Monday, July 22, 2019

Top 5 tips to deal with office frustrations

1. Take a deep breath

It might sound a little cliche, but taking a few deep breaths really does help when you're trying to stay calm under pressure or keep your emotions in check.

2. Maintain perspective

In close proximity in open-plan offices, or in situations where you have spent a lot of time effort on something, it can be very easy to get wound up or show frustration. The little things can escalate and get blown out of proportion. Try to keep perspective. Try talking to friends and family about their jobs, their circumstances, and try to maintain a diverse network. Understanding other peoples challenges, and frustrations can help to maintain perspective on yours.

3. Use the rule of 72

There is a rule of 72, meaning you allow yourself 72 hours to let the situation and your emotions simmer down after the event. This can be particularly helpful in an office environment where you are in close proximity to the situation or colleagues and you need to allow yourself the time and headspace to calm down.

4. Remain rational; it isn't personal

Sometimes, the way a person or situation evolves says more about the other parties involved than you. Remember that canceling a project you spent time on, disagreements on agenda, actions, ideas or programs, aren't personal. They are probably just not on the companies agenda, not a priority for those higher up, or demonstrate exertion of power, agendas, or emotions of others. Raise your views in a professional manner, then, whatever the outcome rise above it all with the tips above, try not to take it personally, and get on with the job that you are paid to do - whatever that might be.

5. Stay constructive and talk

The saying "a problem shared, is a problem halved" is something I have found to be very true. Sometimes, you need to vent and talk about a problem or frustration. The key thing to remember is to get it out, then park it and move on. If you do feel inclined to vent to someone in the office that you trust, remember to try to remain constructive and professional.

What are your top tips for dealing with office frustrations?

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