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Stop Complainers and Energy Drainers: How to Negotiate Work Drama to Get More Done by Linda Byars Swindling, JD

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Chapter 8

How to Negotiate Work Drama

Prepare for Detours and Roadblocks

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Spot Work Drama

Work drama is as inevitable as traffic jams. If you live and work with other people, you negotiate regularly with both traffic and drama. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to post warning signs around your known offenders? You could point out the Complainers and Energy Drains you’ve spotted and caution others to prepare for detours and roadblocks.

Classic Slogans about Complainers
Unfortunately, posting signs around the office isn’t enough to deter chronic Complainers. Classics are:
“No Dumping”
“No Complaining Zone”
“If You’re Not Part of the Solution, You’re Part of the Problem”
“Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way”
“Put Up or Shut Up”
For more go to www.StopComplainers.com.

Are You Negotiating Work Drama?

Determining where you have work drama isn’t difficult. Complainers and Energy Drains are obvious. Work drama:

  • reduces productivity and innovation.
  • creates a lack of trust and support among employees, peers, and leadership.
  • results in unnecessary investments of time, energy, and money.
  • produces confusion and a negative atmosphere.
  • costs your organization high performers and devalues your reputation.
  • distracts everyone from getting work done.

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Work drama creates stress, worry, ...

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