It’s Monday, and unless you’re a part of that fortunate segment of the population who just adore their job, chances are this may be the most dreadful morning of your week. At the risk of writing what may sound like a catchphrase, it’s important to remember that it doesn’t have to be this way – even for those of us who are indeed in trapped in a truly horrendous workplace from which there appears to be no escape. Work-stress-solutions.com, the worklife improvement site, gives the following tips on how you can take control of the situation, manage the stressors, and keep the drama at bay.
1. Stop shooting for perfection. Perfection can be a standard to shoot for, but becomes unhealthy when it is the only standard accepted. Some people take the goal of perfection too far…and there is a price to pay. True perfectionists are never satisfied. Chronic or daily attempts to achieve perfection are driven by feelings of inferiority and low self-esteem. This not only impacts the person and their health, it seriously damages the morale of their co-workers. Remember: perfection is not possible for humans.
2. Take your lunch break. Many employees pride themselves on skipping lunch and see it as a sign of their commitment to being productive. The reality is that lunchtime is when people are most likely to become anxious, irritated, or send out snappish e-mails. Once they eat, they almost seem to say, “What was that all about?” We usually don’t see the connection between low blood sugar (caused by hunger) and our stress levels.
3. Stop gossiping. Ouch! This one is going to hurt a little, but the pay-off is big. When you gossip, you are telling the person you are gossiping to that you will do the same thing when he/she is not present. You also have the added stress of keeping straight who you have told what. Gossip really adds up to appearing (and being) untrustworthy. Not the best trait to cultivate as a co-worker!
Gossip is mostly laziness in making small talk anyway. Instead of relying on this old standby to spark-up the lunch table chat, have a few topics prepared before you get there. What if someone else starts gossiping? Don’t respond judgmentally. Just acknowledge the person’s concerns (“He really bugs you, huh?”) and switch topics gracefully.
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