Obstacles happen. So too, does negativity in the workplace. Negative employees always seem to be in a bad mood, are not productive, and are challenging to work with, whether because they say no to everything or because their pessimism brings down everyone around them. Negative attitudes can be disruptive and destructive, affecting co-workers’ focus, motivation, and happiness at work.
In our continued quest to break down complex issues and offer simple solutions, we have these tips from our team’s real-world experience and education to help you navigate negativity:
- Before making any assumptions on whether an employee is creating negativity in the workplace, reflect on who they are, what it is about them that’s coming across as negative, and (most important) what role you might be playing in their perceived misery.
- Recognize negativity when it happens and, if necessary, inform to educate. Often, negative people do not have all the information and only have their version of what is happening. Ensuring the naysayers are fully aware of what is happening may help change their attitude.
- Confront negativity effectively. First, gather the facts to feel more confident addressing the issue. Then, avoid lecturing or creating an outlet to air complaints; instead, encourage optimism and forward-thinking.
- Maintain a positive attitude when dealing with negativity. Focus on your emotions and behaviors – misery may love company, but do not become that companion.
Workplace negativity disrupts getting the job done. Model positive behavior and attitudes and help each other move through the obstacles. For more on negativity in the workplace, see our prior Blog, https://www.success-trek.com/negativity-in-the-workplace-affects-the-bottom-line/.
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If you or your team need help to identify obstacles and challenges in your workplace situation, contact Theresa, or visit our Contact Us page to schedule a 30-minute Complimentary Conversation. Reaching a goal is a journey, and Success Trek is here to work alongside you.