Negativity is detrimental to the workplace, and affects both the morale and production in an office. It decreases confidence levels, increases haste, and can cost the company its best employees. From nonchalant complaints to sarcastic comments, it is easy to poison the air and create an unpleasant environment for everyone. The sooner the Human Resources Team or Executive Management identifies negative energy, the easier it will be to contain and remedy.
How should you combat a negative environment in the office?
- Implement Positivity into the Company Culture
Do people complain too much at your workplace? If so, do something to change it! Negativity breeds negativity, and the best way to overcome it is by replacing it with an equally dominant force.Hiring individuals with qualities and core values like positivity, optimism and the drive to help others will improve the company from the inside out. If you notice that there are employees that do not portray the same vision and mission as the company does, the work environment will improve by removing them from the equation. Focus on celebrating accomplishments and victories together, rather than pointing fingers when things go wrong.
- Be as Transparent as Possible
Negativity grows when employees are left in the dark, and have no idea what is happening behind the scenes with a company. Whether there is positive news like attaining a new client, or negative news like a wage freeze, employers should be upfront and honest with their employees. Being upfront and honest helps to build and maintain trust, which will increase production and engagement.
- Encourage Fun at Work
Work does not need to be serious all the time. Encouraging a fun and exciting atmosphere will limit the negativity spread throughout the workplace. Employees that have fun at work are more productive, happier, and more likely to give 110% to the company. On the other hand, employees that feel like a work-horse are more likely to be disengaged, sluggish, and less productive.
- Listen and Learn
Employees that feel like they have no voice are often a culprit of spreading negativity in the company. Instead of blaming wrongdoings solely on the employee, take time to consider what, as an employer, could have done differently to change the outcome of the situation. With any negative situation comes the opportunity to learn and grow from your experience.
Combating negativity in the workplace can be a daunting task for any employer or HR team. The most effective way to handle it is by getting in front of the problem, and implementing strategies to maintain a positive company culture. Encouraging positivity and a more inclusive environment will alleviate negative vibes from the air, increase productivity and overall happiness of employees.