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Finding Motivation in a Hostile Workplace

by MSTY Writer Staff

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Most of us are working in a job that we may enjoy wholeheartedly but are others work in a position that they dread with each and every sunrise. A hostile work environment can make an excellent job challenging to perform well. Finding the way to stay positive in the workplace and sustain workplace harmony can prove trying to even the most devoted worker-bee. Poor execution of a project, tense events, moody bosses, nasty co-workers and everyday office politics can make a workplace comparable to Hell.

While some people may have the option to change jobs, not everyone has the luxury of being able to job hop. Rather, most of us are left to mull over and understand that there are things that we must accept --both good and bad. 


In those instances where change is not an option, you will have to find a way to survive in the environment and evolve through the inevitable change. You can use this time to re-examine why you took the job in the first place and; contemplate what it is you most enjoy about the job you are doing. This best practice may be one of the few things that will enable you to survive turbulent times.


Here are some additional steps you can take for the survival of a hostile workplace.

Communication

The first way initiate the resolution process in a hostile workplace environment  is to communicate. If you sense gaps in understanding someone or them comprehending your stance or a feeling that you are getting into one misunderstanding after another, take the time to talk immediately, do not delay. 

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The longer you wait, the more complicated the situation may become. Communication is also necessary to convey your message effectively and to ensure that others understand where you stand.

Stay Away from the Drama

 

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Yes, there is a need to communicate, but keep it professional where hostility exists. There may be people at your workplace who bask in drama and will purposefully try to lure you into their drama-filled behaviors. Remember, however entertaining or frustrating these dramatic situations may seem, they are a waste of your precious time and sometimes energy. These conditions may also give you unnecessary mental stress and thus make you unable to focus on your job. So stay away from those who seem to gravitate towards drama. Resolve issues that are creating conflict, so that balance and professionalism are restored.

Find a Way to Relieve Stress

Find a way to relieve stress. This relief can be the result of a safe and relaxing place or some activity through which you find happiness. A cafeteria nearby, a small break, lunch with a friend, a good book or meditation for a few minutes can do the work. Make stress relief activities a component of your daily work schedule.

Establish Boundaries

Know your limits and communicate them in the workplace. Learning to say no is a skill but a necessary one for survival. It may seem difficult at first, but it will be worth it. Also, tread carefully with who it is you share your personal life ups and downs with unless you know without a shadow of a doubt that they are trustworthy. Work can be an environment strife with office politics and unfortunately, not everyone has your best interest at heart. Be careful to not allow others to take advantage of you.

Don’t Carry Work Home

Leave negativity at work. Do not bring it home with you. Home should always be a place that is rich with positivity and relaxation, where you can be comfortable and able to relax. Avoid thinking about work when possible and avoid taking work home with you.

Leave negativity at work. Maintain a healthy work-life balance. Do not bring it home with you. Home should always be a place that is rich with positivity and relaxation, where you can be comfortable and able to relax. Avoid thinking about work when possible and avoid taking work home with you.