Dealing with a Negative Work Environment

Having a positive work environment is extremely important if you want to give your best at work. If you are working in a negative environment, it not only brings down your productivity but also has an effect on your motivation level. While most of us hope that we will be provided with a healthy and positive working environment, not all of us are that lucky.

Sometime you might find yourself trapped in a negative environment which is detrimental to the quality of work and the management might not be doing anything to change the circumstance. So what can you do in such circumstances? It is not an option to leave the job as the job market in Pakistan is already tough and those who have a job want to keep holding on to their jobs. The best option in such a situation is to make some effort of your own to create a positive working environment which will boost your productivity.

Here are a few tried and tested methods which can help in building a positive atmosphere, minimizing negativity and boosting your overall morale:

Establish Trust:

The most important aspect of having a positive working relationship is establishing a bond of trust between yourself and the other employees. If you lie to them and act as an office gossip no one will be able to trust you and as a result you have to work in a negative environment where no one trusts you and will not share anything with you. Try to be as honest as possible and do not gossip about your colleagues as it creates a negative impression on others.

Be Positive when Communicating:

When you are discussing a presentation or brainstorming an idea, make sure that you listen to what others are saying and be positive in communicating in them. Do not give a negative comment on every idea and if you have to shoot down an idea, be polite and explain why you think it will not work. Keep all your team members in the loop and let them share their thoughts as well.

Share Credit:

When the entire team works on something, everyone should get the credit and if you try to get all the credit for yourself, you will make more enemies with every group assignments. Not only does that make others hostile but also creates a bad impression on the superiors as the employers like to have team players in the company.

Bond with the Co-workers:

When you are working in a professional set up, you end up spending more hours at work than you do at home. There are many people who like to keep to themselves as much as possible and do not socialize at all, as they think that they are better off remaining neutral. However, this is the wrong approach as you can make many friends at work which can help you in taking stress out of your life. You can take small breaks during the day to chat with them and feel rejuvenated afterwards. However make sure that you do not disturb any of your co-workers and only go to chat with them when they are also on a break.

Don’t Play the Blame Game:

No one likes a co-worker or a manager who cannot accept his fault and take responsibility for his actions. So if you make a mistake, do not try to pin it on your juniors or colleagues. Just accept that it was your fault and promise never to repeat it again. After all, everyone is human and nobody can be perfect all the time. Accepting your mistake and owning up to it speaks strongly about your character and will win you the respect of your colleagues.

Be Appreciative:

When a co-worker performs well you should appreciate and encourage him rather than feeling envious. Hard work and special achievements should be recognised and due credit should be given. So always be thoughtful and appreciative of others and you will also be appreciated for your work.

Help Your Colleagues:

One of the best ways to make sure that you are working in a positive environment is to foster a culture of helping out your colleagues when they need your expertise and getting their help when you are stuck at a particular job. By helping each other, co-workers enhance the overall performance of the team and create a positive impression on the bosses.

Decorate your Cubicle:

Sometimes all the negativity that is surrounding you can be because of the physical environment you are working in. Sitting in a standardized cubicle all day long can be depressing and a source of negative energy for many people. You can address this issue by changing the look of your cubicle and turning it into a more pleasant place for you to sit. Put framed pictures of your loved ones beside your computer and place a small plant near your table so that you can feel relaxed and more energetic when you are working.

Celebrations can do Wonders:

Many people do not include their co-workers in celebrations as they consider it against the professional norms. However, by simply bringing in a cake to celebrate your birthday, you can bond with the co-workers and enjoy the time you spend talking to them. Such small acts break the monotony of the day and help you in promoting a positive environment.

Last Words:

The place where you work needs to be a positive and welcoming environment otherwise you might hate getting up in the morning and dread the 8 hours you have to spend at work. By following these simple tips you can enjoy your work by eliminating the negative energy from your working environment.








16 thoughts on “Dealing with a Negative Work Environment

  1. As they say, “It’s better come late than never”. Well, excellent tips for every professional, as before this, I faced lot of negative work environments, which ultimately lead to my resignation or conflict situations. So thanks a lot Rozee for your splendid tips.

  2. These are very helpful tips when you are playing a managerial role but if you are working under your executives in a negative environment then what will you do, especially in the culture of late sitting?

  3. Great! Such information can make others job easy. No doubt, attitude is a small word but it makes big differences. By following suggested tips, I am finding positive response in my surroundings.

    Anyways, thanks for giving this useful information.

  4. Good material. Leg pulling is also a big issue in the organization so please write about it also how we avoid it.

  5. This is very useful topic that have stated. Good work done by Rozee. I have faced a lot of things in a company where i do my best to work in positive environment. but fails.
    endsup with resign. But there is a point that When owner of a company have no enough education then these type of circumstances should not be resolved.
    Think about it.
    Good tips by Rozee.

  6. A really good topic and very informative. While blaming and negative work environment, we must see our attitudes and behaviors; pointing out some body negatively is easy rather yourself.

  7. Very nice tips for the people who are working in a negative environment. Hope to have such inputs in future for those who are in the beginning of their careers.

  8. In short, the article addresses the most important aspect that is creating a positive environment by taking into consideration the daily life aspects, like creating relationship with co-workers that creates the difference!

  9. It was a correct approach. I have seen people who are not helping other colleagues; instead, they blame others for mistakes that they have not made in the first place. At the end, they end up resigning. It is nicely pin pointed by Rozee and I appreciate the work done by them. Good luck for future. Tauqir (TK)

  10. I have worked previously in Pakistan and then found work in the same organization in Finland. The difference in the work atmosphere is immense even when its the same global corporation which boasts of following the same regulations and work ethics. Having tasted both ends, I feel its small changes in attitude that can bring a big difference, but the changes have to come in everyone, not just you.
    Anyhow an excellent article. It basically points out all aspects apart from one which i guess is also really important, and that is that you have to enjoy your work. If you are working on something you don’t like, no matter how positive your environment is, you will never be able to give your 100%.
    Thumbs up for the article!

  11. I really appreciate the contribution of the ROZEE for the grooming and understanding the working environment of an office. I am working with an International company. I am one of the lucky people at work. I worked on different projects but did not face hurdles during my work. When I received the mail from ROZEE about “Dealing with Negative Work Environment”, I thought it is interesting; I should read and check what are the tips to handle the hurdles. So, I found myself just like your tips. Now, I am happy that I, without realizing, have all those qualities. In fact, I request all my friends to read and follow the suggestions; it would lead you towards success. I must say thank you so much ROZEE for your contribution. Keep it up! … Best Wishes

  12. You write an excellent blog! I wish more people would read your blog and listen to your advice, this would certainly make the world a better place! May you be blessed with much success and may you keep inspiring others with your positive attitude and your down to earth advice.

  13. Excellent tips… Although a bit late for me as I fell victim of negative working environment and ended up in leaving a job… But i have no regrets because I tried my best to bring a change in vain. I am more careful and cautious at my new work place… is doing a splendid job by providing their valuable guidance.. Keep up the good work Rozee.

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