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The Grinch Who Stole Business

"Glass half empty" people cost you money--here's how to deal with them and prevent negativity from spreading.

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This story appears in the March 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Every business has one: the "glass half empty" person who's always on the lookout for something to go wrong and spends the bulk of the workday promoting gloom and doom and disparaging everything from projects to people.

This person's "it'll never work" attitude is rubbing off, too. You notice that other employees-once shiny, happy, motivated people-are starting to gossip and criticize. When it comes down to it, negativity is like the flu: It's contagious. It's also expensive. Workplace negativity costs companies millions in terms of productivity and profitability.

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