By: Yaritza Zayas MS, MFT, LPC, NCC
People spend most of their day at work ( school included). Often times the stress is in Although the workplace is a primary source of socialization for many working adults it is important to keep in mind that when you are in your place of employment you are there to do a job and friendships are secondary. However, problematic coworkers can affect your workday and our moods. Rough work days and bad attitudes can easily seep into our personal lives affecting our family and friendship. Learning to set boundaries that work will keep toxic coworkers at bay. First, are you a toxic coworkers? Are you negative, gossipy, not a team player? Maybe complain too much? If so: shape up and change your workplace attitude. Here are some additional things to keep in mind:
1. Be nice: people who are generally unhappy in their lives display this negativity wherever they go. They are having a rough time and show compassion and kindness to them.
2. Learn to ignore: comments can be made to entice you and pull you in to the negativity. Remember to be civil but don’t engage where you don’t want to engage.
3. Stick to your goals: by allowing too many distractions to interfere with your work day it will keep you from what you need to get accomplished. Not only on a particular work day or project but in your overall goals in regards to your career and what you want gain.
Remember it is not about them but how you choose to react to the negativity. Stay focused, be appropriate, be civil ; and you will have better work days. Good luck!