Friday, December 10, 2010

Coping With a Stressful Work Environment During the Holiday Season

When you are being discriminated against, harassed or are the victim of retaliation, it is a very emotional and stressful time. Then, add on something like the festive holiday season and it can be even more difficult to deal with. It's hard to feel cheerful or to be interested in trimming a tree or holiday shopping or holiday party planning if you feel like you are fighting for survival at work and that you might be on the losing end of things.

Stress can take a toll on you. I actually suffered hair loss, insomnia, high blood pressure, headaches, neck pain, and other problems, when I was targeted at work over a sustained period of time.

Even friends and family become victims. They have to watch you suffer and they also have to listen to the endless stories you tell about what is happening at work. It’s stressful for everyone in your inner circle.

Regardless of what is going on at work, you have to remember to keep yourself as healthy and sane as possible. Think about it…workplace abuse often involves psychological warfare. Usually, there are many people against one targeted employee. You have to understand that it is normal to feel mentally and physically ravaged by events at work. But, you still have to "get a life!" Don't let them take that from you too.

There are some things you can do to help your situation:

TIP #1: You have to be proactive in coming up with strategies for how to cope with your problems at work, including deciding when it may be time to end your employment. Remember, you can always continue your fight to clear your name, when you have severed employment with a company.

TIP #2: If you should decide to leave employment, carefully examine the job market, your finances, and your options. If you are forced to resign your position, always try to leave a job on your own terms.

TIP #3: If you stay at your job, do everything in your power to create a positive and peaceful environment. Bring your favorite CDs to work. Bring in artwork or photos that provide a visual getaway. Take a 5-10 minute walk outside of the building, whenever you need it. But, try to be discreet, when you leave. If you have to, pretend you’re going on a smoking break, which many companies allow. If you’re a non-smoker, say that you’ve suddenly taken it up! If you have to stand there with a loosey in your hand, so be it! Stand outside for a few minutes to purge the negative energy you’ve built up from the office.

Tip #4: Make a quick phone call to a friend or meet a friend for lunch and talk about something other than your problems at work.

Tip #5: Take your lunch break off the premises, if possible. Don’t go to the company cafeteria. Get off of the company grounds!

TIP #6: Focus on doing your job correctly. Don’t give your employer ammunition to use against you that will “justify” your continued mistreatment.

Tip #7: Document everything! Knowing that you are making the best case possible and protecting your interests will give you some peace of mind.

Tip #8: Don’t forget that exercise helps to relieve stress and tension.

Tip #9: Make plans to do something fun! Enjoy the holidays!!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Anonymous John Papers said...

Thank you for sharing this information..

1:41 AM  
Anonymous TracyB said...

You should put a share button on your site so people can share your insightful information on Facebook Twitter and other social networking sites. This is helpful information for someone going through it but feeling alone and like it is only happening to them. We know it happens but many don't want to talk about it for a variety of reasons.

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