We've all been there - worked in a negative work environment, whether it involved a difficult co-worker or a bad boss. What do you do in those circumstances?
Author Paula Renaye has a new book out called The Hard-Line Self Help Handbook. She tackles a lot of tough issues. The following is her take on workplace negativity.
I think three of her most important points are:
- Take responsibility for your attitude. Just because others are negative doesn't mean you need to join in. This is especially important for women. Focus on what you can do vs. what you can't.
- Own your choice. If it's that bad, find a way out. I know the job market is tough right now, but discreetly explore options to try to find a way out.
- Own your actions. If you're a manager and your employees are all negative, look at yourself and your role. Be willing to accept feedback.
OK Paula - take it away.
Office Politics Self Help—10 Ways to soar like an eagle even if you’re working with turkeys
By Paula Renaye
Working environments are interesting little microcosms of life with relationships that function—or don’t—from the top down.
I once worked as a subcontractor for man who owned a small consulting company. He often complained that he just couldn't get ahead because of all the dumb people messing things up for him. His great ideas and big deals would work if everyone would just do things his way.