Slaying the Workplace Energy Vampires
Don’t let them drain your enthusiasm and productivity
Sarah is an experienced staff nurse who never has anything nice to say. The other nurses hate giving her report because Sarah sighs and rolls her eyes any time they make a positive comment about patients, families, the unit, the weather or anything else.
To Sarah, every assignment is too hard, no reward is good enough and any achievement is “just a waste of time.” Gloom and doom are the only languages she knows — and it can be contagious.
Let’s say you’re having a great day. The sun is shining, and you had a good night of sleep and a nice breakfast with your kids before dropping them off at school. Then, you walk into the break room at work, and there she is — that coworker who is ready to sour your mood and leave you feeling as drained and dour as she always seems to be. You’re about to fall prey to an Energy Vampire!
Creatures of the Dark
Energy Vampires exist in every organization. Some seem to have an almost hypnotic ability to paralyze others with their sheer negativity, which can wreak havoc on morale. A powerful Energy Vampire can destroy any signs of happiness, joy or positivity on the unit.