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Tips of Minimising Workplace Negativity

By HR Advisory, 3EA
Tips of Minimising Workplace Negativity

Organisations around the world have realised the importance of positive workplace and are actively adopting measures to ensure the same. A positive work environment not only ensures a higher return on investment on human resource efforts but also adds to company's overall profitability.

According to a recent Research, there exists a significant correlation between workplace positivity and organisation productivity. Globally, companies are taking note of this link and the pay-offs are already visible. It has been found that positivity among employees led to a 12% hike in their productivity. Subsequently, employees with a negative mindset were found to be 10% less productive than their positive counterparts.

Even in the best of organisations and most capable of teams, negative vibrations adversely affect an otherwise effective workplace. In fact, negativity in even a single employee can drive a group of engaged, productive contributors to a performance vacuum, which in turn disrupts the collective energy of the entire team.

After the realisation of how imperative it is to counter a negative work environment, companies are increasingly focussing on measures to combat the same. Following are few tips to overcoming negativity at workplace;

  1. Express gratitude:
    The power of gratitude and its positive effects on both individual mindset, and performance have been established by several researchers. Inculcating expression of gratitude in routine by an employee adds to the individual's positive outlook and leads to enhanced engagement, which in turn leads to more personal productivity for both the employee & organisation.

  2. Being respectful of others' work:
    Conflicts at workplace are common, and some level of conflict may even be essential in team building measures. You may have a difference of opinion and may not agree with certain ideas your peers have, however, it is imperative that you give due respect for contributions made by your peers. A general sense of mutual respect contributes to a positive outlook and productive frame of mind.

  3. Proactive Communication:
    All productive organisations have one thing in common: they encourage open, articulate communication. Avoiding communicating, even if to avoid conflict leads to the feeling of having to hold back, and the build up of that is often a negative mind set.

  4. Self Cultivate Positivity on an ongoing basis:
    One of the most effective methods to eliminate of minimising negativity is to constantly cultivate a positive outlook. An company can have a positive workplace only if all its employees learn to be inherently optimistic. The power of positive thinking has been proved to aid in favourable outcomes.

  5. Letting go of Naysayers & Eternal Pessimists:
    Human resources teams are increasingly using various pre selection behavioural analysis to ensure they hire employees with the right frame of mind. With emotional intelligence and behavioural competency being regarded as equally more important, if not more, selection of employees with the right attitude has taken precedence over just hiring on basis of functional merit.
    Despite these measures, almost all organisations have to deal with few perpetual naysayers who find something wrong in every situation. Such resources have an adverse impact on rest of the team members and the overall team performance. More and more talent management practitioners' now believe in 'cutting loose of bad apples to prevent rotting of whole lot'. Ongoing employee engagement exercises are carried out in most organisation to identify perpetual pessimists who can be detrimental to the entre team's productivity. Research suggests that letting go of such negative influences within an organisation becomes necessary to preserve an organisation's culture and performance.

In conclusion, the first step to overcoming workplace negativity is identifying it. The best place to start is a self assessment and then identifying outliers with team/company post which corrective measures should be taken to rectify the same. Over the years, this has become a critical focus area for human resources professionals to address in their organisations.

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Article by: HR Advisory, 3EA