Save Yourself From Workplace Horrors

by meslayter, published 10/24/2013
Forget ghosts and goblins; workplace horrors can haunt you, too, a recent Monster.com global poll found. What potential terrors on the job are most likely to make you look for alternative employment? Respondents said “psycho bosses” and “back-stabbing colleagues” were overwhelmingly their most feared workplace horrors. Less scary for most people were “a silent-as-the-grave workplace” and “having to work into the witching hours of the night.” Even people who love their jobs can have things they dislike about their workplaces. So what should you do if you find yourself dealing with any of these work-related horrors? Keep track of what disturbs you at work, and address your grievances productively. Your complaints should be specific and prioritized, not vague and idle. You need to know exactly what’s bothering you and what needs to be done to change it. Monster’s poll showed 40 percent of respondents were most terrified of the “psycho boss” and 40 percent feared the “back-stabbing colleague.” Are these horrors enough to make you quit your job or can you try to resolve these problems? Because leaving your job is probably a last resort, and you don’t want to make that decision lightly, there are things to keep in mind when trying to take the scare out of your workplace horror. When something at work troubles you regularly, don’t just think to yourself “I hate when this happens,” and then ignore the issue until it upsets you again. Doing that can cause resentment to grow, and you might find yourself bitter and angry around the office. Instead, you should productively confront those troubles because keeping quiet and complaining about your aggravations to friends and family isn’t going to make the problem go away. You need a tactful plan to enact the change you want, especially in a delicate situation such as a “psycho boss.” Consider the details of your problem and take notice of important details: frequency, associated people or tasks, and cost to productivity. These things should be assessed when you’re planning a course of action. You also need to be honest with yourself in your assessment and be realistic about what changes are viable and could actually happen in your work environment. When creating a plan to tackle workplace problems, you need to know the difference between “want” and “need.” Focus on the changes that “need” to occur for you to effectively do your job and maintain a reasonable level of satisfaction in your work. The “wants” are the things that might not be possible or might have to wait to be addressed. If you find yourself needing changes that you’re unable to make, it’s possible your workplace itself is what needs changing, and it may be time to move on. Some workplace horrors are just too terrifying to live with.
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