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Training Point: Reject Negativity

Time Required: 20 minutes

Materials Needed: PowerPoint Reject Negativity Worksheet page 33

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Objective: In the video Sam explains how Norman Cousins rejected negativity and was able to transform his situation into something positive. If negativity exists in your workplace, you need to take charge of the problem and return your workplace to a positive environment. So how do you do that?

One of the first steps to combating negativity in the work- place is to identify the causes. Is there one person or maybe a group of negative co-workers who gossip and spread rumors around the office? Has corporate downsizing or turnover created an apprehensive mood? Is there a manager or co-worker who is zapping everyone’s energy when they enter the office or room? If so, then you have to find the root of the problem. Gather a few co-workers and ask them what they think the problem could be and what can be done to fix it.

Once you get to the bottom of things, then you have to resolve it. Negativity is like a virus, which will grow unless it is stopped. It’s not impossible to do this but it does take some work. The important thing is to keep thinking positively!

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