As employment opportunities are becoming more limited, many people are sticking with jobs that they either hate doing, with people they can’t stand or that are way below their capabilities. So if you have an office bully or your boss really gets on your nerves, here are a few pointers that you could try to manage the situation.
Let them blow of steam
Many people who get aggravated easily and shout, just need to get it out of their system before they can have a normal civilised conversation regarding this months sales figures. Be empathetic and try and reaffirm any problems that are discussed, to show that you are listening.
Don’t give them any bate
The trick here is to not let them know that what they are doing or saying is bothering you. By giving them bate, you could become the office punch bag for rants and humiliation. If you let the storm pass, you should remain in control.
Be on the ball before an issue could become a big problem. If you make your boss aware of a small issue, but offer a solution before it can escalate you could go from ‘zero’ to ‘hero’ in their eyes, making your day run a lot smoother.
Humour can help de-stress a situation, by boosting morale and bringing people together. If someone is in a bad mood, they could bring the atmosphere of the whole office down, but a light hearted joke could raise peoples’ frame of mind. But be careful with the content of your joke as you don’t want to be attending an employment tribunal anytime soon.
Treat people the way you want to be treated
By being open, honest and respectful to your boss, should show them that you would like the equal respect in return. For example, offer constructive criticism about why you enjoyed a doing a task with them, but what you could have done differently to help a similar task in the future.
Speaking of the situations that employees find themselves in, Cy Wakeman from the Fast Company, expressed: To remain in a peaceful place and not be rattled by another co-worker, regardless of their assumed motive, is to assure them that you care about them, but you are unable to participate in the conversation or grant their request.’’
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