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How to Work With the Office’s Negative Nancy

August 27th, 2014

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There is always that one person in the office that brings everyone else down. A bad attitude, a horrible work ethic, or just  delighting in being a “pain”, these individuals can make a serious difference in the workplace productivity and atmosphere. If you are struggling with such a person, whether you are a co-worker, manager or the employer, it is up to you to take steps to minimize the risks of this one “Negative Nancy” destroying your office success.

Business Owners Stay Close

One of the biggest things busy business owners and managers need to do to impact company morale is just to be a part of it. Sometimes, the owner themselves is creating this negative scenario. In other cases, the owner is so busy he or she is unable to see the office politics playing out. By being aware of the morale present, you already are taking steps to improve the situation.

Know What Motivates People

Perhaps the person is talented enough that you want to keep them around. You may be unable to show the individual the door. In these situations, it is best to find a way to motivate them. To do this, you will need to figure out what motivates them and then to use that as an encouragement to improve their attitude and overall outlook. It is the job of management to know what motivates individuals to perform at their best and to make that possible.

Confront the Problem

Yes, management needs to confront the person that is zapping the morale of the office space and find out what exactly the problem is. Sometimes, all it takes is a long conversation about what is bothering this person to get them to be back on track. In other cases, they just need to be told that it is not working. Use it as a training tool or a step towards ushering the non-team player out of the company if things do not change.

One negative attitude can drop productivity in the office space quickly. That can cost you big time. To avoid this, be aware of what is happening in your office and take actions to improve the circumstances whenever possible.

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