We all love stimulating environments, people, conversations and goals. When we get something which we find interesting, we love doing that work. But at the other end of the spectrum we have situations and jobs which make us anxious, tired, bored. In between these two extremes is the fascinating and yet mysterious world of stress. There is good stress which stimulates our mind and emotions; and at the other end of the spectrum, we can even collapse with stress. There are two aspects we need to understand: the experience of stress and the personality type.
What happens when our experience changes from stimulation and cheer to anxiety, anger and stress?
People enjoy doing their tasks more when the end result matches or goes above their expectations
We enjoy the task more when it is somehow linked to something we have an interest in
We enjoy the task if it gets us appreciation or adulation
Tasks which are done well within time, and yet at our personal pace give us the most satisfaction
Tasks which have a high social value also give us joy
We like tasks where we feel we are getting paid more than what we expect
Tasks where we inch closer to our deep-seated ambition of wealth/ power/ recognition / comfort are more appealing
What are the tasks/experiences we do not enjoy?
Surprises which are unpleasant, where the task is not in line with our list of appealing experiences
Deadlines set by others
Orders and instructions given without our buy in
Task disconnected with our set of interests and abilities
Getting too many tasks, which we don’t know how to do
Environments that are noisy, hot, and very uncomfortable
Maladjustment with people in the team who are involved in the task
Feelings of injustice
A work pace not aligned to the task deadline
Not asking for help /delegation
The bottomline is that stress = personality type (response ) + environmental situation. Some basic examples:
A person who enjoys research and investigation is put into sales and marketing
A person who enjoys solitude is put in social networking and communication
A person who hopes for a little appreciation is neglected and taken for granted
What are the solutions? We shall explore that in the next column.
From HT Brunch, July 10
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