What to do if your work friends are a bad influence

How do you reduce your risk of being negatively affected by those who you consider your friends and acquaintances, either in your work or personal life? This is also considered negative social manipulation -- where those around you are a bad influence on you and lead you to alter your personal behaviour in ways that don’t benefit your productivity, health or wellness. Some might ponder this question and find it difficult to determine how to respond. Here’s one definition of manipulation: an act that influences another person’s feelings or behaviours. For many, the word manipulation brings up a negative connotation and is something to be avoided.

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Article by Bill Howatt, chief research and development officer of work force productivity with Morneau Shepell.