Workplace Negativity

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A Study of Managing Workplace Negativity ORIENTATION TO TOPIC People with negative emotions have a much greater chance of experiencing negative stress and are more likely to experience dissatisfaction with their lives and jobs.1 Some people appear to be born with a genetic predisposition toward negativity while others appear to become negative as a result of their environment. There are those who agree that one’s personality is a combination of genetic make-up and life experiences.2 People who chronically express negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors increase the likelihood of engaging in destructive actions. Workplace negativity is rapidly “emerging as a disease of the 21st century corporation,” and like any other chronic illness,…show more content…
10. The Pessimists – Pessimists experience the world as an unpleasant place. They expect the world to fall down on them, and if it doesn’t, they do everything possible to help bring it down. 11. The Uncommitted – These are the people who do not take their jobs seriously, making their teammates work more difficult. Work is a very low priority for them. 12. The Criticizers – Their mission is to disagree with anything that is said. They like to be right no matter what. 13. The Crybabies – Crybabies behave like children who don’t get their way. They frown, withdraw, go off on a tirade, and literally cry. 14. The Sacrificers – Sacrificers are the bleeding hearts of the office. They come in early and stay late. They’ll do anything you ask them to but they will, in a self-depreciating way, complain about their workload, difficult employees, and customer or bosses. 15. The Self-Castigators – These people get upset with themselves and then become negative. They find fault with their work performance, appearance, career progress, socioeconomic status, educational background, and so on. 16. The Scapegoaters – Because they cannot accept the responsibility or take the blame for their own mistakes, scapegoaters shift the onus to others especially when they are in their negative moods. They seem to feel better seeing others squirm or get into trouble. 17. The Eggshells – The eggshells are very sensitive people, and the slightest thing said to them if

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