I recently wrote an article over at Health eCareers with some ideas about coping when you hate your job:
Here’s one idea:
Check out the rest at Health eCareers
Have you ever had a terrible, awful, annoying, rude, unfair boss?
OF COURSE YOU HAVE!
At some point in our lives, all of us have had a terrible boss. My terrible boss story includes frozen fish food, piranhas and Christmas Eve – but I won’t get into the details.
Anyway, I recently wrote an article over at Health eCareers that included some tips for how to cope with the bad boss in your life. Here’s a glimpse:
Stop talking so much
When I’ve had bad bosses in the past, my first instinct has been to talk about it. With family, with friends, with the grocery store clerk; with just about anyone who will listen. The trouble with talking about it is, it can take a stressor that takes up eight hours of your day and stretches it to taking up 10, 12, 14 hours, or even more. Why give your boss more power and control than they already have? Try keeping work at work and reclaim your off-work hours for things that are fun, relaxing and pleasurable.
To read the rest of the tips, check out the entire story here.
I was recently interviewed for the above story on dealing with stress and negativity at work. Who among us hasn’t dealt with these issues at least once? Especially in this era of mass layoffs, downsizing, and salary reduction, negativity in the workplace can spread like the flu. If you have a negative (and talkative) office mate, it can feel almost impossible to maintain a positive outlook.
I once worked with a woman who – I kid you not – had absolutely NOTHING positive to say about our workplace. She was pretty negative about life in general, but in the 6 months I worked with her, I never heard her say anything even remotely positive about our job, co-workers, or employer. It was a tough few months. I struggled to stay positive around her, but often felt like a polyanna – I ended up sounding unrealistically hopeful and upbeat. So how do you stay positive around a negative co-worker without sounding like a phony goody-two-shoes?
What do you do to stay positive in the face of negativity?