Organizational Behavior

The effect of employee attitude on Job Performance

People’s attitudes can affect any situation they may be in. Attitudes may influence, in particular, the input and outcome of a situation. The impact of attitude can be felt in the workplace, for example. If you have a good attitude, you may get job satisfaction and organizational commitment, and you are more likely to stay in your job. Bad attitudes, on the other hand, are likely to increase your likelihood of leaving your job. The following reasons explain why your attitude affects your workplace.

Overshadows Achievements

Habitual negativity can rapidly become your trademark in the workplace. If you are always exhibiting a negative attitude, people will not see your good qualities and accomplishments. If an employer feels the need to lay off some employees, those with a negative attitude will be the first to be considered. If you have a positive attitude, however, your employer may give you a second chance even if you were among those being considered for dismissal.


Your behavior affects others’ perceptions of you. You might not say anything, or make a comment that sounds good, but your body language can betray a negative attitude. If your work involves plenty of teamwork, your attitude could cause a project to fail. However, it can succeed if you appear to have a change in attitude.

Demoralization of fellow workers

Your negative attitude influences your subordinates to perform poorly at work. For example, if you are always late or absent because you do not like your job, the punctual or ever-present employees may not see the need to maintain punctuality or regular attendance. Their morale may be eroded especially if no disciplinary action is taken to reprimand your actions.

Unhappy Customers

Bad attitude could ruin your business. If your customers experience a negative attitude from you or your employees, they are unlikely to return. Customers usually avoid dealing with rude representatives of businesses. If they sense a negative attitude, they’ll develop employee apathy that could cause incomplete fulfillment of orders or blown project deadlines, for instance. You need to monitor how employees who deal directly with customers perform if you feel that customers are dissatisfied.

Team spirit

Attitudes enhance the competitive environment in the workplace. A negative attitude can cause workers within your company to develop distrust. Employees can try to achieve success at each other’s expense. A positive attitude, however, can be a motivator that may influence employees to improve their performance and productivity.


Attitude may affect employee retention in your company. Your workers will Want to stay where they may consider being a favorable environment. Employees become more involved in the success of your firm if they sense a positive attitude from you but a negative attitude increases employee turnover. You can, therefore, end up losing experienced staff members and hamper your company’s growth potential. Attitude could make a situation better or worse depending on the situation. It is important to adjust your attitude appropriately, as it could seriously affect the operations of your business.