The workplace is a place of employed people who have been hired for their skills and intelligence. While attitude is a great aspect in hiring, ma­nagers do not see real attitude during interviews. In the office, we cannot choose our colleagues, but we can definitely choose who to spend more time with and who to stay away from.

At the workplace, each one is expected to do their respective tasks, follow standards and procedures and be productive. While most others can perform tasks well and can work under pressure, there are those who work but also whine and complain. These are the ones who show negativity and pessimism. Instead of focusing their energy at the tasks given, they spend time critici­zing people and object about work and other stuff. If you happen to be one of those who do not agree and do not join them in their opposition, they tend to disapprove you. At times, this may lead to bullying too; and so, the workplace becomes a toxic environment.

No one wants to be in an awkward setting. You can do your share in going against negativity at the workplace. Even a single person can do this and can help minimize it. Here are some tips:

  • Teach, Inform and Do Not Criticize

We often have na­tural reactions when we experience ­unpleasant behavior; either we ignore it, join in, or we complain about it. It is time to make a stand. We need to speak up and educate others in a way that does not seem antagonistic. Remember, at times, people do not realize that they can be troublesome and insensitive with their comments. Sometimes, they think they are just being funny. If this happens, subtly remind the person that he may be insulting and his remarks can be insulting or creating a negative impact. This dialogue may help, “Bro/Sis, tama na, baka nakakainsulto ka na.”

  • Do Not Contri­bute and Participate in Gossips

At the workplace, you will find colleagues who may start gossi­ping and rumor mongering. These are people who spread false information. While it may be tempting to join in, it is best that we do not participate in gossips of any form. These kinds of conversation harm people and create negativity at the workplace. One way to avoid this is to try to steer the conversation to a more positive direction or towards productivity. In a pleasant tone, these remarks may divert gossip, “Ano ‘yan? Sino na naman pinag-uusapan n’yo? Makabubuti ba ‘yan?” or “‘Yun pinag-uusapan n’yo ba ay tungkol sa project natin?”

  • Be Open and Speak Out

Continuous exposure with negative people can affect everyone especially if you experience this day in and day out. It affects your way of thinking and may probably influence the way you think of others. Be sure to let your colleagues hear your voice as you take a stand against negati­vity. Speak up and let them know this kind of behavior is counterproductive. Although challenging, you must try to do it in a strategic ­manner. You may suggest to talk about it during meetings and be sure to speak up about its negative impact.

  • Lead by Example by Using Positive ­Language

In order to promote a healthy environment at the office, it is ­ideal to express positive language. It is best to acknowledge the achievements of colleagues; and more importantly praise ­other employees of their contributions. Talking more about success and accomplishments of officemates is inspiring and encouraging for many.  It will switch negativity to positive energy. Everyone from management to rank-and-file must practice positive language. Comments such as, “Ang galing, I heard about your project. Congratulations!” are heartwarming and brings about positive energy.

Negativity damages people and the workplace. It breeds hatred, anger, envy and may even warp the outlook of business. A negative attitude must be addressed quickly so that it does not affect employee engagement. Let us work on positive energy which leads to productivity and performance. Be a catalyst for positive change at the workplace.

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