As a leader, you’ll know that a go-getter attitude is key to fulfilling your goals. But instilling this within your team can be a little bit more complicated. Negativity in the workplace can quash engagement and impede productivity, making it vital to nip negative attitudes in the bud as early as possible. To help you tackle these issues head-on and get your team back on track with a positive mindset, here are some tips on overcoming negativity in your organisation. 

Understand the problem

The first step to boosting morale within the workplace is understanding the root cause of any negative to tackle it head-on. Are your whole team exuding negativity, or is one individual bringing the group down? Is the sentiment anger, frustration or simply apathy? Take the time to speak with your team and understand their challenges and frustrations. Regular meetings and one-to-ones can be invaluable for gathering feedback – so that you can begin to identify issues and develop a plan to resolve them.

Developing a shared vision

One of the main reasons employees develop a negative attitude is that they feel detached from the business and its leaders. There’s a lot to be said for involving your team when defining your business’s vision and goals; asking for their input will make them feel a part of the company and its success – creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Team building days are a fun, interactive and hands-on way to bring your team together.  As well as giving your workforce a change of scenery from the four walls of the office, it will also give you a chance to bond beyond the traditional boundaries of manager-employee, encouraging trust and mutual understanding.

Maintain morale to prevent negativity in the workplace

Tackling negativity in the workplace shouldn’t be a one-off initiative, though.  To overcome issues and maintain positive momentum, it’s vital to prioritise your team’s happiness and well-being on a continual basis. Rewards like a free meal or early finish for high-performers will encourage your team to work to their full potential. Meanwhile, little things can have a big impact on morale.  Consider initiatives such as flexible hours, dress down days, beers in the office on a Friday afternoon, or assigning employees to organise socials outside of work, which can all help to create and maintain a happy and motivated workforce.  The possibilities are endless, with plenty of scope to be creative!

The sooner you recognise negativity and tackle the root causes, the sooner you can improve motivation and positivity within the workplace.


Author: Gemma Rolstone | Published 2nd June 2016


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