Why is negativity so widespread in organizations today? In my opinion, there are several reasons, but here are two of most common ones I’ve come across in my dialogues with managers and supervisors who are struggling with this very problem.
The first is that it gets attention. It’s a lot like children “acting out”. If you have children, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Many times children “act out” because that’s how they get attention. In their childish minds they figure that any attention is a good thing even if it’s negative. And unfortunately in many ways negative people can be like that.
The second most common reason negativity is so prevalent is because it elevates some people self-esteem to point out problems. And think about this for a moment, people who are chronically negative suffer from low self-esteem. So, the reason negative people behave the way they behave is because they seek to raise their self-esteem! By the way, I’m not saying this makes their behaviour acceptable, but if you have an understanding of where this all starts, you will be able to deal with it more effectively
These are two reasons why negativity is so prevalent in organizations today, but what are some others? What have you observed in your workplace? Do share.