Battling Negativity at Work

There’s a difference between the occasional complaint or rant and having a constantly negative mindset. From time to time, even the most positive people will have down days or frustrating moments, but it’s important to stay focused on the positive and not let these individual moments transform into a consistently negative state of mind.

There are many people who argue that positivity is a habit – you’ve got to practice it and find ways to work it into your day, just like anything else. So when you find yourself in a slump, try to ask yourself “Am I blowing this out of proportion?”. Something that you feel stuck on in your own head may not be as big of a problem as you’re making it out to be. If you still feel overwhelmed, try to calmly think of some ways to improve what you’re not happy with, and take note of some of the things that are going well, whether it’s today, last week, or in the past year. Remembering some of your accomplishments and the things that you’re grateful for can help to put frustrating moments into perspective. Sometimes it can even be helpful to write things out and organize your thoughts.

One of the unfortunate things about negativity is that it can be contagious in a way, and end up causing a toxic work environment. When one of your coworkers starts complaining about something, it’s easy to jump on the same train of thought and chime in yourself, rather than providing an alternative thought. Try not to enable or encourage this kind of behaviour too often – there is usually a way of being supportive to your peers without feeding into the negativity. There are so many articles out there about “cutting out the toxic people in your life”, and while this may be necessary in extreme situations, it’s probably more worthwhile to point out to “toxic people” that they may need to revaluate how they perceive situations and how often they let irritating moments influence their entire day. Everybody has ups and downs in life and at work, and sometimes all we need is a fresh perspective to help us get back on track. It may sound cheesy or cliché, but finding the silver lining in an undesirable situation can really go a long way – for yourself, and for your peers.

What are some of the ways that you try to promote a positive environment at work? Let us know in the comments!

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