by Amy Roper
(last updated August 9, 2012)
Most Americans spend over half their waking hours at work. If you enjoy your job, this is great—but the workplace is not always where people want to spend their time, especially since most offices lack privacy and force frequent interaction with people who may not be your favorite.
Has an irritating coworker just about pushed you over the edge? Do you dread waking up to a boss who doesn't appreciate your contributions? Have you had your fill of one too many demanding, entitled customers? Perhaps you just don't feel your best when you have to get up early every morning. These sorts of irritants can escalate into outbursts and sometimes even violence that can harm your personal relationships, job position, and even have legal ramifications. Unfortunately, we usually can't stop these things that are bothering us, but we can control how we react. Most of these irritants build up over time, so it's much easier to control our response before the small things build up to the inevitable, always-later-regretted outburst. Here are some tips for dealing with the inevitable challenges at the work place in a constructive way:
Practicing these habits will help you maintain good relationships, build bridges instead of burning them, and keep your professional opportunities bright and open. They will also help you feel healthier emotionally and physically.
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