Negativity in the Workplace

By Paula Santonocito

smw - negativity in the workplaceYour job can either help lift your spirits or it can bring you down.

Sure, sometimes circumstances are beyond your control. However, it helps to be alert to negative forces—and do your best to avoid or counteract them.

Big Picture Issues

Circumstances beyond your control include, you guessed it, the economy. To say that economic conditions have impacted the workplace is an understatement. Employers have implemented layoffs, furloughs, pay cuts, and other measures to deal with declining demand for goods and services and the subsequent decline in revenues.

This has created a climate that, admittedly, can be difficult. When coworkers get the axe it doesn’t exactly boost the morale of the people who remain.

Pay cuts can be equally hard to handle, especially for single women who are typically their only source of financial support. For single mothers, having less income can be even more stressful.

Even if your take-home pay hasn’t been affected in the past year, chances are your work environment has become more somber. It may be that your coworkers have been impacted by changes your employer has made. Or perhaps they have family members who are unemployed and they feel additional pressure.

No matter what the circumstances, it’s likely someone you interact with on a daily basis is struggling more than they were a year or two ago.

The Day to Day

As a result, in one way or another, so are you. When negativity enters a work environment, it’s very difficult to ignore it.

People become less engaged in their jobs and less upbeat personally.