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Leadership Tips: Bust the Negative Attitude

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It happens. Negativity can gradually, then suddenly, creep into your team, your office, even your home.

Negativity is often underestimated on an everyday level, however, its impact can be quite large. In fact, a 2012 Fierce survey shared that 78% of the respondents cited a negative attitude as the key trait of a toxic employee. Negativity trumped gossiping, laziness, and passive-aggressiveness.

Can you think of someone in your life that is consistently negative?

Urban Dictionary defines a Negative Nancy as “someone who commonly whines, complains, or looks at the bad side of things.” A Negative Nancy or Negative Nick does not approach situations with solutions or ideas, but rather, examples of why the situations are so horrible.

In short: We don’t need these people in our lives. Why do we put up with it?

This week’s tip is to address a negative attitude with someone in your life before it gets worse. Get to the point, and don’t let it fester.

We all deserve to travel a little lighter.

Do you think negativity is the key trait of a toxic employee? Tell us in our current toxic employee survey that launched last week herehere.


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