November 2019 Character Core of the Month
Positivity and negativity in the workplace directly affect everyone in the organization. When you hit a brick wall, and don’t see a way around it, the way that you respond affects everyone around you.
Deborah Sweeney said, “Misery may love company, but negativity has never lifted anyone up. You feel better when you surround yourself with positive people. They encourage you to reach for the stars, work hard and stay focused on fulfilling your dreams. Positivity begets more positivity. Over time, you may find that even the most stubborn person in the office who refuses to enjoy something has a change of heart and becomes more positive, all because of your great attitude.”
People can easily see if others are having a good day or a bad day. When someone is having a bad day it is easy to just tiptoe around them, and think of all the times that person has had a bad day. However, when someone is having a bad day and they take it out on you, make a point of thinking, “It’s not something I did, they are probably tired, or are going through a tough situation.” People are usually trying their best. Most people don’t wake up and decide, “I’m going to have the worst day possible and make sure everyone knows how terrible it is going.” Try to give people the benefit of the doubt when they are having a bad day. You can’t do anything about the negativity around you, but you can choose how you respond to the negativity!