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Chapter 3. Hold On to Your Positive Atti... > Don’t Permit a Fellow Worker—Even a ...

Don’t Permit a Fellow Worker—Even a Supervisor—Who Has a Negative Attitude to Trap You into His (or Her) Way of Thinking

You may not be able to change a negative person’s attitude, but at least you can protect your own positive attitude from becoming negative. The story of Sandy will emphasize this point.

Sandy. Sandy was a little uneasy about her new job. It was a fine opportunity, and she knew the standards were very high. Would she have the skills needed? Could she learn fast enough to please her supervisor? Would the older employees like her? Although Sandy’s concern was understandable, it was not justified. In addition to being highly qualified for the job, she had a happy, positive attitude that wouldn’t stop. She was seldom depressed.

Everything went very well for Sandy for a while. Her positive attitude was appreciated by all. Slowly, however, her fellow workers and supervisor noticed a change. Sandy became more critical of her colleagues, her job, and the company. Her usual friendly greetings and helpful ideas were gradually replaced by complaints. What had happened? Without realizing it, Sandy was showing the effects of the friendships she had made on the job. Needing acceptance in a strange environment, she had welcomed the attention of a clique of employees who had a negative attitude—a group that management already viewed critically.

Sandy was not able to confine her negative attitude to her job. Soon, again without realizing it, she let her negative attitude spill over into her social life. In fact, it troubled her boyfriend so much that he had it out with her one night. His words were a little rough. “Look, Sandy. When you are happy, you are very attractive and fun to be around. But frankly, when you are negative you are a real bore, and I never have a good time with you. I think those so-called friends you hang round with on the job are killing what was once a beautiful personality.”

It wasn’t a happy evening, but Sandy got the message. She made a vow to recapture and hang on to the positive attitude she had previously enjoyed. Not only was she successful in recapturing her positive attitude, but she also converted a few of her previously negative friends to her way of thinking. Her action saved her career.


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