For working professionals, it is imperative that they have a pleasant and a positive environment to work in. However, there are times when this very environment becomes sour and uncomfortable, causing disgruntlement and anger. And due to the current scenario and with the mounting pressure to perform better amongst the ever increasing cut throat competition, there seems to be a rise in unsettling emotions including anger at work. And the result is hampered productivity disturbed teamwork, etc among other outcomes.
There are often moments at work place when employees get angry and lose their cool. The reasons for the same may be many but the outcome is the same leading to low performance, failure in understanding colleagues, and eruption of unknown emotions.
So what could be the main cause for the same? There can be numerous causes for the eruption of anger at the workplace from small petty instances of harassments or abuse, to peer pressure stress etc. Anger builds up inside when expression is curbed. Most people do not have the tact to relate their problems, in an effective yet non-heated manner and to prevent an outburst employees bottle up their resentments.
Anger at work can be caused due to various reasons including issues with the boss, colleague, personal issues, etc. Unfortunately stress at work has become the norm rather than an exception. Today it is not enough for you to know the job; it is imperative that you are successful at it too.
Though it is very natural to have varied emotions at work, the impact of every emotion is different. Anger specifically can have drastic impacts on your professional life. Anger clouds perception and is known to fail intelligence of an individual as well as of an organization. Anger at work if not addressed properly can prove to be highly counter productive. It not only impacts the individual’s morale bit also the performance team dynamics and the work environment. So how do you deal with this emotion at work? What is the best way to avoid such feelings? The best way to control anger at the workplace is to walk away from uncomfortable discussion. It does not mean putting off the issue. It is always better to have discussion and confrontations when you are not in an agitated frame of mind.
When you feel about of anger coming, try to calm down. Once you have calmed down, return with a more rational mind to discuss what went wrong and seek a solution if possible. If you still can not see eye to eye get a third person to help you.
It is important to learn how to communicate effectively, as it can help one solve anger issues. Losing ones temper is useless, as it does not get you anywhere
So next time you think you are about to lose your cool breathe. Calm down and let the moment pass, as anger can get you nowhere but out.
Tips of Anger management:
Try counting to ten or think before saying anything. This may not address the anger directly, but it can minimize the damage you will do while angry. Ultimately you want to get the work done or seek information from peers or your team. Anger is not the solution and spoils the way if any to complete the task.
Learn to relax. This is easier said than done some times, but if you find something that calms, you it is a good way to keep your anger under control and a good way to maintain a calm environment in an angry situation.
Laugh it off: Think of something funny and laugh out loud. It is very difficult to be angry when you are laughing.
Step and think before you speak and leave any sarcasm out of the conversation.