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1 Negativity Cornell Dillard Department Equal Opportunity Officer Officer Defeating

2 IdentifyingIdentifying Negativity ConsequencesConsequences of Negativity NeutralizingNeutralizing Negativity

3 Negativity negativity Negativity requires nourishment to develop and grow. Failure to stand against negativity causes it to continue and to flourish! Identifying negativity What are you doing – or not doing – when negativity is exposed?

4 Indentifying personalities is the best tool in recognizing negativity in the workplace Indentifying personalities is the best tool in recognizing negativity in the workplace – This allows greater understanding of the different emotional display of individuals.Identifying

5 Negativity is a Habit! Negativity is a Habit! It becomes a part of the culture. “This is normal” “Same ol’, same ol” Consequences – Negativity – Negativity will affect you as a worker, both mentally and physically. – Remember: Workers in a negative environment are likely to take their attitude home with them.

6 Performance Problems Performance Problems – – A work climate of distrust or mistrust reduces productivity and morale. – Distracted or disenchanted employees make preventable mistakes. Consequences – Employees spend too much time complaining and griping, and not enough time working.

7 Performance Problems Performance Problems – – Time is spent tracking down rumors and gossip instead of doing our jobs. – Employees are talking badly about other departments, customer or clients. Consequences – Employees question the motives or “hidden agendas” behind simple changes or requests.

8 Performance Problems Performance Problems – – The negative environment is causing employees to be absent from work, request a transfer or simply quit. Consequences – Back-stabbing and rumor mongering is creating an adverse relationship between supervisors and employees.

9 Negativity Negativity can waste valuable time and resourcesConsequences – Your co-workers discusses a change recently introduced by management. You get drawn into the debate. You find yourself in an endless discussion and waste your valuable time. – Remember: Gossiping or arguing your case not only wastes time but also reduces productivity.

10 A Negative A Negative mindset affects your health, negatively!Consequences – It makes you more prone to the harmful effects of stress and other physical and psychological ailments. – Remember: Individuals with a habitually negative disposition could have a higher risk of memory and mental health problems, including depression.

11 Negative Focusing on the Negative only contributes to its powerConsequences – It can influence your thoughts. You soon might become quite negative and cynical. – You fail to communicate effectively and tend to trivialize things more often. – Remember: You may soon become part of the problem rather than part of the solution.

12 Negativity is neutralized by becoming aware of it source Negativity is neutralized by becoming aware of it source!Neutralizing – It is not what they are doing that bothers you, it is your opinion about what they are doing that is bothering. – According to polls by Gallup: more than two thirds of the workplace is considered to be “disengaged”.

13 Avoiding The habit of Avoiding hard discussions and decisions must be overcome to make progress towards a positive culture. Neutralizing

14 Refrain from negative thinking Refrain from negative thinking Neutralizing  You must step up and confront gossip. Each individual needs to take initiative instead of passively waiting for things to change.  How to confront gossip?

15 Confronting gossip: Confronting gossip: Neutralizing  You may want to provide productive & non-confrontational options such as:  This information has nothing to do with me and my work  I don’t like to engage in gossip

16 Confronting gossip: Confronting gossip: Neutralizing  I don’t like to speculate on matters that I don’t have first hand knowledge about Remember: When you leave, you may be the Gossiper’s next subject!  Confront the whiners and complainers.

17 Understanding negative attitude Understanding negative attitude Neutralizing  Don’t play the victim.  The helpless approach only promotes a powerless culture.  Take responsibility for our decisions and actions.  Stop blaming others.

18 Recognize negative habits Recognize negative habits Neutralizing  Improve your communication.  How we frame our sentences and the words we use have a big role in either feeding or defusing negativity.  Words like always, never, everything, everybody, etc. can easily distort reality.

19 Combat negative environments Combat negative environments Neutralizing  Improve inter-personal relationship.  Build trust between you and supervisors  Build trust between you and your co-workers  Build trust between you and your customers.

20 Despite popular opinion, Despite popular opinion, work is not the place for gossip. It only creates animosity, tension, and ill-will. Neutralizing understand understood Take the time to understand and how to make sure that you are understood by others.

21 NegativityPositivity  When you do self- examination...

22 Negativity may be contagious

23 Positivity can be the cure

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25 Any Question? Cornell Dillard Chief Human Relations Officer


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