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4 Tips to Rise Above Negativity at Work

Posted September 23, 2014 by Lindsay Laughnan in On the Ladder
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Do you work in an environment where you feel that the tension can literally be cut with a knife? Spending eight to nine hours per day in an environment that you perceive as negative and stressful can take a toll on a Career Girl’s health, but only if you allow it.

Here are some tips to rise above the negativity at work!

  • Focus on Solutions – Do you notice that co-workers who appear to have minimum stress are also solution focused? Instead of focusing on what you don’t like about your job or work environment, choose to focus on strategies that will allow you to gain more job satisfaction. Focusing on solutions opens the door for opportunities!
  • Avoid Taking Criticism Personally – Yes, your boss, clients, and even your co-workers may give you feedback that you perceive as critical. Instead of perceiving the feedback as a blow to your self-worth or character, try to view it solely as business-related. When you avoid taking criticism personally, you are more likely to be able to move forward and remain productive.
  • Trust that your Optimistic Attitude Will Pay Off – You might be the only one in your office who possesses an optimistic attitude and that’s okay! Even if you don’t think that people notice your optimistic attitude, they do and your positivity will become contagious!
  • Rise Above Sinking to their Level – It’s easy to get caught up in office gossip, politics, and negativity. It’s important to have a plan of what you’ll do to avoid it. It might be as simple as stepping away when your co-workers begin to gossip.

Now it’s time to take action! What tip resonates with you the most to rise above negativity at work?



About the Author

Lindsay Laughnan

Lindsay coaches 20's and 30's women to improve their career, dating, health, and finances to live their Thirtylicious life. She partners with clients to help them design a career lifestyle that is a perfect fit for their priorities, dreams, and desires! Besides being passionate about coaching, Lindsay loves blogging, experimenting with green smoothie recipes, practicing yoga, exploring hiking trails, and purple nail polish.