Sportsman John Brodie said: “There are certain times when an entire team will leap up a few notches…every ounce of their attention- and intention- focused on a common goal, and all their energy flowing in the same direction.”
This anecdote was shared by academics Beck and Hillmar and illustrates the essence of a positive working environment, one that they say is united, aware, contributing without constraint, listening, supporting, taking risks and trusting.
But what happens when an individual is negative, when they’re obstructive, unhelpful, pessimistic, and this begins to impact upon the team? We discuss how you can deal with negativity in the workplace.
Beck and Hillmar talk of energy as being the vitality and vigour of an organisation which enables staff to complete tasks, develop and maintain relationships and think creatively, but they say that this energy can be neutralised by the presence of negative employees.
And they also suggest ways of dealing with negativity like cultural transformation as even unconscious or non-verbalised norms can contribute greatly to the feel of an organisation- and people’s attitudes within it.