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Grappling with a negative coworker

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A recent Gallup poll found Minnesotans were the least engaged employees in the country, but even workers who like their jobs must grapple with sour grapes in the office.

Gallup's index categorizes workers as "engaged," "not engaged" or "actively disengaged" based on worker responses to 12 workplace elements including productivity, customer service, quality, retention, safety and profit.

"Engaged" employees are involved and enthusiastic about their work, while those who are "not engaged" are satisfied but not emotionally attached, and the "actively disengaged" are emotionally disconnected from their jobs.

Walking around downtown Minneapolis, it's not hard to find people who have negative co-workers.

That attitude not only is toxic, but detrimental to the team.

At Dale Carnegie Training Minnesota, a positive attitude is something to strive for each day. The company has been voted best place to work four years in a row by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal teaches companies how to foster a positive environment. Dale Carnegie recently did its own global study and found 26 percent of employees are disengaged.

Maureen Tubbs with Dale Carnegie says there are three essentials when it comes to building a positive workplace:

-Have a good relationship with your supervisor

-Believe in your senior leadership and the direction of the company

-Have pride in the organization

If you'd like to get out of a negative funk, Tubbs says to focus on things you want instead of things you don't want. As for employers, before responding negatively toward a lackluster employee, ask questions and find out what's behind the negativity.

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