There is cancer in the workplace.
Frighteningly, they have a masterful way of polluting corporate waters before you even figure out that they are wet with rage.
Since there’s not much companies can do once these malignant characters infiltrate the company, it is up to you, the employee, to fend for yourself and administer your own vaccine against the obscene.
First, let’s look at a few ways to quickly identify negative people at work. These are generalizations, but I have often found them to be spot-on:
Lack of Accountability: It’s never THEM, it’s always the employer or the circumstance.
Constant Validation: Tell me I’m right. Help me be a victim.
Audible Clues: These folks often sigh aloud, as if the strife is so great, they can’t contain it.
They Lurk the Halls: Misery loves company, and common areas are the perfect breeding ground to spread negativity.
OK, OK. We get it. Identifying these negative coworkers isn’t the hard part. But keeping them in check, and protecting yourself from their shitty influence is the real challenge. Here are a few ways to defend yourself from additional stress and insanity.
Don’t gossip. Ever.
Give up coffee and cigarettes.
Take the bull by the horns.
Negative People Quotes
“If you cannot be positive, then at least, be quiet.” – Joel Osteen
“Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.” – George Benard Shaw
“Once you learn how to be happy, you won’t tolerate being around people who make you feel anything less.” – Unknown
“Let go of the people who dull your shine, poison your spirit, and bring you drama. Cancel your subscription to their issues.” – Dr. Steve Maraboli
“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” – Dalai Lama
“Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions.” – Will Smith
“Not my circus. Not my monkeys.” – Polish Proverb
“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.” – Peace Pilgrim
“To complain is always nonacceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself into a victim. When you speak out, you are in your power. So change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possible; leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.” – Eckhart Tolle
“Watch out for the joy-stealers: gossip, criticism, complaining, faultfinding, and a negative, judgmental attitude.” -Joyce Meyer