fall and they taste incredible. It’s so easy to eat these one by one with a fork, but they work just as well mixed in with other recipes for breakfast or dessert.

Here are a few more of my favorite fall recipes:

How to make fried apples on the stove top

Easy fried apples recipe

How to Make Fried Apples

This fried apples recipe couldn’t be any easier. It’s basically just a one-step recipe: cook the apples in the skillet. And done! I love simple recipes like this that take almost no effort but come out tasting soooo flavorful and delicious.

How to Make Fried Apples:

  1. Melt butter over medium-low heat in a large skillet
  2. Add apples (peeled and sliced) and all other ingredients into the skillet
  3. Cook apples uncovered for 8-10 minutes
  4. Use a spatula to gently flip the apples every couple of minutes

And that’s it! The fried apples will come out tender but not mushy. They’ll still have a bite, that slightly crispy apple texture, but much softer. Sweet, simple, and delicious!

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Fried apples in a cast iron skillet

This fried apples recipe is sure to please! So sweet, so simple, and so comforting. This is the perfect recipe to make this autumn to use up those fresh apples. Another easy fall recipe that is absolutely irresistible!

See the recipe card below for details on how to make Fried Apples. Enjoy!

If you like this recipe, try these other fun apple recipes too:

Fried Apples Recipe

With apple-picking season right around the corner, it’s time to get the perfect FRIED APPLES recipe out there. Fresh apples, sugar, and butter fried on the stove top with cinnamon…so delicious! Learn how to make fried apples for breakfast, dessert, snacks, or even as a side dish!

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 cups sliced Jonathan apples (peeled)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  1. In a large heavy skillet, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add all other ingredients and cook, uncovered, 8-10 minutes. Carefully turn the apples, with a spatula, every 2 minutes. The apples should be tender, but still have a slight bite and hold their shape.
  2. Enjoy!

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Celebrate Autumn Shadow Box Featuring Echo Park Paper

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DIY Chalk Pops

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What’s up everyone? If you’re a parent who needs a fun way to get your kids outside this summer, or if you’re just a kid at heart who wants to make fun summer projects, now is your chance! Today we’re

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19 Best Summer Poems To Enjoy By The Water

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Summer is here and with it comes a real, serious yearning in me for some heady, detail-soaked summer poems.

Summer itself is hectic, a frenetic series of events and experiences that are scrunched into three short months; affecting our lust-and-heatwave-skewed brains. That is part of why the concept of easy beach reads are so common, not as challenging to focus on when you are feeling a bit droopy like an unwatered plant! Another option is to spice up your summer reading with poetry as it’s short, immersive and can definitely set a mood. These summer poems gorgeously capture the season’s sweltering days and adventurous nights. The mix of classic poems, beat poetry, slam poetry and Instagram poetry are ones that firmly fix me into the summer mood.


Summer for prose and lemons, for nakedness and languor,
for the eternal idleness of the imagined return,
for rare flutes and bare feet, and the August bedroom
of tangled sheets and the Sunday salt, ah violin!

When I press summer dusks together, it is
a month of street accordions and sprinklers
laying the dust, small shadows running from me.

It is music opening and closing, Italia mia, on Bleecker,
ciao, Antonio, and the water-cries of children
tearing the rose-coloured sky in streams of paper;
it is dusk in the nostrils and the smell of water
down littered streets that lead you to no water,
and gathering islands and lemons in the mind.

There is the Hudson, like the sea aflame.
I would undress you in the summer heat,
and laugh and dry your damp flesh if you came.



3. “HEAT” BY H.D.

O wind, rend open the heat,
cut apart the heat,
rend it to tatters.

Fruit cannot drop
through this thick air–
fruit cannot fall into heat
that presses up and blunts
the points of pears
and rounds the grapes.

Cut the heat–
plough through it,
turning it on either side
of your path.




As the body of the beloved is a window
through which we behold the blackness and vastness of space
pulsing with stars, and as the man
on the corner with his fruit stand is a window,
and the cherries, blackberries, raspberries
avocados and carrots are a rose window
like the one in Chartres, yes, or the one in Paris
through which light floods from the other world, the pure one
stabbing tourists with malicious abundant joy
though the man is tired in the summer heat
and reads his newspaper listlessly, without passion
and people pass his stand buying nothing
let us call this scene a window looking out
not at a paradise but as a paradise
might be, if we had eyes to see
the women in their swaying dresses, the season’s fruit
the babies in their strollers infinitely soft: clear window
after clear window



You turn the kitchen
tap’s metallic stream
into tropical drink,
extra sugar whirlpooling
to the pitcher-bottom
like gypsum sand.
Purplesaurus Rex, Roarin’
Rock-A-Dile Red, Ice Blue
Island Twist, Sharkleberry Fin;
on our tongues, each version
keeps a section, like tiles
on the elemental table.
In ninth grade, Sandra
employed a jug of Black Cherry
to dye her straightened
bangs burgundy.
When toddlers swallow you,
their top lips mustache in color
as if they’ve kissed paint.
The trendy folks can savor
all that imported mango nectar
and health-market juice.
We need factory-crafted packets,
unpronounceable ingredients,
a logo cute enough to hug,
a drink unnaturally sweet
so that, on the porch,
as summer sun recedes,
Granddad takes out his teeth
to make more mouth to admit you.


