Keeping Anger Out the Workplace
Anger can be a poison to your career if you allow it to penetrate your professionalism. Here are some suggestions on how to control anger in the workplace:
Keep an open mind. For minor grievances, just let it pass. Take a deep breath and count one to ten to let the irritation dissipate.
Don’t pay attention to office gossip. Avoid jumping to conclusions if you hear gossip about yourself. It just might be that – gossip. Let others argue about politics, religion, and other controversial topics. Keep your mouth shut. Go to your supervisor if needed but don’t blurt out opinions right away because they might come back to haunt you.
Don’t keep it bottled inside. If you have complaints about a policy or situation in the workplace, speak to your supervisor about it. Do this in a direct and professional manner. If you have suggestions to add to your claims, then all the better. Not only do you alert the management of the problem, but you’ve also showed that you care about the company and are willing to make improvements.
Stay focused on your work and try to adapt a positive attitude. A little sense of humor can also help. Whatever you do, leave work problems in the office before you go home. This will allow you to relax instead and let go of the day’s stress.
August 7, 2009 Friday at 1:47 am