What is toxic positivity?

Toxic positivity is the pressure to only display positive emotions, suppressing any negative emotions, feelings, reactions or experiences.

Why is it important?

The pressure to maintain a positive environment in the workplace makes employees less happy, affects creativity and can lead to isolation and unhealthy coping mechanisms. 

Hiding emotions behind a cheerful mask in all situations means denying or minimizing our true feelings.

Warning signs of toxic positivity in the workplace

  • Dismissing all negative commentary and minimizing people’s emotions
  • Saying “everything’s fine” when things aren’t going well
  • Saying “they’re just being negative” when anyone speaks up or complains

How nilo.health can help

Research shows that employees who habitually fake or suppress their emotions are more prone to depression and anxiety, decreased job performance and burnout. 

Creating psychologically safe work environments—those where employees feel safe to take risks, speak up, challenge the status quo and act with vulnerability without the fear of negative consequences—starts with education and training. nilo.health’s digital tools and programs combine scientific insights and hands-on exercises to teach leaders and employees vital skills such as talking about mental health at work, creating psychological safety and strengthening assertiveness.

One-on-one psychological support as well as webinars and group sessions on critical topics, such as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, round out the offering.

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