How to Handle a Negative Coworker

  1. Listen and try to understand where they are coming from. Determine the source of the negativity. Are they going through a hard time in their personal life or are they stressed about work?
  2. Make helpful suggestions, many times people complain when they are looking for advice.

If steps one and two don’t work….Follow steps three through five

  1. Try to limit the amount of time you spend with that person. Some people just want to complain, don’t let their negativity bring you down.
  2. If you need to talk to that person on a regular basis, try and steer the conversation in a positive direction. Sometimes people just need a little push to see the glass half full
  3. Avoid getting sucked the gossip or drama. Limit your comments about other co-workers and try and steer the conversation to another more positive topic.

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