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6 steps to be dignified at work even when you are the worst

Work situations can vary from good to best or from bad to worst. Every day can’t be the same. Generally, when there is a strenuous situation at work, the first natural reaction would be to panic and lose control. But remember, such outbursts can only lead to worse. The trick is to maintain calm and seek a solution.

The ability to maintain calm under pressure or to maintain your composure even if the occasion is at its worst, won’t come in a day or two. It is a skill that you have to learn and develop. Below are few ways that can help you maintain your dignity at work even when faced with worst work situations:

Take a breather

Stop for a minute and analyse if the matter that is pressing you will really matter or affect you in the long run. If the answer is no, then just neglect it and go about your work. If the answer is yes, then seek solutions and think what can be done to get out of the situation. The idea is not to react but to act.

Maintain your positivity

Never allow negative thoughts or attitude to swarm you even when you are facing one of the worst situations at work. Instead, think ahead and believe that something constructive is going to emerge out of the mess. Stay calm and positive and things will definitely turn in your favour.

Handling office bullies

The first thing to remember is – if you are a victim of bullying, it is not you who is to blame. It is not about you, it is the idiotic mentality of the bully that is causing this. Avoid it with a firm attitude and concentrate on your work. Put your best foot forward, for most of the bullies retreat when they see a strong opponent. If things go out of hand, approach seniors, but never lose temper and cool.

Leave frustrations at the door when you enter the office

Treating office and home as two different entities is important to maintain composure at office. Whatever your frustrations and issues might be, while in office, concentrate on work. Some experts have suggested that devoting some time for exercise, jogging, a walk or even meditation in the morning before you leave for work, can help make the mind calm. Try it.

Dealing with an irrational boss

If you have negative opinion about your boss, remember you are not alone but it is best to deal with it in a practical manner. Having a hostile relationship with your boss can be detrimental to your career, so instead of treating him as an enemy, consider him as a client and be the best that you can be in your work.

Thinking of revenge doesn’t help anyone

You may have been hurt badly by a colleague’s action or remarks or your boss’s attitude, understand that you won’t gain anything by retaliation. It might not be that easy to forget and forgive for all, but at the same time, vengeful attitude will only add to your stress and work performance. Let go should be the mantra here.

These are just some ways that you can maintain composure and dignity while facing some severe stressful situations at work. You can sit and find more ways to do it. If you read the stories of successful people, one thing that you will find common in them will be their ability to maintain calmness and emotions during their worst days. That is the mark of successful men and women. Hence let your brain take control during worst situations at work and you move forward with a dignified smile.

Dr Prem Jagyasi and Team (C)

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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