1. Begin at the top. All senior- and junior-level managers must be on the same page. Employees should be encouraged to think positively, focus on organizational goals, and move past negativity. A consistent message is essential to promoting an environment of togetherness.
2. Make a management change if necessary. Even a top executive should be replaced if not performing to the best of his or her ability. Demonstrating a strong work ethic is key during challenging times at your company. The commitment to exceed potential must begin with company leadership.
3. Find leaders from within. There are always motivated people in an organization. These are employees who continue to perform, despite organizational setbacks or a pessimistic work culture. They should be recognized as role models who can encourage and teach others.
4. Don’t let fear overtake your culture. Remind employees about the positives in the organization’s outlook, even if your company is going through a rough time. Do your best to communicate regularly and honestly with employees.
5. Embrace change. Encourage employees to experiment with their methods. Take a look at different ways of doing things. New processes may seem foreign at first, but they can be more effective and efficient in the long run.
6. Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to solicit help. Seek out those who are good at conflict resolution, motivating others, and curbing negative attitudes. Ask them for advice on how to turn a corner with employees who are resistant to change.
Overcoming negativity in the workplace isn’t easy. But it is possible. Managing with these tips in mind can help move your organization in a positive direction, even in challenging times.