Avoid the neg­a­tive. There’s nothing more demor­al­izing than neg­a­tive talk at the office. Whether such grousing is fueled bypol­i­tics or gossip, no good can come of it. Lynne Sarikas, exec­u­tive director of the MBA Career Center at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, sug­gests steering clear of being sucked in by nat­tering nabobs. “Some people just have to have some­thing to com­plain about and will always find a new griev­ance to air to anyone who will listen,” she says. “Don’t fuel their fire. Don’t have more con­tact with them than absolutely necessary.”

 

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