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How to deal with negativity in work environment
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Now lets talk practical – here are some “off the shelf” strategies to use when dealing with negative people.

 

1. Its not necessarily your job to have to cheer them up, solve their problems or provide a a solution
Its natural that we would want to try cheer up negative person. But we should be aware it will not work – and in most cases it’s not your business anyway! Stay wise… move on to the 2nd strategy.

2. Provide support
It’s often helpful if you just provide a non-judgmental ear, be sympathetic, listen with compassion.
Thats it… simple… just listen!

3. Just smile and remain detached
Some negative people are just looking for your negative reaction. So don’t allow yourself to be drawn into their mood. Learn to distance yourself from them emotionally.
Remember! – You can even leave their association if you feel your own mood changing.

4. Do not engage in negativity
It is easy to react to a negative comment with negativity.
Don’t fall into the trap, you must decide before the interaction gets deeper to not argue;
Comment to their communication with something neutral like “ok, I see”, then follow up with your positive thoughts.
Remember! – don’t contradict the person – it will lead to an argument.

5. Steer the conversation
Stay in control, if you see an opening to change the topic then politely move the conversation in that direction.

6. Focus on the positive
Get them to see a positive light, get them somehow to share something positive from the situation.
This is obviously at a later point in the conversation. Consciously guide them to the point where they can see positives, and get them to voice them!

7. Reinforce the positive
React to positivity, positively! Show appreciation for something they shared that is good, positive or progressive. Complement them and share with them the happiness of hearing them speak that way. Bring them back to past positive exchanges, and remember the feeling that you shared then.

8. Set boundaries
Protect yourself  – set your own boundaries. Be there when you’re needed but at the same time set limits with negative people… especially be conscious on how much time you allow if you are not feeling tip-top emotionally.
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