Many times a new supervisor enters the workplace with a positive outlook and enthusiasm. They have a promising vision and plan to improve an already existing department. However, as soon as the supervisor steps foot in their new environment, particular employees have a set opinion about their personality, qualifications, and capabilities without giving them the opportunity to get immersed into the new work environment. These haters, as defined by Urban Dictionary are “persons that simply cannot be happy for another’s person success” (Johnson, 2010). In conjunction, haters possess negative qualities the supervisor should not allow to hinder their outlook and mission. Supervisors should instead use the below tips to bypass negativity and eventually weed out the bad seeds.
Maintain Professionalism – Regardless of how bad you want to give the person a piece of your mind and tell them where the sun don’t shine, DO NOT. Instead, avoid “unnecessary interactions with jealous colleagues…to help defuse a hostile environment” (2012).
Self Reflect – Take a moment and self-reflect to correct any mistaken thoughts or actions that may have caused any misunderstandings or conflict with subordinates (Happy Science, n.d.).
Schedule Meetings – Set up either individual or group meetings to discuss issues and concerns to ensure all questions are answered. If possible identify negative employees and be prepared to coach them to correct unprofessional behaviors.
Select Conflict Carefully – Pick your battles and do not take every incident of shade seriously. Maintain positive support relationships and use haters as motivation (Harrison, 2012).
Although this article is reflective upon an employee with supervisory responsibilities, anyone new to a position can use the above tips to overcome others who, Has Anger Towards Everyone Reaching Success; hence the acronym (HATERS).
Happy Science (n.d.). The principle of self-reflection. Retrieved from, http://www.happy-science.org/the-principle-of-self-reflection.
Harrison, J. (2012). Hater much? How to handle shade and jealousy in the workplace. Retrieved from, http://www.blackenterprise.com/career/serena-williams-caroline-wozniack-....
Johnson, K. (2010). 7 tips to deal with haters. Retrieved from, http://www.kandeej.com/2010/07/7-tips-to-deal-with-haters.html.