Managing Emotions at Work
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When you are at home, you might react to stressful situations with shouting, or feeling pity for yourself or hiding in the corner. At work, however, these behaviors are unacceptable and can harm your productivity and professional reputation.
With department changes, budget cuts and staff layoffs, stresses in the workplace are very common. It can be very difficult to manage your emotions during stressful circumstances, but it is very important that you do so. If more layoffs are being forced, management may decide to keep those who work well under pressure and can handle their emotions.
How can you better choose your reactions and become better at handling your emotions in bad situations? I am going to share with you how you can productively manage some of the common negative emotions at work.
Common Negative Emotions in the Workplace
Cynthia Fisher conducted research to find the most common negative emotions at work, which clearly showed the following:
Here are a few strategies that can be used to deal with these negative emotions.
Irritation and Frustration
If you feel like you are unable to move forward or as if you are trapped, you probably feel frustration.
Whatever the reason of your frustration is, you should deal with it quickly so your irritation doesn’t lead to additional negative emotions.
Some suggestions to deal with irritation and frustration are:
Nervousness and Worry
When layoffs are increasing, anxiety and fear increase because of the worry about losing one's job. You cannot let this worry get out of control because this can impact your productivity and mental health.
Deal with your worrying using these steps:
Aggravation and Anger
The most destructive emotion in the workplace is anger and is one that most people have a difficult time handling. Learn to control your temper if you don’t want to lose your job.
Some suggestions to help control your anger are:
Regardless of how you feel about someone, if you are in the workplace, you must be professional.
When you dislike some people you work with, here are some ideas to help you:
Unhappiness and Disappointment
It can be very difficult to deal with unhappiness and disappointment. These emotions are very likely to impact your work productivity. Your energy will be lower, you might be afraid to take risks, and this may put you at risk of holding back from achievement.
Some proactive steps to take in order to cope with unhappiness and disappointment are:
Sometimes, learning to cope with your feelings can be the most important part of overcoming negative emotions at the workplace. Negative emotions spread from person-to-person, and nobody wants to be around a negative person.
Know what kind of feelings you face the most and then figure out what causes the negative emotions. Try to interrupt those emotions as soon as they appear because the longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to stop the negative thinking.