Stop the gossiping and be positive...
Police warn negativity is bad for all of us
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.”