How to Avoid Letting a Negative Person Affect You at Work
Work environments filled with unhappiness fuel negativity
Studies have shown the energy of our co-workers can impact how we feel on a day-to-day basis. When our work environment is filled with unhappy feelings — or people — our own happiness can suffer.
“Negative relationships at work can create a toxic environment characterized by conflict, criticism, jealousy, and rejection,” Jessica R. Methot, Ph.D., an associate professor at the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University, tells Thrive. In addition to creating a toxic workplace, negative people can drag us down and get in the way of reaching our career goals. “We can find ourselves replaying negative conversations over and over again, distracting us from our work and draining our energy,” she adds. “That’s why it’s important to manage these relationships strategically.”
Here are a few tips that will help you stay positive, no matter who’s around.
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