More often than not, there’s a nagging problem or two in the workplace that you may not know how to deal with. Whether it be a nasty workplace bully or something as common as a heavy workload, if you’ve got something at work that’s bothering you, chances are you’re searching for a solution.
With these answers to the most common problems in the workplace, you can hopefully put the issues to rest.
Sadly, this problem is way more common than a lot of us would like to admit. Some people do not grow out of the playground insults, and when carried on over multiple months, bullying can evolve into something much more sinister and hurtful.
Whether you’re directly a victim of workplace bullying or simply a witness to it – six out of ten people are said to be involved somehow – it’s vital you do something about it instead of standing by and letting it happen, even though it may seem like an exhaustive and futile battle. Report it to HR or anyone in authority in your company, and something will likely be done about it. If not, external helplines and organisations can take the reins and help you deal with the situation.
Sometimes, workloads and deadlines can get the better of us all. The resulting stress and unhappiness seems inevitable, but it can be dealt with. Should you get to the point where everything in the workplace becomes a little too much to cope with, make sure you talk to colleagues or bosses about it – don’t bottle it up, because you won’t get anywhere.
Often there are strategies and processes you’re able to utilise in your work in order to overcome the panic and stress of imposing deadlines. Supervisors can often aid you in dealing with feeling overwhelmed – they have your wellbeing and enjoyment in their best interest, so don’t hesitate to approach them and transparently discuss your problems.
In the case of your boss being the issue in the workplace, it’s understandably a harder issue to cope with. Many people pack up and resign as a result of supervisor with difficult behavior, but that doesn’t have to be the answer. There are plenty of potential ways to deal with a boss you may clash with.
Try and figure out why they act the way they do – is it down to sinister negativity or just stress? It’s important to remember they likely have a lot on their plate. Maybe there is something you can do to take off some of it? If the relation between your boss and you or your team stays strained and open communication about it seems too risky, this is where anonymous feedback tools might help.
Not getting paid enough
We all want more in our bank accounts, but sometimes the amount you receive seems disproportionate to the amount of work you do. Whether it be a result of overtime that isn’t recognised or the role you play in the workplace, it’s never a good thing to feel underpaid or even simply unappreciated in your job.
If you feel like a raise should be on the cards (or you’re owed money for overtime you’ve completed), perhaps ask your boss for a moment to talk about it if you haven’t got a scheduled meeting or review coming up. More often than not your desires will be taken into account, and you could be successful.
Low team spirit
Do you feel a depleted vibe between your colleagues in the workplace? If so, see how you can help people beat their funk and become more of a team. There could be some personality clashes driving people apart or just a general drab atmosphere, so try and be the positive influence who lifts up your colleagues. You’ll quickly become the standout employee, whilst also boosting the morale and making the workplace more bearable for all.
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