Feeling stressed at work? Are you having a hard time getting along with your colleagues? Or perhaps they’re always complaining about a thing or another? If so, you’re not alone. More than 98 percent of employees have experienced negativity or rudeness at work. About 80 percent lose valuable time worrying about the incident.
Workplace negativity isn’t just stressful. It also hurts your performance and productivity. Moreover, it affects communications, causing employees to no longer trust others. That affects their work, as well as their ability to fulfill customers’ needs.
The Real Cost of Workplace Negativity
We have all have workmates who tend to label others and jump to conclusions. Some dismiss positive experiences and focus on the negative. Others have an all or nothing attitude, spread rumors, or thrive on drama. These behaviors affect the entire workplace, not just their colleagues.
One person’s negative attitude impacts the whole work culture. It hurts productivity, customer service, and revenue. After all, unhappy employees create unhappy customers.
Statistics indicate that people are twice as likely to share bad experiences. Once an employee starts to talk badly about his workplace, the news spreads like wildfire. That can affect the company’s reputation, hiring process, and sales.
How to Fight Bad Vibes at Work
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to fight workplace negativity or at least minimize its impact. First of all, try to identify what’s at the root of the problems. Who’s spreading negativity and why?
Let’s say you have a colleague who’s constantly complaining about everything. Avoiding him may not be possible, especially if you’re working in the same office.
The best thing you can do is avoid arguments. Hear and acknowledge, and then move on. Sure, you can disagree with them, but that could lead to a fight. You should rather try to discuss the company’s achievements and share success stories. Encourage positive conversations to improve team morale.
What if you’re dealing with someone who tries to take as much credit as possible? In this case, transparency is paramount. Discuss openly with them and other team members, build authentic relationships with the people who matter and know your goals.
Always discuss programs calmly and avoid raising your voice. Take a deep breath and focus on the tasks at hand. You may not be able to change other people, but you can change your attitude toward them. Set your priorities straight and stop stressing over every little thing.