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The 7 symptoms of a workplace negativity infection

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Robert Lentz

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in Leaders & Managers,People Management

“If you’re slowly burning out but don’t quite understand why, it’s likely not just one or two things that are stressing you—it could be that the whole place is toxic.” - Keep Negativity from Infecting Your Workplace: Dealing with Whiners, Troublemakers, Pessimists and Other Difficult Employees

Keeping your head down through the daily grind of office life can make you blind to some scary truths. Negativity usually doesn’t show its face in an obvious way; nobody gives much of a second thought to the occasional employee gripe or outburst, or even a declaration that “if things don’t change, I’m outta here!” A little grumpiness or gossip is as much a part of the scenery at work as a Dilbert calendar or the grease smudges on the buttons of the break room microwave.

But then at some point no one is quite aware of, the negativity has invisibly accumulated so much mass that the organization itself is operating under a rain cloud that...(register to read more)

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