The phrase "one bad apple spoils the whole bunch" typically is the cliché most associated with that one person, whether it is a co worker, family member or friend, that seemingly always has to find the fault in something or dig deeply for the underlying negativity in just about any situation put in front of them.
Call them toxic, pessimistic or the "Debbie Downer" of the group, but just that lone soul can suck the life out of a work related project, family gathering or just a group of friends hanging out incredibly quick with just a few words.
So how do you deal with these toxic people?
Chances are, your first inclination is to ignore them, but that often is easier said than done, particularly when you're talking about the work environment. That said, distancing yourself from the negativity that is inner office discussion from this person often is your best bet, especially if this is a fellow co worker. If this bad apple of sorts is one of your employees and you're the boss, you can't just ignore the problem or their behavior.
It needs addressed and simply can't be overlooked. How you come to grips with this person and ultimately handle their less than superior attitude truly makes the difference between how they'll act moving forward.
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