Moving up in an organization can be easy if you develop a strong leadership mentality. Let’s talk about dealing with and rising above negativity in the workplace.
In an ideal world, projects would run smoothly, deadlines would be easy to achieve and everyone would get along.
This is not an ideal world causing circumstances beyond our control. It is important to keep emotions in check, especially in the age of instantaneous communication.
Email, instant messaging and texting make communication simple, but sometimes impersonal. It is very easy to compose or reply to an email in the heat of the moment. Doing so can damage not only your relationship with the recipient but your professional image. This is something that should be avoided at all costs.
It is also very easy to go to your superior or even a very senior-level executive in your organization.
Seeking the advice of your direct manager or an impartial colleague can help garner perspective, but jumping rank is definitely not advised. If the situation involves your manager and you absolutely must go higher, let your manager know that this is what you intend to do. Assure them that it is not personal, that you are simply looking out for your career. Get their guidance on the best way to handle these situations.
When life throws you a curveball or a less than ideal outcome, keep your emotions in check.
While this can be difficult, it is a skill that will help not only with your professional standing but with your life in general. The old adage of “sleeping on it” still stands true today. Avoid making any decisions or responding to emails or voicemails as long as possible. Overnight is great, but if that is not an option, wait until you are calm.
During this waiting period, take some time to become aware of what is happening and why it has triggered a negative response.
Are you upset that the situation did not work out as you anticipated? Did someone take credit for your idea? Perhaps you are simply having a bad day and the particular email or conversation hit your last nerve. Regardless, everyone is human and less than ideal things happen.
Office/peer dynamics can be complex. Rising above the chatter and gossip takes a strong leadership mindset. Being an example proves that you are the best candidate to move up the ranks.