For many, some level of discomfort because of work is an everyday occurrence. And, yes, if this discomfort isn’t somehow responded to, it can lead to depression. Let’s look at how this works, and what to do about it.
There are lots of reasons our work may make us sad or angry or scared. Our employers may expect more than seems reasonable. Bosses or co-workers may be angry or scared themselves, demanding or even incompetent. Exclusive sub-groups can form, creating tensions that can be tough to manage. Then there’s the matter of compassion fatigue. This is the emotional exhaustion that can come from working with traumatized people often found in medical staff, clergy and [...]
“Toxic workplaces” are a hot topic in business literature currently. And apparently, rightfully so – negative work environments seem to be growing, both in number and in their reach across multiple sectors. Employee surveys continue to document the downward spiral of job satisfaction and employee engagement across all types of industries and work environments.
But a “victim” mentality is starting to emerge in the world of work (which probably reflects this growing tendency in our culture at large). The tenor of the message increasingly sounds like:
“Woe is me! I work in a toxic workplace” or “You should feel sorry for me because I have a [...]
No one wants to have a Case of the Mondays on a Tuesday or a Wednesday, but nothing is perfect. We are all pulled in multiple directions each day. The resulting stress makes us short-tempered, distracted, and often knocks us off our game a bit. This is why it’s important to be nice in the workplace. Yes, I know I sound like a 1st grade teacher, but it’s important and I’m going to explain why. Nice gets things done more efficiently. Nice makes for a better working environment and superior relationships. Nice makes everything just a little bit better. Consider this: Do you feel better about yourself after treating someone poorly? I’m guessing not. There’s a [...]