Under Pressure: How To Cope At Work When It All Goes Wrong
By Business Desk
Tuesday, September 20, 2016.
Everybody knows that resilience is critical when dealing with problems at work. But for some people, even things that seem like minor setbacks can be significant events. The problem is that these events can impact our job performance and actually make our contribution to our team weaker. They can also cause our confidence to crumble.
Building a resilience strategy should, therefore, be a part of everybody’s toolbox for dealing with problems at work. Coping is essential for maintaining your professional reputation and for continued job performance. Learning how to address criticism and challenges is just as important as learning how to do your job.
Let’s take a look at how you can build resilience and work and cope when it all goes wrong.
Worrying About Whether You’re A Fake
If you’ve found yourself in a high-profile job role, you no doubt got there after a lot of training and hard work. But for some people, that’s just not enough. No matter what, they believe that they just aren’t qualified for the positions they hold and believe they shouldn’t be there. It’s called imposter syndrome. And it can dramatically affect the performance of those who have it. They dismiss all their past achievements as just being down to luck. And this can prevent people from taking the next step on the career ladder.
The best antidote to imposter syndrome is to work as closely as you can with other people. The syndrome tends to affect those who spend a lot of time working alone. Over time, the feeling that you aren’t the real deal can creep in. So take a step back and try to steer yourself towards more productive behaviors.
Fix The Stuff You Can Fix, And Ignore The Rest
As an individual, there’s only so much you can do to fix problems when they arise. Some stuff you can fix. For instance, if you get injured at work, you can find a professional, like a Taradash workers comp and injury lawyer to get restitution. But other stuff you can’t fix. Trying to manage a task list that keeps growing no matter what isn’t something you’re going to be able to overcome. If your job role requires two or more people to do effectively, it’s not a problem with you; it’s an issue with the company.
Working in an overloaded state can actually be counterproductive to your goals too. When we work in a state of stress, we stop asking some of the more meaningful questions. We’re so focused on getting the job done that we don’t ask whether what we’re doing is worthwhile. Is it even important?
Blaming Yourself Instead Of Learning From Mistakes
When people encounter problems at work, it’s often easy for them to blame themselves. But blaming oneself is usually counterproductive. Often blame doesn’t come from the reality of the situation. It comes from our unconscious unease with our own capacities.
This is a problem in itself. But it’s also an issue in the context of work. When we blame ourselves, we don’t learn all that much about what has gone wrong. The best way to make the most of a bad situation is to learn from it, so it doesn’t happen again.