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NoPeace@work

Here are some things that can ruin your peace of mind... and sanity at workplace

india Updated: Jan 09, 2011 01:11 IST
Sonal Kalra

Here are some things that can ruin your peace of mind... and sanity at workplace

I have a friend who I used to envy, because she’d always seem excited and happy with her work life. But when I met her yesterday after a month’s gap, I was quite taken aback to see the change in her. “I’m ready to throw in the towel on my job. I feel so totally burned out,” she sighed, looking drained and not in the least like the person who used to look forward to each working day with a smile.

A little prodding revealed that some nasty office politics that she had inadvertantly got embroiled in, was impacting her performance while the workload piled up and office became a dreaded place for her.

Does that ever happen to you too, that everyday when you get up in the morning, you fervently wish it was Sunday? Oh, stop nodding you all! This wasn’t directed at the perennially lazy souls who believe they are doing the universe a favour by turning up at work daily. I meant those who otherwise enjoy their job but experience phases of disillusionment — when everything seems wrong and the work routine sort of overwhelms you. I’d say this feeling, actually, is mostly our own doing. In a mindless bid to get to the work, we sometimes don’t realize when the work gets to us.

Here are some things that can potentially ruin your peace of mind at work. Avoid them to avoid stress.

1 Trying to be a super fast mail: Most of us get an email every few minutes… and some, a few emails every minute. And those who carry that blinking monster, Blackberry, do not have a respite from mail even when they may be answering the call of nature. But just because you’ve got mail, it’s not important to leave whatever you are doing and attend to it right away. Finish the work at hand in peace. If it is earth shattering urgent, the sender will call you.

2 Reacting, rather than acting: In the challenging corporate environment of today, everyone seems to be on the edge, and heated exchanges over official matters are common. Avoid getting into a vicious war of words with anyone. And importantly, don’t take it personally. Emotions are not meant for the workplace. A reader recently shared a tip for those who have the tendency to instantly and angrily respond to provocative emails. Draft your reply, but don’t send it. Wait till the next morning, re-read the draft and remove the needless emotion from the mail before sending it. Now that’s being objective!

3 Getting into office politics: This one’s a sure shot calmness killer. Unless your place of work happens to be the Congress or BJP Headquarters, I would say chuck the politics. Focus just on the work and avoid needless group dynamics and bitching sessions. Heard of the headphones? Put them on.

4 Constant cribbing: Don’t keep grumbling and complaining about work pressure or a ‘bossy’ boss or a low salary. Have you noticed that most people in front of whom you grumble, have absolutely no power to change anything? Then why waste your energy and time? Take a break and go out for a walk instead. You’ll come back loving your job.

Sonal Kalra prayed for peace of mind at work. What she got was a piece of mind. Such is life. Mail your calmness tricks at sonal.kalra@hindustantimes.com