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Workplace negativity can kill your productivity and hurt your motivation, concentration and engagement. These strategies will help you contend with complainers and whiners at work to protect your efficiency and your sanity.
"There's a big difference between bringing your attention to something that's awry and a complaint," Blake told Inc. "Typically, people who are complaining don't want a solution, they just want you to join in the indignity of the whole thing. You can almost hear brains clink when six people get together and start saying, 'Isn't it terrible?' This will damage your brain even if you're just passively listening. And if you try to change their behavior, you'll become the target of the complaint."
Gallup research indicates that workgroups with high negativity rates also have higher rates of quality defects and absenteeism; their productivity is also lower when compared to more positive workplaces. How do you fight negativity at work?
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