Equally important, that negativity can spill over into interactions with coworkers and customers and impact overall customer satisfaction.
"Nearly two out of three respondents indicated that negativity in the workplace makes it difficult for workers to focus on their jobs and that negative attitudes in general are detrimental to the work that needs to get done," says Michael Haid, senior vice president of global solutions for Right Management.
It's important for managers to battle signs of negativity in their organizations. "Personality conflicts, territorial battles, sarcastic remarks, unconstructive criticism and absenteeism can quickly become the seeds of organizational defeatism and decline," Haid says.
Managers need to broadcast the message that every employee has a role to play in creating a positive work environment by being positive themselves and by focusing in a positive way on the factors that they can influence.
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