Creating a Positive Work Environment


Which of the following strategies do you think has the most influence on creating a positive work environment, leading to greater job satisfaction and job performance? Please include a brief response to support your selection.

a.  Job Involvement
b.  Organizational Commitment
c.  Quality of Leadership
d.  Promotional Opportunities
e.  Pay and Performance Incentives


Creating a Positive Work Environment

It is important to create positive work environments. Organizations that has positive work environments may be more successful compared to others with negative work environments. A positive work environment improves employees’ health, satisfaction, and productivity levels. Employees are likely to perform better when they work in organizations that promote the development of positive work environments. According to Kroth, Boverie, and Zondlo (2007), creating positive work environments is critical in ensuring staff retention and recruitment and in improving patient safety. Organizational leaders may set the climate in various ways including ensuring good communication, matching employee capabilities with the right jobs, giving employees the autonomy to make decisions, rewarding employees, and in other ways.

Quality of Leadership

The quality of leadership has the most influence on creating a positive work environment. Organizational leaders play a critical role in shaping the organizational culture, which in turn determine the king of work environment. According to Kroth, Boverie, and Zondlo (2007), effective managers establish healthy work environments in three major ways. First, organizational leaders must create a suitable organizational climate for employees to work. Second, organizational leaders must develop ways of tapping the employee potential. Organizational leaders can tap employee potential by encouraging them to work in teams in order to solve complex problems. Third, organizational leaders must ensure they enhance employee performance by ensuring they remain committed to achieving the organizational goals. For instance, organizational leaders should make performance expectations clear. Organizational leaders are tasked with the role of creative and nurturing a positive work environment.


Kroth, M., Boverie, P., & Zondlo, J. (2007). What managers do to create a healthy work environment. Journal of Adult Education, 36(2).