“Be thankful for the difficult people in your life, for they have shown you exactly who you don’t want to
be.” – Author Unknown
You walk into work and hear someone say, “Oh, I’d better clock in.” You reply with, “Only if you want to get paid.” The final response, “It’s the only reason I’m here.” Sound familiar? Maybe the tone reflects on moments you’ve experienced where you work. It doesn’t exactly set the mood for the day. It can put you in a difficult position. Unfortunately, it happens far too often. Sure, we all have days where we feel like we are not at the top of our game but to have this negativity routinely can be hard to tolerate in a work environment and leave you feeling stressed.
Toxic people have a way of infecting an entire work area. It can be easy to overlook the ripple effect at first but when your eyes and ears finally open to it, it’s unnerving. It can range from someone constantly making negative comments about work situations to gossiping about others. Ultimately, negativity in the work place is contagious and dangerous.
Creating a positive work environment may not be as difficult as you think. Here are a few ideas to help
1. STAY POSITIVE
Challenge yourself. If someone says something negative-give a positive comment in return. Make this a daily ritual. It doesn’t have to be just at work either. You would be amazed at how it can turn someone’s mood around.
Keep these on hand at all times and give them to someone who sends out a negative comment or gesture. Tell them it looks like they need it more than you. It really confuses them and can sometimes get them to stop and think about how they are acting.
3. WALK AWAY
Simply by removing yourself from the situation keeps you out of reach to have any kind of effect. This may not always be possible but can at least reduce how much you have to endure when you can.
Make a comment to get their attention as to how their behavior is affecting others. You might say something like, “I’m sorry you’re having such a bad day”. If someone is gossiping about someone at work, make a positive comment about the person such as, “I like the way that _______treats others/answers the phone. It doesn’t matter. Just keep it positive.
5. NEVER JUDGE
No one is perfect. It has been in my own experiences that those who tend to talk about others or talk negative about work are unhappy with their outside lives. For them, talking about others makes their own lives seem better. By thinking about where they may be coming from, it can help you to understand why the person acts as they do.
The bottom line is that how you react to the situation presented to you will often set the tone for your day. Envision the work place that would be ideal to you and work to change it. It doesn’t take much to turn the negative into positive. Focus on what’s important to you. Best of luck.
Cheryl Olvitt is an avid dental hygienist who has expanded her dental duties to help other hygienists evolve their dental professions into a more practical environment. Visit here website at hygieneconceptsllc.com