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  • How to Prevent Negativity from Creeping into Your Corporate Culture

    07/13/16 12:55 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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    Debbie Downers. Negative Nellys. Haters.

    Most organizations have them. But whatever you call them, one thing is certain: workplace negativity is like a disease. Let it creep into your corporate culture, and it will rapidly fuel disengagement, distrust, turnover, diminished productivity – and sheer misery (who wants to work in an environment like that?).

    Your bottom line will take a hit, too. According to this CCP Inc. study on workplace conflict, U.S. employees spent 2.8 hours per week dealing with conflict and other negativity. This equates to approximately $359 billion in paid hours (based on average hourly earnings of $17.95), equal to 385 million working days.

    Is there a cure for all the griping, hostility and backbiting? Absolutely. Follow Exact Staff’s “prescription” for preventing negativity from undermining the success of your team:

    Encourage constructive conflict.

    One of the best ways to eliminate negativity is by channeling it in a healthier way. When employees disagree and “lock horns,” train them to view the situation differently. Teach them how to understand the other’s viewpoint, appreciate differences and focus on solutions. Though discussions may become heated and contentious, they can lead to positive outcomes if managed properly.

    Integrate positivity.

    Want to really make positivity a permanent part of your corporate culture? Add it to your organization’s list of core values. Make it a hiring requirement. Share positive work stories in weekly business meetings. Have more fun at work. Do whatever you can to weave optimism into the fabric of your organization.

    Keep your ear to the ground.

    Banishing negativity isn’t a once-and-done event; it’s a continual process. To keep it at bay, check in with your employees several times each year. Discuss their observations and concerns about your corporate culture. If you learn about potential problems, take feedback seriously – and act decisively. Proactively combating negativity sends a clear message that you take corporate culture seriously – and truly care about your employees.

    Hire smarter.

    Sometimes you just have to cut bad apples loose. Make it a goal to release chronically negative employees and systematically replace them with staunch optimists. Look for individuals who can engage in healthy conflict with a positive attitude, respect others and are upbeat even in tough circumstances.

    Need more positive people on your team?

    Exact Staff’s recruiting experts will refer candidates with the personality traits and soft skills to help you build a more positive culture. Contact our national employment agency today to get started.

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