Need help with negativity at work? The typical workplace has its ups and downs in terms of employee negativity. Many workplaces are trying to be employee oriented to cure negativity and encourage engagement. But, even the most employee oriented workplace can shudder under the weight of negative thinking.
When employers understand the causes of negativity and put in place measures to prevent negativity, negativity fails to gain a foothold in the work environment.
A couple of years ago, Towers Perrin and researchers Gang & Gang interviewed employees and discovered the five main causes of negativity at work:
- An excessive workload;
- Concerns about management's ability to lead the company forward successfully;
- Anxiety about the future, particular longer-term job, income and retirement security;
- Lack of challenge in their work, with boredom intensifying existing frustration about workload; and
- Insufficient recognition for the level of contribution and effort provided, and concerns that pay isn't commensurate with performance.
Negativity at work exists for other reasons, too. Employees become upset by decisions, new policies, and changes in direction. An employee may not like his new boss. Communication and employee involvement go a long way toward solving the day-to-day negativity, but deal with the above five to cure the most pervasive reasons for negativity.
What causes negativity in your workplace? How do you deal with a negative coworker?
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