Keeping a Positive Mindset

Take control of your work environment! Don’t let a negative person at your workplace affect your self-image. If you have to spend a lot of time around a negative person at work, then you have to learn to let their comments move right past you instead of getting stuck in between your ears. No other human being should dictate your self-worth or make you feel inferior. You are only inferior if you make yourself out to be that way, and only you have the power to truly control your self-image. If a negative person is bringing you down, it’s important to remind yourself about all of the things that make you great.

Make a list of all of the qualities you like about yourself, and all of the compliments other people have given you. Just because one person is being a jerk to you doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you — in fact, it’s much more likely that something is wrong with him or her. (

Also make a list of every time that person says something inappropriate or demeaning. Keep the list in a notebook in a secure place. Put the time, the date, what was said and if anyone else overheard. If you have to go to Human Resources to report the behavior, you will have a record of what happened and not just a vague recollection.

Consider transferring to another department or workgroup. Going to work should not be an experience that drains you of your self-worth. Plan to do whatever you can to make your work experience a positive one.

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