Is it really that bad or just a matter of perspective and attitude?

 “Top 10 reasons why constant complaining is so toxic in the workplace.”


1. “It makes things look worse than they are.” If your job is 80% positive and 20% negative but you spend most of the time complaining about the smaller 20%, things will look worse than they are.

2. “It becomes habit.” The more you focus on the negative, the harder it gets to switch into a positive mindset.

3. “You get what you focus on.” If you focus on the negatives of the present; that’s all you tend to see in the future. Confirmation Bias

4. “It leads to onedownmanship.” That’s nothing…my story is worse.

5. “It makes people despondent.” Why take action, we are doomed.

6. “It kills innovation.” What’s the point; it’s hopeless.

7. “It favors negative people.” Being the most negative provides status among complainers.

8. “It promotes bad relationships.” Promotes interpersonal relationships based on negative experiences.

9. “It creates cliques.” Complainers unite.

10. “Pessimism is bad for you.” Research has shown that people who are more likely to see the world in a positive light live longer, are healthier, enjoy life more and are more successful at work.


The free online book:  “Happy Hour is 9 to 5; Learn How To Love Your Job, Love Your Life and Kick Butt at Work” provides some decent advice.

2 thoughts on “Is it really that bad or just a matter of perspective and attitude?

  1. Great post.

    When you think about the fact that most of us spend more time at work than anywhere else, why not make it a pleasant, positive and enjoyable place to be.

  2. Thanks 😉 I had a coworker who was a chronic complainer. It got to the point I dreaded being around her. She used to talk behind fellow team mates’ backs and it simply got too much for me. I didn’t feel like spending 8 hours plus a day with this woman who couldn’t see the good in anything.

    I feel, even if you don’t like everything about your job know you will have bad days but don’t get so down about it you drag everyone else with you into the pit.

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