One of the best things about being a small business owner is having significantly more control over the company you keep, in more ways than one! This can be both your own small business, and the individuals you interact with daily. However, sometimes the impact a negative coworker/associate/client can have is much more significant in small businesses than it is larger ones, and can create a toxic environment in record time. We include a few shocking statistics about “bad company” in today’s post (thanks to officevibe.com and bonus.ly for providing many of the statistics!), and will offer solutions on how to work through negative clients/employees in next week’s post.
So what does all this mean? We can’t control others, for sure, but it’s important that we try to enforce the small business owner’s ability to have more control over who we surround ourselves (and valuable employees) with. It’s equally as important to realize the magnitude of impact negative relationships can have, as the numerous statistics above clearly indicate. Understanding the reality of potential major problems is the first step to being equipped to prevent and change it! In next week’s post, we will discuss methods for coping with the bad apples that can find their ways into small businesses and methods for maintaining a peaceful, cooperative, and productive workplace for all.