How do we avoid negative thoughts, actions and even negative people, at the workplace?
This is a challenge because the workplace presents enough reasons, in one day, that can lead to negativity. Inter-personal conflict, emotional stress and physical strain all contribute in fair measure.
Take this example.
A team manager demands explanation for poor performance of the sales team during the Monday morning meeting. Some of the team members are singled out for non-performance; the manager gives an ultimatum and the meeting ends on a negative note.
See what happens next.
One of the team members, who got ticked off, goes around the office speaking negatively of the manager saying, 'What does he know? Let him get into the market and only then he will understand the difficulties,' adding, that the manager was too comfortable in his chair issuing orders but unconcerned about the realities. The sales person further states that he is considering quitting.
Such an attitude percolates quickly. The workplace environment turns downbeat and negative. Two aspects to consider; the manager's communication was inappropriate and harsh and secondly, team morale has been adversely affected.
To avoid getting sucked into the negativity, you could react like this:
-Discourage the non-performing salesperson from speaking negatively
-Encourage him and offer assistance, if you can
-Do not allow negative thoughts or ill-feeling into your own mind
(Read also, Keep the Mind Productive)
-Stay focused on work and motivate other team members who are likely to be adversely influenced, especially the younger, impressionable newly-inducted ones
-Communicate discreetly to the manager to adopt a less aggressive approach, particularly during the group meetings and explain the repercussion of the Monday morning's meeting.
This approach is assertive, time-tested for best results at work and in the personal sphere.