How to Respond to a Negative Situation

For any office worker, the ideal workplace is one where office rules and policies are followed and there is healthy relationships between fellow employees.

However, there are times when the workplace becomes less ideal than what it should be. For instance, there are both contented and discontented employees in many offices.

Nearly all workplaces have some undesirable element in it. But while an office worker can’t change such elements right away, he or she can respond positively to such negative situations, which can eventually help the situation become positive.

Below are some ways on how to respond positively to negative situations in the workplace.

Receiving negative reviews from your superiors about your work – Immediately find out what are the reasons behind it. Don’t ignore it or procrastinate in finding out the cause.

Many times the reason/s can be more of a misunderstanding or a miscommunication that occurred in the course of your work.

Fear of getting reassigned or laid-off due to downsizing – If you sense danger early on, promptly assess how you can show to your superiors that your job still contributes greatly to company welfare and wellbeing.

Show them that its vital, and do everything to excel so that they would consider retaining you and/or your position.

Feeling overworked and at the same time underpaid – The best way to deal with this is to analyze first if you really feel you are indeed working too much.

If you think you are overworked, then it’s time to sit down with your superior and tactfully explain to him or her the situation, but never making judgmental statements or uncalled-for opinions. Be respectful and allow your boss to think for himself/herself. The best realization is self-realization.

Encountering work-related depression – Job depression happens to all office workers, regardless of title or position. If you regularly encounter stress or self-doubt at work, think positive.

Always be conscious about your work and not about what others may be thinking about you. Also, don’t allow others to make you feel guilty about work that you may not have completed or accomplished fully.

Experiencing job burnout – Job burnout occurs when you feel stuck in your chosen career and getting no contentment out of it. It’s been compared to going up a mountain and then encountering a plateau instead.

The key is to focus your energy on other things instead, such as developing new skills that can help you find renewed satisfaction for your work, or doing projects that help relieve monotonous tasks.

Dealing with a negative superior – Every work relationship always has its challenges. If your boss claims credit for your work, then tactfully and respectfully make it appear as a team effort too.

If your manager tells you to be dishonest, explain to him or her that you are uncomfortable with it. In many instances, many superiors actually understand and adjust accordingly to accommodate your requests.

Co-workers taking notice of your mistakes or errors – The first thing to remember is that this is normal. You can’t always be right at everything you do, since mistakes are part of the learning process.

Hence, what matters is not your mistake, but rather learning from that mistake and doing something to correct that mistake. When your officemates see your efforts, their respect for you will grow.

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