Emotions in the Workplace

We all spend a lot of time at work. In fact, the majority of working professionals spend more time at work than they do at home. When spending so much time and effort at work it’s natural to get wrapped up in your own emotions. However, the more time I spend in the workplace the more I realize that it’s important to manage your emotions – perhaps more than anything else.

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When I was managing events I quickly learned that if I stayed calm the event went a lot smoother than if I get emotional – with events the usual emotion is panic. I would pay careful attention to breathe and give information in the most calm manner possible. At the end of the day the people understood what I needed more and me portraying to be calm (even if I was not on the inside) made things a lot more enjoyable and successful. Keeping calm at work is universal for all types of work situations.

Your emotions affect others

Whether you realize it or not, your emotions affect others. We can all think of a time when we were in a bland mood and an interaction with a happy and positive person lifted our spirits. Think of that experience next time you’re in a bad mood at work or are about to complain about something. According to Sheri Carter, Psy. D in “Emotions are Contagious – Choose Your Company Wisely“, “Just as second-hand smoke can have the same or worse effects on the health of nonsmokers, second-hand emotions (if they’re the negative kind just described) can have significant, long-lasting effects on the health and well being of those experiencing them. The negativity keeps pounding away at you and ultimately results in significant second-hand stress, which as you might expect, has the same effects on your mind and body as direct stress. The body experiences and interprets it as one in the same.”

Controlling your emotions can be tough, but with a little practice it becomes easier. Important things to keep in mind for portraying a more calm and happy demeanor are your tone, speech speed, body language, and facial expressions. Obvious signs of people being stressed out or irritated are tense/irritated tones, crossed arms, rapid speech, eye rolls, and raised voice. Next time you’re stressed out take a deep breathe and attempt to portray a calm demeanor. I promise you’ll be happier with the outcome. Putting a little effort in managing your emotions will make a huge difference for providing a calm and supportive environment that’s more ideal for success.



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