Six Tips for Overcoming Workplace Negativity [Video Blog]

Posted on Jun 19, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Employees can lose motivation during periods of layoffs, high turnover, economic downturns, and other challenging situations. A negative atmosphere can set in and damage productivity. But all is not lost. You can engage and encourage even the most cynical employees with a few simple strategies.

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.How to Keep Your Employees  Motivated and Productive [Video Blog]
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How to Deliver Negative Feedback Fairly and Effectively [Video Blog]

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Delivering negative feedback to your employees can be awkward, uncomfortable, and a little intimidating. As a manager, you may find yourself avoiding these conversations in an effort to spare employees’ feelings, or to preserve good working relationships.

We understand your dilemma. However, we’re here to tell you that you aren’t doing your employee any favors by withholding constructive criticism about where he or she needs to improve. Think about it: their performance, behavior, or attitude isn’t up to par, and by avoiding the uncomfortable conversation, you’re depriving them of the opportunity to make necessary changes. It isn’t fair to them or to you. In the worst case scenario, you could even be setting them up for termination due to nonperformance.

We advocate providing constructive feedback regularly, rather than waiting for a formal review. That being said, you DO need to pay attention to the language you use when having these types of conversations.

Avoid any language that might be discriminatory according to state or federal labor law. A good rule of thumb is to be factual and limit your comments to the employee’s PERFORMANCE, rather than PERSONALITY, as these types of remarks can be interpreted as a personal attack. An example of words to avoid would be descriptions such as “sloppy” or “messy,” which sound like value judgments rather than appraisals of performance.

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Giving Negative Feedback During Performance Reviews - Part 2 [Video Blog]

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 2:22:00 PM

Today, we’re going to discuss negative feedback and the role that it plays in the performance appraisal. Welcome to the second installment of our series on delivering performance appraisals. 

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