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5 ways to contain workplace negativity

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in Leadership Skills,Office Management,People Management,Your Office Coach

When you don't address negativity in the workplace, it usually grows and grows.

If you manage an administrative team, try these five steps to contain the mood:

Step 1: Recognize the fact that a problem exists. This can be more difficult than you think: Many managers focus so hard on good behavior that they fail to notice the bad vibes around them.

Step 2: Address the causes. They might be an employee’s personal problems, work stress or a lack of advancement opportunities. You need to pinpoint the problems before you can correct them.

Step 3: Encourage the person to accept responsibility for the negativism. It is not your fault. Point out that even though the person has reasons for negative feelings, it is inappropriate to try to infect others with his or her viewpoint.

Step 4: Help the individual replace negative behaviors with positive ones. For example, teaming the person with a different set of workers may address his or her specific concerns.

Step 5: Work hard to instill positive attitudes in the people around the negativist. Infecting them with the “positivity bug” is the final step toward containing negativism.

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Connie Hargrove September 19, 2013 at 11:15 pm

I really appreciate your reading on work place negativity. For 1 yr myself and my coworkers have been subjected to a coworker’s bad behavior where all she do is nothing but complain, whine, and throw temper tamp-tums to get her way, to have some of her job responsibilities(that she doesn’t want to do) dumped on me. We’ve talked to management but with no success. She will go to management and then I end up having some of her job responsibilities. Please help I am ready to leave my job. I am so stressed out. I am at my breaking point. I feel that I am her target.

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