Managing Emotions in the Workplace
Management of Emotions at Work
How can you be more effective at managing your emotions and choosing how to react in bad situations? Stressful situations are common in workplaces that have had to deal with budget cuts, staff layoffs and department changes. It can be difficult to control your emotions in these situations, but it is even more important.
Management may be forced to make more layoffs but they might choose to keep people who are able handle emotions and can work under pressure. You have the freedom to react to any situation, no matter how dire it may seem.
How to manage your emotions at work
1. Do not bring negative emotions home
It is a good idea to let go at the end every day of work of anger, frustration, and unhappiness. Negative emotions can fester and bring you to your breaking point. To avoid overwhelm, it is best to empty your emotional trash can on a daily basis.
2. Know your triggers
Sometimes, you may be able predict the reaction of the other party. You can plan your response and remain calm in order to avoid any unpleasant situations. Recognising what angers and upsets you is a great help.
You don’t have to respond if the person is rude. It is possible to be gracious, assertive and firm without being aggressive. Sometimes rude people will learn to be more patient if they don’t get a response from you. They realise they are not the only one shouting. Your colleagues should be treated the same as you would yourself.
4. Don’t respond or make a decision if you are angry
Keep your anger at bay by avoiding all communication. It is possible to type it but keep it as a draft. You can then sleep on it for at least a day. You can re-read it again the next day, or let someone you trust look at it before sending it. Don’t let anger or sadness cloud your judgment. It’s easy to send an email or send a text message that you regret later in this age of instant communication.
Clarify before you react, especially if there is a miscommunication or misunderstanding.
6. Relaxation techniques & deep breathing
Talk to someone who can help calm you down. This can help you with anxiety, worry and frustration. Deeply inhale and exhale, taking deep breaths until you feel calm. Slowly count up to 10. To cool off, you can go for a walk or listen to relaxing music.
7. Exercise to blast your anger
Exercise can also be a great way to boost your mood. To let go of anger, you can take to the gym or run on the treadmill. Exercise will also help you release physical tension.
Leaders face a difficult challenge when it comes to managing emotions at work. Any emotional situation can have a ripple effect that can be very damaging. This is an area in which great leaders can truly stand out by treating emotions as something that’s good for the company. These profound social changes along with new scientific insights into how each gender works will be transformative for the future of interpersonal dynamics at work.
Emotional responses are natural because we’re all human. The goal is to have the passion that people feel at work contribute to the success of your team, not hinder it. You can support your team and each member of it by learning how to manage your emotions.