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Company Culture: 11 Ways to Get Rid of Workplace Negativity

Written by: PeopleKeep Team
December 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM

A positive, upbeat, productive workplace should be your number one goal for your small business - andfield-328962_640 you’re not going to let workplace negativity stop you from achieving that goal. As such, we’ve rounded up 11 ways you can get rid of workplace negativity and make positive attitudes part of your company’s culture.

#1) It starts with you. If you want workplace negativity to stop, you’ll have to make an extra effort. This includes speaking positively about others, being optimistic, and catching others when they are not being positive.

#2) Make a policy and stick to it. If you have a written policy to live by, employees will have a way to be held accountable. Don’t stray from the policy, make sure everyone in your company is aware of it and understands it.  

#3) Never excuse bad behavior. It can be tempting to brush off the actions of an employee. However, doing this will make it seem that you are favoring some employees over others. As stated previously, your employees should know the policy. If they are caught, they must be disciplined appropriately in order for negativity to cease in your company’s workplace.

#4) Learn patience. It’s going to take time no matter how you slice it. Learning to be positive, for most people, is a working progress and your patience with yourself and others will pay off in the end.

#5) Communicate with your employees. The more you choose to communicate with your employees, the quicker workplace negativity will dissipate. If an employee is having a bad day, let them know you understand, and find a way to help cheer them up as a team.

#6) Hire right the first time. If you hire positive people, chances are your workplace will have less negativity. It’s easy to spot a positive potential employee. In their interview, give them specific examples of negative situations and see if their answers are positive answers.

#7) Make positivity a habit. Learning to be positive can be an ongoing process, but once you have it down, make it a habit so that you don’t lose it. It’s easier to maintain a good habit than re-learn it.

#8) Be specific. If one of your employees is being negative, give them a specific example of how they reacted and how they can be more positive. This way, they will be able to better catch themselves in the action of being negative.  

#9) Teach employees to be grateful. One of the best ways to get rid of workplace negativity is to be grateful. Teach your employees to be grateful for the little things like a successful work day, great weather, a company lunch, etc. Their attitudes will slowly become grateful and positive instead of ungrateful and negative.

#10) Make positivity part of your culture. There are many ways to do this, but establishing a positive company culture starts with employees and their efforts. Once one employee decides to be positive, it can spread like wildfire. Write positive quotes on boards and walls, or in emails. Every positive action, sentence, and conversation will lead to a positive company culture. Read more tips on company culture here.

#11) Find a role model. If you can find one employee who is an ideal example of positivity in the workplace, talk to them and let them know that they are doing a fantastic job. Then, you can let them know they are a workplace role model. Ask them to actively seek to help others be positive by their words and actions. Eventually, you’ll have multiple role models that are actively, subtly, ridding your office of workplace negativity.

What ways have you been successful in getting rid of workplace negativity? We’d love to hear your great ideas. Comment below and let us know.


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Topics: Employee Retention, Small Business, Human Resources