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Don’t Let Anger and Frustration Get the Better of You at Work

Emotions are a tricky thing. Even the best of us slip-up sometimes, lashing out at colleagues or, worse still, at our bosses. With the current environment acting as an additional trigger, it’s important now more than ever to learn to manage our emotions at work.

According to a 2017 survey by RobertHalf, 78% of Singaporean CFOs believed the stress levels of their staff would increase over the next three years. The top three causes of rising stress levels would be increased workloads (56%), increased business expectations (54%) and shorter deadlines (40%).

Little did the survey anticipate COVID-19 and the additional impact it would have on mental health at work.

COVID-19 and the new normal of working from home is making difficult situations even more difficult for some. If you’ve had a difficult boss to begin with, the distance may be creating misunderstandings. Or, if you have any family matters that have been troubling you, you may be bringing it out to your colleagues. Or maybe you’ve experienced a layoff or pay cut and any negative emotions associated with that experience.

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There could be any number of reasons that could be causing your anger and frustration to build up. And while these emotions are perfectly normal, it’s important to learn how to manage them so as not to let them jeopardise your career.

We can’t change our environment, but we can change ourselves. Some days may be more difficult than others, but there’s always a chance for a fresh start, which could sometimes just require a simple apology or authentically owning up to where you feel could have done better. 

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