Are You a Chronic Complainer or a Hard Worker?

Aug 21, 2014 | Professionalism

Stop complaining

Sometimes it’s just easier to complain than to actually work harder—or better yet, change what you’re frustrated about. Sure, complaining can build camaraderie among those who share the same loathing within the workplace. But it is toxic to your business. Have you checked your attitude lately? Are you in danger of becoming a chronic complainer?

Here’s how complaining dashes good attitudes—and why you should counteract them with hard work:

It makes things seem worse.

Was helping your co-worker write that report really that bad? After all, you might need his help in the future when it’s your turn to take a family vacation.

It destroys creativity.

Nothing makes an atmosphere more void of innovation than “Debbie downers.” Continual complaining stifles creative juices and perpetuates a sense of hopelessness or anger.

It obstructs teamwork.

Sure, co-workers seem to be best friends while grumbling at the expense of another, but this is actually very detrimental to the team environment. It creates cliques and often leaves people closed-mined to ideas from someone who is less popular in the office.

It’s habitual.

If pessimism isn’t kicked to the curb quickly, it can become a habit that spreads like wildfire. This ultimately brings down the environment for everyone, perpetuating the cycle of negativity.

Instead of complaining, choose to work harder. It may take some more effort on your part to look past the little annoyances you face throughout the day, but in the end, renewed diligence increases your overall wellbeing.

Instead of ruminating on the negativity, try the following:

Make it better.

Get your creative juices flowing and come up with a solution that will better your work environment. Move beyond words and take initiative.

Look at the end game.

So you had to stay a few extra hours at the office this week to finish that proposal. Is it going to land you a big client? Will it make the success of your business rise? Is it possible that next week you won’t have as much work to do, and you’ll be able to leave early? Don’t focus on the downsides of the current situation—look at the benefits it will bring in the end.

Check yourself.

Are you the “Debbie downer” at work? If so, look for ways to improve your attitude. No one likes to be around a chronic complainer. Instead of dwelling on the negative, push through to see the full potential, such as increased success, loyal relationships, and a creative work environment.

Working harder may not always be the easiest option, but in the scheme of things it brings the most benefit to you personally and professionally. If you’re in the habit of thinking negatively, challenge yourself this week to switch up your focus and kick complaining to the curb.

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