Don’t let false positivity undermine your change initiative

Optimism is key to workplace culture, but a Pollyanna approach to internal messaging—especially one that quashes viable concerns—can undermine your efforts. Heed these five tips.

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The corporate world encourages positivity.

That’s generally a good thing, especially during workplace change, which sometimes brings unique challenges and concerns.

The danger is when you insist that everyone put their concerns away. No matter how legitimate employees’ questions may be, you expect them to keep a sunny disposition—regardless of how they’re feeling about the change.

False positivity is toxic in the workplace—leading to employee disengagement and poor morale—especially when a well-intentioned team member raises a valid concern, only to be brushed off as a “negative thinker.”

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