Negative Work Environment:
to Stay Positive in a Negative Work Environment
work ethic is part of the American lifestyle. We like to contribute,
take pride in our effort and get compensated financially and emotionally.
Work is about integrating our personal rhythm with daily routines
and other people. As we get busy, life gets rushed; our personal
equilibrium gets harder to maintain and as a result we are giving
others partial attention. We make mistakes and misunderstandings
occur. Thats when negative situations begin to
occur at the workplace.
and Tom who work for a software company were assigned a prominent
market research project to evaluate the competition for the companys
new software product. During the first week of the project Mark
kept seeing Tom working on other assignments and finally lashed
out at him for not pulling his weight. Fortunately, Tom calmly explained
that he was tying up loose ends, clearing his desk, so that he could
devote his complete attention to their project. Marks mind
reading almost sabotaged the team spirit.
stay positive requires restoring your natural rhythm to be in sync
with others. Instead of expending useless energy plotting an angry
response, or carrying around a weight of resentment by constantly
tallying up every additional remark or action, try allowing people
to be who they are and not forcing them to be who you are!
are some suggestions for turning a negative work environment into
you start to feel negative, fool around, do nothing and relax.
You will reap the amazing benefit of the creative process by releasing
wasted energy and opening up a conduit for creative ideas to come
your personal stress levels which helps you to be resilient and
not jump to conclusions. If you are hungry, take a break and eat.
If you are sleepy, take a ten minute power nap. If you are irritable,
take a walk.
to the negative situation; dont react. Look for positive
qualities in the people who push your button and go out of your
way to be helpful.
moods occur when you make the most of yourself not turning
your attention to others.
to the situation or the person, rather than impose
places with your adversary at work. How does he or she see you?
How can you help them? Be affirmative, not negative.
worry about failing. Worry more about failing to be kind, open
and understanding. Everybody fails and gets rejected. Failure
helps you to grow and succeed. However, if you are unkind and
act without integrity even if you achieve success, you are suppressed
inside as a person.
be relaxed and happy at work you must have a sense of yourself and
your specific talent. Also, you need to be self-aware, to gauge
your own behavior, motivation and personal rhythm, always on the
alert when you cross the line into negativity. Know your triggers
and try to understand them. Make a commitment to internal peace
and dont wait for external circumstances to create peace for
you because peace and serenity begin inside and emanate outward.
You possess the power to change your work environment.
Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness
for Body, Mind and Soul, a stress-reduction specialist, motivational
speaker, a personal trainer and mind/body lecturer at Southampton
College. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light
Show on WHLI 1100AM in New York City , produces a weekly wellness
newsletter, and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media.
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