Let’s face it. We all work with at least one negative co-worker. This person can’t see the rainbow at the end of the storm and he doesn’t mind sharing his feelings with you. So, how do you deal with him? Here are nine tips. Just:
Don’t let your co-worker’s negativity suck you in. Refuse to banter back and forth with him unless the conversation is positive. After a while, he will get the hint.
Let your words be seasoned with love, hope and joy. You’re negative co-worker may not understand your speak-style, but eventually he will appreciate it.
Deal with your negative co-worker by telling him how you truly feel. His behavior is bringing you down. You don’t want to work in this way and would like him to change.
If your co-worker isn’t normally negative and has changed because he’s upset, offer help. Take on more work or discuss counseling options. Help your co-worker deal with the problem so he can get back to his usual happy self.
Music is known to tame the most savage of beasts. In your case, it will not only do that, but also act as a distraction. Find out what kind of music your negative co-worker likes and bring in a radio or CD player. Let the music bring you both together.
Get back up.
Talk to another co-worker of like-mind that has influence on your co-worker or the boss. Explain you’re not trying to get the person in trouble; you just need a break from his negative behavior. For veterans who want to retire on the job, this will be a temporary or long-term fix.
Ask your boss to move you. You can state the real reason or use an alternative one. Either way, do what’s best for you. Don’t let a negative co-worker ruin your career or day.
Don’t indulge in a drawn out low brow conversation with your negative co-worker even if it’s true. Cut them off halfway through the conversation and change topics. Talk about something that is positive or neutral.
Sometimes the best way to deal with a negative co-worker is to set expectations. Announce that you plan on having an upbeat day full of positive sayings. This works well with a person who is new to the job.
Ready to deal? Try one or more of these nine tips and make your job more palatable and fun. Stop a negative co-worker from poisoning the work environment.