Office Drama

Let’s be clear, the grass is never truly greener on the other side. Every job has its issues. You will run into personality conflicts, scheduling issues, a supervisor that is either too tough or not tough enough. A boss that supports you or doesn’t know you exist. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention harassment in one form or another. You may enjoy what you do or you won’t. There will be good days and bad. Your salary may be decent but the benefits will suck or vice versa. If you are lucky enough to have the best of all worlds then you might be working your ass to the bone and have no life. I heard on the news recently the healthy amount of hours to work in a week is “eight,”. While that sounds amazing, it’s nowhere close to being practical, which means we have to learn how to deal with the drama around us every day.

It’s good to remember the people we work with are the ones we spend a huge amount of our lives with. If you are around someone that is constantly complaining, gossiping, not doing their share of the workload, it can be draining emotionally and physically. It can also start a riff in the relationships of everyone in the office. A helpful tip is to avoid these behaviors, to look within and make sure you are not an offender or the cause of the drama.  We all should try and live by The Golden Rule“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It is a simple yet basic practice to follow. I like how fellow blogger, Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, explains how to live the Golden Rule in the following link.

For many people I have spoken with, one of the worst issues to deal with in the workplace is having someone purposely create drama. Everyone has personal issues they are dealing with on a daily basis, such as family, health and financial issues. Leaving them outside the door as you begin your day is not always easy to do. Realistically, we spend more time at work with coworkers than family. What we should try to remember is that we are all human and these problems and feelings go with us wherever we go. The key is to learn how to separate those feelings and outward reactions directed towards others at work. No one should want to cause undue stress for their fellow team members. It is much more enjoyable to get along.

As I write this post, I am reminded of how precious time is. How much I enjoy being happy, calm and relaxed. When there is stress, tension and drama surrounding me, I get edgy and short. No one wins in that situation, especially me. It is so much better for everyone’s mind, body and heart to be easy going and just get along. Let’s kill the ego and keep a healthy lawn on both sides of the fence.



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