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Nov

Is an Office Vampire Draining Your Productivity?

You don’t need to go trick-or-treating to see vampires. Odds are good that they’re in your office, and they’re ruining your business life.

As a consultant on workplace morale issues, I often find that bad morale stems from one or two workers in the office who have a poor attitude about the place. Office vampires drain valuable time and energy you could be using to run your business, or simply enjoy your life.

If you have a worker who is so frustrating to deal with that you find yourself thinking of the situation while you’re spending time with your family, or hanging out with a friend, you may have a vampire in your office.

Luckily, there are tools you can use to deal with these vampires. Think of it as a vampire-slayer utility belt. Here’s what you can bring to bear on them:

  • Pull out the garlic. Redirect the office vampire when he or she expresses something negative by changing the flavor of the subject right away. “So how about those Atlanta Braves?” OK, maybe don’t talk about the Braves right now, but you get my point. Change the subject abruptly.
  • Hold up a mirror. In the same way that vampires can’t see themselves in mirrors, most of the problems expressed by the office vampires don’t turn out to be there when a mirror is held up to them. Whatever they thought was negative doesn’t actually exist. The mirror actually involves recasting or reframing the conversation, acknowledging what was said, but then challenging the opinion with a more positive point of view. They might complain the weather is getting cold, but you can respond that you’re looking forward to hunting season, or the holidays.
  • Pull out a UV flashlight. I know it can be tough, but sometimes you need to get rid of the vampire. I actually find this is hard for many business owners because they try to empathize with the vampire in their midst. But you’re running a business, not a self-help group. Don’t let the vampire waste your time, energy, or attention. Instead let him or her go in the quickest and most humane way possible.

 

Remove negativity (office vampire) & enjoy your Work life….!!

–       BY JOEY FAUCETTE

About me
Creative-Enthusiastic-Positive and People oriented HR Professional. My 10 years in HR as an assistant, then generalist, and now manager, have allowed me to grow and develop professionally and as a leader. Currently I am working as a Sr. Human Resource Consultant with few Start-ups. I am helping them Strategically in building best HR Practices. I have experience in below areas of Human Resource – Talent Acquisition (Recruitment & Selection), HR Policies & Procedures, Talent Management (HR Generalist), Performance Management System and Training & Development.
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