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Wise Ways to Stay Cool at Work

By Sandy Schroeder

Knowing what to say for a particular moment can make a huge difference on the job. Most people learn as they go along what to do, and what not to do, but sometimes honest mistakes are made that are hard to undo.

Dr. Travis Bradberry, co-founder of TalentSmart, an agency that serves 75 percent of the Fortune 500 companies, took a look at this problem recently.

Bradberry said, “Self-awareness is a critical skill in the workplace. It is the foundation for emotional intelligence, which supports 58 percent of job performance. If you remain self-aware, you can control mistakes before they damage your career.” 

Workplace Tips

Consider these tips to stay aware and be effective.

Skip the emotional explosions – Sometimes it can be all too tempting to say what you think, but then all of those angry words are out there, and new situations may be created. Speak up calmly if you have objections, or valid points to make, but step away when things overheat. That leaves the door open for real communication later.

Don’t promise the moon – When things are going amazingly well, it can be tempting to project and promise even more great things, but that can be a trap. Now you have put goals out there that will need to be achieved to avoid disappointment. Better to be realistic and achieve all you can step by step, satisfying yourself and your company.

Undercutting others – Making someone else look bad seldom improves the overall situation. You may have a valid complaint, or suggestions for improvement, but it is usually wiser to solve issues one-on-one, instead of undercutting someone else to get things done.

Don’t be a negative – We all have days that are less than perfect, but when they become a habit, and people expect you not to smile, you are not helping anyone. Find ways to break out of your mood. Start running, or find a funny friend who can always see the positive side.

Skip the chatter – The danger in gossiping is if you do it people may wonder what you are saying about them, too. Better to head in the other direction when you see the office terror headed your way.

Applause seeking – It’s OK to be pleased and proud when work goes well, but making a huge deal out of it seldom plays well. Accept applause and then move on to make more good things happen.

Every job is different. If these tips fit, use them to stay aware and make the most of who you are and what you do every day.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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