How To Deal With Negativity at Work (And School)

We are now at that time of trying to adjust to our new daily routines because the excitement of summer has officially worn off, and it’s time to get down to business and work. Sometimes, this change in atmosphere can lead to a little bit of inharmony between you and some of your teammates. As someone who has been involved in close-knit teams throughout my entire life, I can tell you first hand, that insignificant problem can escalate out of control before you know it. So it’s inevitable that you have to learn how to deal with these problems in order to do your best work, and keep your workplace a happy place. Here are some things to remember when you’re faced with a problematic situation

Remember that you’re here to work

First and foremost, you’re here to do a job. Whether that’s the job you’re being paid to do, or getting the best grades you can. You can’t let pettiness get in the way of your larger goal. Sometimes you just need to suck it up and move on with your life.

“Coworkers” doesn’t always equal friendship

This is a problem that I’ve had in the past. It’s important to remember that some people aren’t interested in your friendship. This doesn’t mean that they don’t like you, they just prefer to keep things on a professional level and you need to respect that.

Don’t take it home with you

You shouldn’t dwell on this negativity. Once you leave the walls of work/school, you need to let go of whatever is happening and focus on yourself. This drama will blow over eventually.

Talk it out

Most conflicts stem from miscommunication. Someone might have misheard something, or taken an innocent comment out of context. The only way to clear it up is to talk it out in a polite and professional manner.


At the end of the day, someone’s feelings got hurt. In order to make sure that everyone is OK and in a comfortable work enviornment, sometimes you just have to let it go and apologize.

There we have it, let me know if any of these tips are helpful to you. Or, if you have any more suggestions to add to the list! I hope y’all have a great (and stress-free) week!


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