Two Tips to Help You Stop Once You Realize You Add to Office Negativity
You know that one person at work who is the epitome of office negativity?
That person who, as soon as they walk in, or as soon as you have to deal with them, there’s this black cloud of “What are they going to complain about now”?
It’s human nature to avoid that person. In doing so, we’re protecting ourselves...our emotions, our minds, even our physical body. Because dealing with an atmosphere that’s THAT NEGATIVE has an effect on all of it.
But...what if that person is you? What if your attitude is making everyone veer the other way when they see you in the hallway? What if people aren’t even approaching you to figure out how to solve a problem they know you can solve in a heartbeat...just because you’re so negative all the time?
If you’re even considering that it’s you, I’m giving you props right now. Seriously...I’m not even being snarky. You know why? Because it’s a very small percentage of the population who can actually SEE that they’re either contributing to - or the direct cause of - a problem. It’s even a smaller population who will then want to change it - someone told me once it’s 3%.
I don’t know how accurate that figure it, but even if it’s more than that, it’s still such a tiny percentage of the world.
So...GOOD FOR YOU...I’m excited that you want to make changes in your life.
lThis is the last part of the series, What To Do When You’re The Only One Who Speaks Up.
We’ve talked about reasons why you’re not getting heard.
Now let’s talk about how to get heard.
If you haven’t downloaded the free pdf yet, you can do that here.
Have you heard the phrase, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”?
We’re going to be talking along those lines, but rather than talking about what you’re wearing, we’re going to be talking about how you’re presenting and the conversations you’re having.
Let me ask you a question.
What are the personalities of the people who you need to present your idea to? Think about that for a few seconds, if there are more than just two or three people, it may be beneficial to write it down somewhere.
If you’re new here, WELCOME!! I’m glad you found me! This is part three of a blog series that talks about being the only one who speaks up at work.
If you haven’t read the other two parts yet, I’ve put the links below.
If you don’t have time to read it all now, I get it...you might have five minutes after the kids go to bed to scan something, right? Either save it to your Pinterest or share it on FB or even save it to your home screen so you can easily come back to it later!
You have passion. I have no doubt of that. So, why aren’t you being heard? Why are your ideas met with hesitation or a resounding “no”?
I LOVE when people show passion about something.
When people are excited about an idea, to me, it shows their commitment, to the company, to the department, and even to themselves.
It shows they believe in themselves enough to go out on a limb and risk their suggestion being shut down, or worse, risk being asked to come up with a presentation to bring to upper management!
As a supervisor in a business environment, I LOVED it when my team was excited about an idea. Hell, I LOVED it when anyone was excited about an idea.
To me, there could be nothing worse than someone going to their manager or counterparts with an idea, and being unenthused, or complacent, about the topic.
From my perspective, if you’re presenting an idea of yours, and you’re not excited about it, then WHY THE HELL would I want to even consider implementing it??
Hey - really quick - if you’re new here, WELCOME! I want to thank you for hanging out with me today. I respect your time - so I’ll make this quick. This is Part 2 of a 3 part series on speaking up at work...if you haven’t read Part 1, I’ve linked it here.
And if you don’t have time to read it...I got you!! Share it over on your Facebook page or save it to your Pinterest folder so you can come back to it later. Or...bookmark it to your homepage on your phone!
Hey, I'm Natalie and I'm an author, a wife, and mom of two kids and two dogs.