May 2019 | Issue 89
Are You Smooth or Strong?

Would your organization ever promote smoking or other bad practices that are scientifically linked to health problems? It’s not too likely. Because if it did, they’d be undermining all of the arduous efforts to enhance employee health and well-being.

It’s time to equate toxic attitudes to smoking. They not only damage the health of your employees, but horrible attitudes also directly affect your workplace culture and your organization’s bottom line.  

When employee health suffers, your organization suffers. Unhealthy, unhappy employees negatively affect: performance, attendance, customer ratings, quality and profit.

You say it’s a beautiful day, she tells you why it’s not. You tell him about your new idea, he tells you why it won’t work. You proudly share a recent work success, and she replies with, “Yeah, but what about…?” I refer to these toxins as “Debbie Downers,” “Cynical Sams,” “Pessimistic Pauls,” “Negative Nancys,” or “Gloomy Glens.” They spew venom to anyone and everyone who will listen.

Cutting ties with “Nathan Naysayer” is much easier said than done. Even when bosses need to sever ties, employees often hope they take the necessary action, so the morale of the team doesn’t take a bigger hit. Yet, according to a survey featured on, fewer than half of managers said they would fire someone for damaging team morale. Interestingly, 88 percent of employees would. Team members understand the direct impact of these destructive types. They personally experience their high-performing, fun and collaborative team morph into something unrecognizable—a team they don’t want to be a part of any longer. Sadly, it’s often too late when management finally realizes the extent of the damage.

Regardless of your role, putting distance between you and harmful naysayers is essential for healthy, meaningful and respectful relationships to prosper. Click here to continue reading!

May 1-3: Appleton, WI
The One Choice Rule: Alter Mindset & Behavior
Control Conflict: Collaborate More. React Less.
Resilience: Courageously Adapt & Build Back
Embracing the Challenge of Change
WI Volunteer Coordinators Assoc Annual Conf.

May 10: Greensburg, PA
The One Choice Rule: Transform Your Life and Work by Changing Your Mindset and Behavior
Leadership Retreat

June 4: Whitefish, MT
HOLY COW! How to Create an Amazing Culture that Steers Passion, Performance & Prosperity
Farm Bureau® Human Resources Conference

June 20: Burlington, MA
LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE: Developing Leaders to Deliver HOLY COW! Results
A.I.M. Mutual Insurance - Private Event

June 23 - 26: Las Vegas, NV
Candid Conversations that Drive Results AND
Emotional Intelligence: Managing Emotions to Enhance Performance (both MEGA sessions!)

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