This week, we’re talking about negativity in the work place… Actually, let’s look at it from a different angle… We’re talking about positivity in the workplace, and how to keep negativity from creeping in.
The first step - make a conscious decision with your team to not allow negativity to sabotage your hard work.
Workplace gossip, snide remarks under your breath about others’ work, or ugly text messages during meetings, can all sabotage workplace morale, so decide collectively to avoid it.
I’m inspired by the author Jon Gordon, who uses the term “energy vampires” to talk about people who bring negativity with them wherever they go.
If you have one on your team, have a conversation privately with them, and find out what you can do to help make their work experience more positive.
Many times, you’ll find its things outside of work that are making them that way, and just taking time to understand what’s wrong can help make them a more positive team member.
You can also institute the “no complaining rule” — that is, don’t just complain for the sake of complaining… Come with one or two possible solutions to the problem before you even bring it up.
Complaining helps keep you focused on the problem, and not the solution.
And finally, don’t be afraid of conflict. If there’s no disagreement on your team, you’re not trying hard enough!
Innovate, don’t be afraid to break things, and don’t be afraid to have difficult conversations around your teams’ choices… But make sure the disagreements are constructive. That’s the only way forward.
To leave you with a quote from Gordon’s books - Being positive wont guarantee you’ll succeed, but being negative will guarantee that you wont.
So go out there, and be the positive force for your team!