T A H W S AY
I N T H E N E G AT I V E
The latest addition to the office has a really negative attitude, and I can tell it’s getting the rest of my team down. Not only are they having an impact on the quality of our work but they’re also affecting our moods – how can I get the newbie to lighten up without seeming rude? Charlotte, Liverpool
It’s cold and flu season, but my colleagues seem to be unaware of something called ‘hygiene’. I see phones being picked up after sneezes and the other day someone even gave me a cup of tea in the mug they’d been coughing over all day – eugh! How can I stay germ-free without sounding like a clean freak? Bella, Doncaster
Some of us live life with a ‘glass half full’ attitude, while others… not so much. Trouble is, it’s often impossible to convert people to positive thinking if they’re not already that way inclined. In our opinion, it’s best not to waste time trying – instead, focus on lifting the mood yourself. Whether it’s by making that extra round of tea or having a can-do attitude towards difficult tasks, you’ll be surprised at the difference you can make on your own.
You’re not a clean freak – imagine if those germs led to 80% of the office taking a sick day all at once! Ask someone higher up to send out a group email encouraging everyone to prioritise cleanliness. Make it fun; if there’s spare money in the petty cash tin you could even bulk buy matching mini hand sanitisers for everyone. They’ll thank you after getting through winter illness-free.
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