Stop the gos­sip­ing and be pos­i­tive...

Po­lice warn neg­a­tiv­ity is bad for all of us

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Sar­wat Nasir @Sar­watNasir

A se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer has warned that gos­sip­ing in the of­fice can “poi­son” com­pa­nies and urged firms to stamp out the habit.

Writ­ing in the Min­istry of In­te­rior’s monthly 999 mag­a­zine, the Editor-in-Chief, Lt Col Awadh Saleh Al Kindi, listed a num­ber of of­fice be­hav­iours that can af­fect pro­duc­tiv­ity of not just the work­ers but their col­leagues as well. Along with gos­sips, he also opened fire on peo­ple who are lazy, bossy and grumpy.

Al Kindi wrote: “If an or­gan­i­sa­tion is un­for­tu­nate enough to have sev­eral peo­ple with neg­a­tive at­ti­tudes, and if they also hap­pen to work in the same or closely linked de­part­ments, the poi­son can spread very fast through gos­sip. In such sit­u­a­tions, the best em­ploy­ees can get fed up and quit.

“Those in man­age­rial po­si­tions must work to elim­i­nate such gos­sip or risk see­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity plum­met.”

Al Kindi urged firms to work with em­ploy­ees to get rid of neg­a­tiv­ity.

“It’s high time that peo­ple and com­pa­nies re­alise that neg­a­tiv­ity would crip­ple any or­gan­i­sa­tion,” he said.

“The UAE has strict laws and stiff penal­ties against spread­ing ru­mours and cre­at­ing panic in the com­mu­nity, and com­pa­nies should ap­ply the same pat­tern in the work­place.

“Of­fice gos­sips, for in­stance, should never be tol­er­ated be­cause aside from caus­ing dis­tress to the per­son be­ing talked about, it low­ers the morale of the whole or­gan­i­sa­tion to a great ex­tent.”

Al Kindi said that hu­man re­sources de­part­ments should work with em­ploy­ees to elim­i­nate their “bad moods”, but if that doesn’t work then they may have to con­sider let­ting them go.

Al Kindi said: “While it is ne­c­es­sary to weed out the bad ap­ples, it is more im­por­tant to get to the bot­tom of the is­sue and un­der­stand how some peo­ple de­velop such un­pleas­ant traits.” The ar­ti­cle said neg­a­tive be­hav­iour of­ten stems from how em­ploy­ees were brought up. For in­stance, if a per­son was raised in a fi­nan­cially sta­ble home then they are “more likely to be bal­anced”. Al Kindi also said neg­a­tiv­ity can have an im­pact out­side work. “That virus of bad mood can ad­versely in­flu­ence work per­for­mance, de­ci­sion mak­ing, cre­ativ­ity, turnover, teamwork, ne­go­ti­a­tions and lead­er­ship. Those most im­pacted by this neg­a­tiv­ity may find stress creep­ing into their fam­ily life as they carry the emo­tional con­ta­gion home,” he wrote. But, life coach Sophia Fromell feels the UAE is “much more” pos­i­tive than some coun­tries. Fromell, founder of ITHACA LIFE, has about 20 UAE clients and she finds they have a more pos­i­tive out­look to­wards life then her clients who are based in other parts of the world. She said: “My over­all feel­ing of UAE res­i­dents is that they seem hap­pier. Their out­look on life is more pos­i­tive than my Amer­i­can and Euro­pean clients. “It’s a com­bi­na­tion be­cause those who are away from their fam­i­lies can have a hard time be­ing pos­i­tive but they should try to main­tain their pos­i­tive thoughts. One step is by be­ing grate­ful. Dubai gives you so many op­por­tu­ni­ties and a com­fort­able life­style. “Peo­ple need to re­mem­ber that and be grate­ful for it - that can at­tract pos­i­tiv­ity.”

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