Working with a negative coworker is always hard and sometimes unbearable. To hear constant complaints and their work responsibilities can take its toll on you. Here are some ways to combat your coworker’s negativity and keep yourself motivated:
1. Talk to your coworker. Her negativity could be stemming from things going on in her personal life and she may need someone to talk to. Ask her what she does like about the job to refresh her views on what she wants out of this job.
2. Show her other options. Present to her different ideas she could do to help combat her complaints. Is she getting overwhelmed with her responsibilities? Let her know you could assist her. Are her responsibilities not challenging enough? Suggest being proactive with her boss about tackling other duties. Does she not enjoy this job anymore? Perhaps it is time to start fresh at a new job.
3. Give her praise and recognition. She may be the type of person who needs to hear positive feedback and recognition for her work, so, show her you see that. Your positive outlook and feedback will shine through given time.
4. Stay motivated. Keep strong in your career aspirations and your quality of work. Do not let someone bring you down from your goals in your career. Your boss will see this and in time it will pay off.