Toward summer or its dependence
On demarcations in the sandy vial
Some tree spelling astronaut onto a
Planet’s arm, it stopped making sense.
I am not an apothecary or a wave
Or a dog by the 15th hole, I am not
A light sparking a whole country’s demise.
I will never be a towel holding someone’s
Sunscreen while they wash it off in foreign
Seas. My hair goes up and down, it’s true
As it is I am not a bag of tea nor will I ever
Be exceptionally happy. Let the director
Know I was distressed by the construction
Noise, that I had no known allergies that
My parents convinced me I was wanted
And why wouldn’t you believe them.
If the earth when it opened dragged away
Our sense of faith, doubt was an
Invention I preferred to ignore in the
Manner of solicitations by mail.



All this tall grass has ruined my gold
acrylic nails & I know something’s dead
just beyond my window. I grew up
with rats running my floorboards
& know the smell straining from a body
once caught in a trap. In the city
what little I have of an ass
is always out, a simple wind blow
from Marilyn Monroe-ing the street.

Here, in all this nature, there is nobody
but me & my 5 friends for a week
& I promised myself I’d be naked
but the first day I found a tick
clinging to my arm hair for dear
life & decided no way I’m exposing
my pussy to the elements. My love
for nature is like my love for most things:
fickle & theoretical.

Too many bugs & I want a divorce.
Last week, before I was here
my uncle drove me from our city
to the suburbs & sang “Project Chick”
in the car. When we parked
he asked me to take off my shoes
& there we walked, silent, barefoot
circling the lake, trying to not step
in goose shit.

He walked in front & I trailed behind
both our hands clasped behind our backs.
When you were my daughter,
those were the happiest days of my life.
I wish you would come home.

My love for the past is like my love
for most things. I only feel it when
I’m gone. Best to stay gone
so I’m always in love. If I look
at something too long it forgets
its joy. All the floorboards carry
death. My gold nails are fake
& chipped. My bare feet skirt the shit.



I’d walk her home after work
buying roses and talking of Bechsteins.
She was full of soul.
Her small room was gorged with heat
and there were no windows.
She’d take off everything
but her pants
and take the pins from her hair
throwing them on the floor
with a great noise.
Like Crete.
We wouldn’t make love.
She’d get on the bed
with those nipples
and we’d lie
and talking of my best friend.
They were in love.
When I got quiet
she’d put on usually Debussy
leaning down to the small ribs
bite me.


Gently I stir a white feather fan,
With open shirt sitting in a green wood.
I take off my cap and hang it on a jutting stone;
A wind from the pine-trees trickles on my bare head.



Once when I was harmless
and didn’t know any better,

a mirror to the front of me
and an ocean behind,

I lay wedged in the middle of daylight,
paper-doll thin, dreaming,

then I vanished. I gave the day a fingerprint,
then forgot.

I sat naked on a towel
on a hot June Monday.

The sun etched the inside of my eyelids,
while a boy dozed at my side.

The smell of all oceans was around us—
steamy salt, shell, and sweat,

but I reached for the distant one.
A tide rose while I slept,

and soon I was alone. Try being
a figure in memory. It’s hollow there.

For truth’s sake, I’ll say she was on a beach
and her eyes were closed.

She was bare in the sand, long,
and the hour took her bit by bit.


Jesse Is Back This Summer,

planting windbreak trees
on his parent’s Kansas farm.
He’s tired, of course, but confident
he’s busy doing the right thing.

And the wind?
It starts on the frozen ridges
of Pluto’s farthermost satellite,
and travels to Earth,
where it hits the Great Plains full-force,
and picks up every secret human moan
on its way through those empty miles,
and sometimes at night you can hear it play the trees

like a blues harmonica.


The first lily of June opens its red mouth.
All over the sand road where we walk
multiflora rose climbs trees cascading
white or pink blossoms, simple, intense
the scene drifting like colored mist.

The arrowhead is spreading its creamy
clumps of flower and the blackberries
are blooming in the thickets. Season of
joy for the bee. The green will never
again be so green, so purely and lushly

new, grass lifting its wheaty seedheads
into the wind. Rich fresh wine
of June, we stagger into you smeared
with pollen, overcome as the turtle
laying her eggs in roadside sand.



Do you have favorite summer poems? Or, do you save yours to read in the winter in an effort to stave off grey days? Let me know in the comments if you have different summer poems that you prefer, or check out this list of ocean-based poems.

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