How to Motivate Employees With a Negative Attitude

“That employee sure has a negative attitude,” is a comment riddled with subjectivity. Before you can take effective action to guide or correct an employee’s attitude in your business, define “negative.” Once you are clear about what constitutes negativity in your workplace, you can take steps to address your employee’s problem and to stop the spread of negativity that can infect your workplace.

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    Set an example of positivity in your business. Create and sustain team connections. Engage in supportive conversations with staff without resorting to complaining and belittling comments. Promote a collaborative environment.

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    Treat employees’ negativity in your workplace as performance issues. Address an employee’s inability to work in a team situation, for example. Or speak to a worker’s dismissive behavior.

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    Gather evidence of employee negativity before confronting issues. Specify instances of negative attitude you have observed or about which other workers have complained. Provide a supportive environment in which to address their problems.

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    Meet privately with employees to discuss negative attitude issues. Invite a human resources representative to the meeting. Discuss your company policy and beliefs about attitudes in the workplace. Give troubled employees opportunities to discuss what is troubling them. Motivate them with your support.