Negativity in the Workplace: Part 1

Quote of the day:



Negativity is the enemy of creativity.

David Lynch





There are two things that can cause negativity. Today I want to focus on having a critical eye.

What do I mean by having a critical eye? Are you the kind of person that finds fault with everything?

  • A rug is not laying flat, a picture isn’t straight, the walls need a new coat of paint.
  • The food wasn’t hot enough, spicy enough, or there wasn’t enough of it.
  • You go to church and the service was too long, the pastor was boring, the music was too loud.
  • A person walks into your office and what do you see? A skirt that is too short, a tie that isn’t straight, socks that don’t match, an unflattering hairstyle.

How do we change our critical eye?

Only use positive words when speaking. Lets use the office example above and how you can change the negative to positive.

  • Be prepared for the conversation ahead of time if you have a scheduled meeting.
  • If you have someone that always pops in your office unexpectedly, you are familiar with the situation so be prepared and don’t be perturbed.
  • Greet the person with a smile.
  • Very quickly remind yourself that this person is an important member of your team.
  • Set the time that you will spend speaking with this person.
  • Finish the conversation with a “Thank you for your time” and “enjoy the rest of your day.”

Think of it as an opportunity. Sometimes even the seemingly negative things in our lives present us with opportunities we wouldn’t have been strong enough to pursue otherwise. Think of your personal interactions with co-workers as opportunities to get to really know them. Really listen to what they are saying. You will start learning what their strengths and weaknesses are and how you may be able to use those strengths to increase their creativity and productivity.



Do something nice. Want to feel better? Try doing something nice for your co-workers.



Here are a few ideas:

  • Have a potluck lunch.
  • After a meeting send an email Thank you, to let them know you appreciate them.
  • When it is a co-worker’s birthday, celebrate. Everyone likes to feel special!
  • Celebrate your achievements as a team and the achievements of the individuals of your team.

Remind yourself of your blessings. Whether you feel blessed by your family, your friends, your team members, or even that you just have food to eat each day remind yourself of these things, however small you may feel they may be.





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