Invasions of Negativity, Negativitaur, Negaholic — Destroy Organizations: Cancer That Spreads by Contact…

Look around any organization and chances are you’ll find at least one person whose negativity affects the rest of the group to varying degrees. New research has found that it only takes one toxic-negative person to upset the whole apple cart… It’s so-called ‘bad apple’ effect– people who are constantly negative about work, who are unhappy about the organization, who always bully or attack others– it’s like cancer that destroys team dynamics and creates organization dysfunction.

According to William Felps and Terence Mitchell; most organizations don’t have very effective ways to handle negative people…

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Organizations need to move more quickly to deal with these issues because the negativity of just one person can be pervasive and destructive and spread quickly throughout an organization… Team members react to a negative member, typically, in one of three ways; 1. intervention, 2. rejection, 3. defensiveness… And since negative behavior outweighs positive behavior– a bad apple can spoil an entire organization, but one or two good workers cannot unspoil it. According to various surveys, negativity destroys many workplaces, e.g.:

  • Gallup surveys show that organizations typically have one-in-six employees who are actively sabotaging the positive functioning of others in a workplace…
  • Study found that 25% of employees witness workplace incivility every day, and 50% said they were the direct target of an uncivil act at least once a week…
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates organizations lose $3 billion a year to the effects of negative attitudes and behaviors at work…

In the article Negativity by Anthony Iannarino writes: Negativity is a communicable disease… Every organization has its– cynics, critics, slackers, burnouts… The ‘cynics’ don’t feel passion for anything about the organizations and often say that all it stands for is bullshit… The ‘critics’ are always criticizing the organization and often making negative remarks about what should be done, but they never take responsibility, or never actively undertake initiatives that would make a difference…

The ‘slackers’ believe they are overworked, underpaid, and try to do as little as possible, and never make a meaningful contribution… The ‘burnouts’ are always tried and lack the energy or passion to make any real contribution– they are simply doing their time… All of these groups exemplify the worst within an organization, and just like cancer negativity spreads from person-to-person… And just like cancer they negativity destroys teams, departments, and eventually the entire organization… Hence protect your organization, remove negativity.

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In the article Negativitaurs Destroy Companies by Nigel MacLennan writes: Chances are that one or more of negativitaurs are destroying your organization… The word ‘negativitaur’ is derived from the words– negate, negative, negativity… named in the style of Greek mythical bull-like creatures capable of causing huge damage. Someone who is so toxically negative that they destroys and/or prevents all the good around them… Many negativitaurs are easy to spot, while others are more Machiavellian and harder to spot…

A negativitaur would dismiss the idea of having any vision; visions destroy organizations! And would offer no solution… and when you tried to move the discussion towards finding a solution, they would quickly tell you why no solution is possible… Identifying these non-problem solvers, and negative disruptors is key for the success of an organization… Negativitaurs are pretenders, and they are incapable of developing solutions, they only seeks to block attempts to find them… However, negativitaurs are politically skilled and can recommend a non-solution that looks like a solution…

In the article Negativity Destroys Companies by Dr. Alan Zimmerman writes: Challenges in the economy and the frantic pace of change are causing more stress, dysfunction, negativity than most people can handle or want to handle… Here are a few characteristics of negativity that can kill an organization:

  • Frequent Complaints: Coworkers trash-talk their company, team mates, leaders, products, customers… They tell friends, relatives, acquaintances outside the organization… about the negatives, the bad things, worst about the organization… and they do it over and over again…
  • Overwhelmed Feelings: No matter how hard you work or how fast you work, you never even come close to getting everything done. It always seems like you have double-negative; too much work, too little time… These are two unhealthy choices; to either let some work go, or let some work get done more poorly than you would like…
  • Non-Appreciation: In many organizations, the number one job complaint is: You can do many things right and not hear a darn thing about it. You do one thing wrong and they’re right in your face… Employees at all levels need verbal appreciation for the good work, or they begin to go negative– they begin to feel ‘what’s the point’ and ‘why bother’…
  • Disengagement: This is when an employee’s ‘body’ is at work but their ‘mind’ isn’t… The original gung-ho has slipped away, and so they spend more time daydreaming then working… they escape to activities such as; personal phone calls, Internet, coffee-room… and host of other non-job related activities…
  • Distance: It’s when coworkers don’t connect, e.g.; they may not like each other, so they treat each other with disdain at worst and tolerance at best. Or, they do not trust each other… It’s very much every person for themselves, which creates a negative work place environment…
  • Belittled Change: In some work environment, the innovators are the bad guys and they get put down. When they bring up new ideas or suggest a better way of doing something, they get teased, criticized, attacked… they are perceived as negative people… So the innovators learn that a ‘get-by-performance’ is safer than being advocate for change…
  • Hoarded Information: It’s a sick little negative game when some people withhold information from others because they know that knowledge is power. And they only share information when it suits their purposes…
  • Selfish Priorities: Instead of putting ‘customers first’ or ‘quality first’, some employees live by the negative ‘me first’ motto. They’re always asking ‘what’s in it for me’ before they extend themselves. So they only meet others needs–  coworkers, customers… just when they feel like it…
  • No-Win Situations:  Sometimes no matter what you do… you’re wrong. Sometimes when you show initiative you get punished… Sometimes when you do what you are supposed to do but didn’t check-in with the boss first, you get punished… When employees experience too many of these no-win situations, they get negative and stop trying to win…

It’s easy to become entrapped by a cycle of negativity… According to Dave Ursillo; often the key to breaking any cycle of negativity is to shift your state of mind and alter your current perspective, e.g.: Focus on the Moment— a simple remedy to abandon a cycle of obsessive over-thinking is to focus on the small stuff; focus on here and now, and something small but meaningful... Take the Long Viewshift your perspective from the ‘right now’ and onto the big picture; focus on the long view…

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According to Margarita Hakobyan; some negative employees traits are obvious, e.g.; those who– steals, lies, cheats… but there are other types of employees that can be more damaging… these are employees who approach their job with the idea of doing the bare minimum necessary in order to stay employed. This negative attitude creates a toxic culture of ‘bare-minimum’ effort that makes it impossible for any organization to succeed…