Negativity is a Virus you Can’t Afford

By • on May 18, 2009’s Susan Heathfield on “Curing Employee Negativity” – I really identified with Susan Heathfield’s post on curing employee negativity on her blog. Particularly where Heathfield notes, “When employers understand the causes of employee negativity and put in place measures to prevent employee negativity, negativity fails to gain a foothold in the work environment.”

Negativity is a contagious virus that spreads from one mouth to the next, disempowering everyone and everything in its wake. As a leader you must be vigilant and pro-active in keeping your organization healthy and vital by nurturing a positive, can-do attitude.

This holds true as well for being vigilant about who you keep in your organization. It doesn’t matter how good a person’s work product is if that person is infecting the general atmosphere with an endless stream of negative comments.

And keep in mind being sarcastic can often be a form of negativity as well. The Greek root for the word “sarcasm” is sarkazein, meaning “to tear flesh.” There’s nothing funny about that!


By Cathy on May 18th, 2009 at 10:00 am

Negativity is very contagious and it seems like it is every today. Not just at the work place. I think people are consumed these days with it. From work to the media we are constantly exposed. Negativitiy is even in the highest leadership position of this country. What message is being sent when the candidates and politicians run negative campaigns trying to discredit each other to win. When did society in general become so negative? This doesn’t set a good example for the next generation.

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