I have often said that the negative attitude of a person started out to be positive but, because of the environment, it broke down, decomposed. Because they are immature and not in control of their emotions, their positive attitude is environmentally sensitive.
I think they start the day on a positive note but then, they have a spat with their spouse, “Oh, he flossed his teeth in front of the mirror again, he knows I hate that.” Then, the kids are out of control when they try to get them off to school or daycare. Then, it’s raining, bad enough it’s a Monday. Then, some jerk cuts them off on the highway. Then, they get to work and they find out their favorite co-worker called in sick and they think, “Oh! Why didn’t he tell me he was going to call in sick? I would have called in sick too.”
Dealing with a co-workers’ negative attitude can kill your productivity and take away all the enjoyment at work. You come in at 9: AM with a ‘can do’ attitude and by noon your negative cube-mate has pull you down to his level.
While you can’t really be a pseudo-therapist, you’re not Dr. Phil, you can be an influence on their attitude by practicing these ideas. Things are not hopeless for you, you have a fightin’ chance. Here are a few quick tips.
Set the Example: You want your co-work to come to work well-dressed and professionally groomed, you come to work well-dressed and professionally groomed. You want your teammates to come to work with a positive attitude, you come to work with a positive attitude. You want your kids to get good grades in school, read a book in front of them. Remember to be the change you seek. Continue reading