Some negative employees constantly complain, criticize, judge, and never seem to be happy. Their behavior is not directly harmful to anyone, but their bad mood is generally demoralizing. Disciplining those employees is not the answer, though, because their behavior doesn't really break any workplace rules.
For example, an employee whose negativity manifests in undermining her supervisor and refusing work orders is deserving of discipline for insubordination. However, an employee whose negativity shows in his habitual whining about work, yet he still listens to his supervisor and completes work assignments, is not insubordinate.
So, if discipline won't help to change some employees' negativity, what will?
Those employees need to motivate themselves to change their attitude. They don't have to make a complete turnaround and become positive. The idea is to not be negative. But they might not know how. That's wh...(register to read more)