3 Ways to Minimize Workplace Negativity

Tuesday June 20th, 2017

workplace-negativityBad days happen to everyone. Even the most positive people hit a slump from time to time. Unfortunately a slump can be contagious. As a leader in your workplace, your job is to stay on top of the environment your team is working in to ensure that one bad attitude doesn’t become everyone’s problem.  

So, what can you do to cut back on workplace negativity to ensure that each member of your team is given the opportunity to work in a stress-free, positive, productive environment? Here are 3 ways to minimize workplace negativity.

Lead by Example

The first and best way to influence the atmosphere in your office is to demonstrate positivity yourself. Your team’s collective attitude is a reflection of your leadership, and what they witness and experience from you will set the tone for your company culture. If you lead negatively, your team will follow suit.

Negative leadership doesn’t just relate to your attitude and outlook on your job. You’re allowed to have a bad day sometimes too. But positive leadership is all about the way you communicate with your employees, the way you discipline, or the way you handle a crisis. Every move you make within your office is on display, and will be mirrored by your team.

Be the kind of boss, supervisor or manager your employees are happy to work for. Motivate your team with positive reinforcement and recognition for jobs well done. When your team has a problem to tackle, roll up your sleeves and work alongside them instead of hiding in your office barking commands. Be the person you would want to work for, and you’re guaranteed to have a positive impact on your team.

Monitor Employee Morale

When you’re managing a team, there are many responsibilities that come along with that job. But none of them are really as important as keeping your finger on the pulse of employee morale in your office. Yes, deadlines must be met and budgets must be balanced, but if you don’t keep a constant focus on the mindset of your team, you’re likely to face a much larger problem in the future. Employee morale, if left on the back burner, can easily turn sour when employees no longer feel that their wellbeing is of value to management.

The easiest way to monitor employee morale is by taking a regular survey of what’s working and what’s not in your office. Give your team a chance to voice their concerns and celebrate successes by having them answer a few simple questions about their life at work. The answers may surprise you, as many people are more comfortable sharing their thoughts anonymously than they are in person. Offering regular opportunities for your employees to share their opinions will ensure that each team member feels valued and respected, which will go a long way for keeping the negativity at bay.

Keep an Open Dialogue

While many people aren’t willing to speak up at the office meeting, or approach you privately about their concerns, it is important for your team to know that the option is available to them. Encourage them to speak freely when they encounter a problem or are feeling dissatisfied at work. Great leaders care about their teams, and encouraging open communication demonstrates your care for your team.

Part of great communication is listening with an open mind. When you encourage your employees to be open with their concerns and complaints, you need to be willing to truly hear them and seek a peaceful resolution on their behalf. Be a leader who cares about what your team is trying to communicate. You’ll build a strong team on a foundation of trust and respect.

Minimizing workplace negativity all boils down to one thing: Be a leader who cares. Period. A leader who cares is one who will make time for important conversations and who will never put employee morale on the back burner. A leader who cares recognizes they set the tone for the rest of the team, and makes the effort to be the boss they’d want to work for. Be a leader who cares, and negativity will be the least of your concerns.