How to Overcome Negativity in the Workplace
It's hard to feel proud of our work when we face condemnation in the workplace; read on to learn how to overcome criticism and thrive in your environment today.
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Please note: This article is not a technical article for your career development, but a philosophical one to shape your attitude.
Do you ever feel that you do not receive enough credit for the effort you put in? You may have a particular field of focus, but your organization wants something new. Constructive criticism is fine, but have you ever been in a situation where your work and effort have been poorly regarded? Have you ever felt that you lost respect at your workplace? Research indicates that disappointment may lead to distress. Furthermore, studies state that nervous stress can hinder one's ability to execute tasks. However, some researchers suggest that insult and indignation can encourage people to avoid failure. Overall, how our work is received in the workplace is integral to how we view ourselves and our successes.
If you feel this way, you aren't alone; this sort of feeling has been around for ages. We may view history, however, to see how our ancestors would have dealt with this type of circumstance.
The ancient Tamil poet and philosopher, Thiruvalluvar, has written in the chapter — “Selection and Employment” Couplet — 519, “Fortune deserts the king who ill can bear / Informal friendly ways of men his tolls who share.” This means that prosperity will depart from the king who deceives the man who works consistently for his ruler.
In today's terms, this means we cannot directly blame you for your boss’s actions. According to Scherer, the Emotional Assessment Theory, which outlines the development mechanism of emotional responses, notes that the negative feelings of people in an organization are extracted from the knowledge that they observe by evaluating and judging the surrounding environment. Regardless of the cause, if you sense the disparagement or disregard from your office, it is time to assess yourself.
This same philosopher writes in — “Honour” Couplet — 966: “It yields no praise, nor to the land of Gods throws wide the gate / Why follow men who scorn, and at their bidding wait?" The translation here is as follows: what sense does it make for the rich to stand against those who ridicule them? In this case, he would lose glory and not reach heaven.
Similarly in Couplet — 967, Thiruvalluvar states that “Better 'twere said, 'He's perished!' than to gain / The means to live, following in foeman's train." This means that it is better for a man to say that he died in his natural condition than that he spent his life pursuing those who disgraced him.
This excerpt forces you to consider some serious questions... What decides your career? What defines your success? Is it the words from your boss? Is it your quantitative success?
I hope this will offer a sense of familiarity with people who have experienced tough and confusing times in their corporate careers. Hence, this is the opportunity to discover yourself. Identify the work that you love the most. Forget about the appraisal process, dwell on the job you do, and become a part of it; dissolve in it. Ultimately it is best to pursue your desired profession.
Let's do our jobs with complete involvement. Respect and dignity are the keys to good work culture. Remember that everything is a matter of perspective. A cheetah cannot win a swimming competition. One's opinion does not justify who you are. Also remember, an alphabet "M" viewed upside down makes a "W". That doesn't mean a different perspective is always wrong. Develop more empathy. Ignore everything that pulls you down. Work for your satisfaction and expect nothing in return. Job satisfaction is the greatest reward you'll get.
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