Workplace Anger Management

Is showing anger at the workplace acceptable?

Scenario 1: 

You worked day and night on a project only to get criticised by your clients.

Scenario 2:

Your colleagues showing up late to a meeting again, resulting in you having to prepare all the necessary documents and presentations for the meeting.

Such scenarios can definitely make your blood boil and your focus is immediately disrupted and it may lead you to saying or doing things you may regret later.

It’s perfectly natural to experience a wide range of emotions in a working environment. However, workplace anger can be detrimental to the team or organisation. Plus it could also lead to some serious health conditions such as depression, high blood pressure and stress.

To help you keep your anger in check, we’ve come up with some easy ways to cool yourself down when work is making you angry:

When anger strikes

Whenever you’re feeling angry, quickly take several deep breaths and repeat a calming word or phrase in your mind such as “relax”, “calm down”, “be patient” or simply count to 10 in ascending and descending order. If you’re still feeling stressed up, try counting from 50.

Do you really want to say that?

Most heated arguments start from the words people say and if you are one of the many people who tend to speak when your emotions are heightened, then it is time for you to take a step back and think about the words you might have said that would have worsened the situation. It is extremely important to choose your words wisely to help address the problem at hand and minimise miscommunication.

Problem solved!

Ruminating on what makes you angry isn’t going to benefit you nor anyone that is involved in the long run. Instead, come up with solutions that would address the problem and at the same time, benefit both parties. Learn from your mistakes and move on in a productive way. By doing so, you’re not only taking control of the situation, but you’re also proving to your co-workers that their actions aren’t affecting you as much as they thought it would be.

Sources: Monster, Forbes