‘Work hard in the day and get unwound at night’ seemed to be long gone to today’s working class. Many have to work after hours or even on holidays to meet quotas and deadlines that become our ‘tangible’ stresses. But do you realise there are also ‘intangible’ stresses created in the workplace without our knowledge? They could stop you from having a good sleep, make you feel you are tied down by your work or unable to relax at weekends. Over time, you could even be overwhelmed by negative emotions and end up in these situations:
Unorganised working environment
You would have a messy work station with piles of untouched documents, making you think you are not going to finish them and putting unnecessary mental pressure on you.
Fading involvement and satisfaction
You work overtime every day but only to handle general affairs. So your boss undervalues your performance and gives you no reason to carry on with positive energy.
Poor communication with colleagues
You work almost 24/7, spending more time with your colleagues than your family and friends. But if you can’t get along with them, your mood to work and efficiency would be dragged down.
You worked till midnight yesterday and are asked to come in at 8:30 sharp this morning, or you work at weekends without any sign of deferred holiday. With such an ill-managed system that lacks compassion and flexibility, you would feel downhearted and lose morale as an employee.
Before letting the situation get any worse, you should slow down and re-consider the meaning of work:
1. Review your work regularly
Don’t let your work control your emotions and know when to take a break. Before you become a misanthrope in the workplace, stop for a minute to review your workload, working environment and interpersonal relationship on a regular basis, and see if there is room for improvement. This could also help you maintain a positive attitude toward your work.
2. Understand your original aspiration for your job
Don’t just work for your paycheque. Recall the reason you picked this job and look into what’s on your mind. Has your mindset or the job nature changed? If it’s about you, do consider if quitting the job would be a way out; if it’s about the job, try to adjust your perspective and re-discover the pleasure in your work.
Source: Yahoo Hong Kong x AXA LIVE/LIFE website