Rona dela Rosa

Tips to Easily Deal with Complainers in the Workplace

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Rona dela Rosa, (2022, April 2). Tips to Easily Deal with Complainers in the Workplace. Psychreg on Organisational Psychology. https://www.psychreg.org/complainers-workplace/
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We’ve all been guilty of whining at some point in our lives. It might be therapeutic to express our criticisms and seek comfort from others who understand. It can often feel as if there are many excellent reasons to be unhappy.

Although it’s normal to want to vent about work discontent or aggravation, complaining concentrates our attention on the negative, and we begin to see and experience the world in a negative light. Complaining can also generate stress, which causes part of our brains to shrink, reducing our ability to accomplish exceptional work.

It’s common knowledge that promoting a positive workplace culture can improve employee performance and make them feel happier, more driven, and more engaged.

These are the tips to address the complainers

Always focus on the opportunity

Your colleagues closely observe your actions, use the opportunity to accomplish your task without complaining, and consider every work task as an opportunity to improve professionally.

Express heartfelt gratitude

Receiving praise changes our perspective and helps us focus on the positive side of working. Expressing thank you and showing genuine gratitude can be an excellent way to avoid complaining.

Keep a healthy and friendly competition

While friendly competition benefits employee engagement, toxic competitiveness is detrimental to team culture. Take advantage of redefining competitiveness by redefining a collaborative effort of accomplishing a task.

Set clear priorities

Determining specific and practical tasks to accomplish limits causes a lot of procrastination and whining. Eliminate a lot of the confusion by offering clarity, eliminating lower-priority tasks, and assisting in the mapping out doable next steps.

Stop expecting perfection

Motivating yourself to achieve your best and admitting that there are inevitable mistakes are part of the purpose to learn and develop, but not to be perfect. 

Complaining is a natural aspect of life. It’s normal to want to air your criticisms and form bonds with people over a familiar foe. Allowing a culture of complaint to remain in the workplace, on the other hand, can prevent you from functioning at your best. By replacing the complaining culture with empowerment and positivism, you can keep yourself motivated, engaged, and active.


Rona dela Rosa is the editor of Psychreg. She is an associate professor at the Polytechnic College of the City of Meycauyan.

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