A negative work environment sets a bad tone for the rest of your day. Gossiping cliques, backstabbing employees, and clashing personalities all add up to one miserable working experience. During my corporate career at a popular music company, I've had experiences with all of the above. What's worse? Dealing with irate customers or negative coworkers? I'd say that's a toss up! Implement these five tips for dealing with all the "Negative Nellies" on your job. These positive steps may help shield you from the stressful effects of negativity.
Limit your interaction with the negative clan. Motivation counselor Anne Naylor of the Huffington Post says you should seek out happier people, when possible. If you have to work with cynics, that's one thing, but you don't have to socialize with them at the water cooler or in the break room. Steer clear of naysayers and cynics. Instead, surround yourself with people who have good attitudes.
Protect your workspace. Create an unspoken, "no negativity" rule in your office; that might mean creating a solutions-focused environment. Online magazine Entrepreneur says employers should listen to their negative employees so others don't have to. If you aren't the boss, you can still take control. The next time your neighboring cubicle worker comes in to share the latest bad news, take her out to the hallway. Listen but don't add to the conversation. Always lead the negative people back out into the hall. Eventually, they'll get your intention, "I don't want this negativity in my work space."
Fill your spare moments with positive reinforcement. Lighthearted pictures and emails from encouraging websites are great mood lifters to have in your office. If possible, play uplifting music, quietly, of course.
Smile! Nothing chases away the blues like a big, goofy smile. Smile at everyone and keep walking. Refuse to join the mullygrubbers.This strategy always worked for me!
Look for the good. Pointing out what's wrong with the company you work for is easy. Anyone can do that! Instead of agreeing with coworkers, point out the good things. For example, "Didn't we just give Christmas toys to the local orphanage?" Highlighting the good usually shuts up the negative people. However, don't argue. Make your point and move on.
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