You could cut the tension with a knife. You don’t even have to be an empath to know what that means. It’s an experience we’ve all had at one time or another, unfortunately; many people deal with this on a daily basis in the workplace.
I’ve come to realize that age does not equal maturity. I expect a workplace to be professional and yet personal experience and countless stories from clients, racked with tension and anxiety, tell me otherwise.
Negative energy isn’t just for graveyards on Halloween. It is very real, and by that I mean palpable. It can be felt, except that there usually isn’t an outlet and so what is felt is also kept through the act of suppression. Those uncomfortable feelings are stuffed. Lips stay sealed for fear of job loss, income, and security. We hold instead of confronting. It’s safer, or so it seems.
Some might read this and think, good. That’s the way it should be. It’s a job, but there are tangible consequences like sick leave abuse, poor productivity, lack of interest, and so on.
Why do employers keep chronic complainers, those who confuse control with leadership, and just plain nasty people? How are they valuable to an organization as a whole when they cause so much stress?
No, you can’t please everyone. A job isn’t a place to babysit everybody’s feelings, but I’m sure you can think of that one employee, or co-worker that almost everyone has a problem with. I’m sure you can think of that one person that has caused countless others to quit. You know who I am talking about.
Negative energy does not thrive in a healthy, happy work environment, but productivity does. Carl Jung said, “What you resist persists.”
Isn’t it time to deal with the negative energy in your workplace?