Negative colleagues not only act as a de-motivator but can have a seriously detrimental effect on you achieving your goals. Saying “I don’t do negative people” is easier said than done. Below are 3 good tips on how to avoid negative people.
1. Hang out amongst a positive group.
If you have lunch every day with at least one other positive person, when a negative person enters the fray, you will not receive the full impact of their negativity as their negative commentary will be distributed amongst the group. Avoid 1 on 1 situations wherever possible.
2. Don’t engage in arguments
Of course, if a person is saying something you fundamentally and strongly disagree with you will feel obliged to rebut what they are saying.
Remember that for every positive you say, your negative colleague will usually come back with several negatives, dragging you down in the process. If possible, move on or change the topic if you cannot get away.
3. Show Empathy
Usually when you ask how someone is and they respond with an array of problems, try and formulate and convey a few solutions to their problems. This should immediately reduce their negativity as you are presenting them with “light at the end of the tunnel”.
Negative colleagues in the workplace can have a devastating effect on morale and will ultimately lead to a drop in performance. Ideally, they should be avoided. However, this is often not possible so the next best solution is to mitigate against their negativity by hanging out in groups, not engaging in arguments and by trying to show empathy whenever possible.