BBC Content Team
Minimizing Workplace Negativity
Workplace negativity has a spiraling effect on your workforce. One negative employee can infect a department or a work team. Minimizing workplace negativity is a top priority and needs to be handled with as soon as possible. Workplace negativity also affects an employees morale, the overall outlook, attitude, satisfaction, and confidence that employees feel at work. It causes a loss of energy at your workplace and it diverts the attention from work and performance that you want to be the focus of your employees' efforts.
There are multiple ways of minimizing workplace negativity. First before anything is taken place you have to diagnose this workplace negativity. Figure out what people are negative about. To do this you can talk to your employees and identify the exact employee groups who are experiencing the negativity. One tip is that you should allow employees to express their opinions. Providing timely, proactive responses to questions and concerns allows employees to be more comfortable in their workplace environment. Another tip is to use consistent fair treatment. Avoid favoritism by having the same standard of accountability and system of rewards on all employees. Make sure that your employees know you trust and respect them. Start from a position of trust when you hire a new employee. Don’t keep your mindset that your employee has to earn your trust. The last tip is that you should provide opportunities for growth. Training and opportunities for promotions are clear signs of an organization’s commitment to staff. By minimizing workplace negativity you and your employees will have a clear mindset and work the best they can in their environment.