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February 14, 2007

Bad attitudes at work, as contagious as the flu

Sometimes making it through the daily grind can seem trying enough.  But we all know when you have a negative co-worker sucking your energy on top of the day-to-day stress; it is enough to blow a gasket. 

A recent study at the University of Washington revealed that it isn’t just you.  In fact one or two unhappy, pessimistic workers can sour the whole office.  Also, the study revealed that even with perky, happy workers in this environment, the damage is done. 

With this said, as a candidate for your next career opportunity, be prepared for a thorough screening.  Hiring managers have always suspected that one bad apple really could spoil the whole bunch, but this study now solidifies this notion.  Personality tests, behavioral interview questions and “what if..” scenarios in the screening process will be more prevalent than ever before. 

And for those of you, who suspect that you might be that sour grape at the office, perk up.  You’re dragging the rest of the crew down with you. 

Posted by Christy H.

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