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Are Grumpy Coworkers Better At Their Job?


Don't let the grin fool you! Bandy is always grumpy.

With the soul of an 80-year-old, Bandy is our resident grumpy old man.  Could his grumpiness actually make him better at his job? Science seems to think so!  A new study has found that negative people spend more time on fewer tasks at work, allowing them to hone their skills and perform them much better than positive people.

The Annenberg School for Communication and Department of Psychology did two studies on people who were generally positive (likers) and generally negative (haters).  Over a one-week period, people reported all of their activities as well as their attitudes.  The study found that the "haters" and "likers" didn't differ in how much time they spent doing activities throughout the week, just how many different ones they did.  Positive people tend to enjoy doing a wide variety of activities.

It sounds like being positive is the more-productive option, right? Not so fast.

The study concluded that because negative people spend their time on less activities, they're far more focused on those few tasks.  So while positive people may become somewhat skilled at a bunch of tasks, negative people become highly skilled at a few.

The study also said the same concept could be applied to people and their attention spans.  Positive people are easily distracted, while negative people like so few things they actually remained focused while performing a task.  The latter could describe Matt Harris every day before the show: 

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