Sitting in a tiny cubical, no windows, din-gee lights, weird smells, and lots of whispers, this is what you have to look forward to when coming into work. Don’t you ever get frustrated from the monotony of it all? If people haven’t worked in an office setting they would never understand the pains and struggles that people face. In the office, how do you overcome the frustrations and stay positive? If seems the office setting does more harm than good to a person. So, how do you make the office work in a positive way for you?
First, let’s discuss some of the difficulties of working in an office. Long hours of sitting is actually very bad for your body; the body was meant to get up and move around- not sit for eight hours a day. Staring at a computer screen can be very difficult on the eyes. Working in close proximity with office mates can become suffocating. When the office is quiet you can hear all the conversations while people work- which is bad in an office setting and encourages gossiping. Sometimes people are tied to their computers and phones; having to clock in and out of the phone every time you step away can be infuriating- plus managers will monitor phone calls and emails. Multitasking leads to errors; in this day and age almost everyone multitasks if they want to keep their job. Coworkers can be untrustworthy. The worst, having micro managers, and having managers that never give praise for a job well done. Any of this is enough to make a person go crazy if they must be in the office for the entire day.
What do you do to make the office a better place? When you are frustrated, start by taking deep breathes. Listen to music. Pay attention to the job that you are doing. Focus on what makes you good at what you do. Find an element of the job that is satisfying to you. Work the job to your benefit. Whatever you do, DO NOT gossip. Stay away from the negative people. Remember: your reputation is everything! Protect it. So don’t let anyone talk negatively about you; if they do, shut them down immediately. Always try to smile. Keep pictures and plants at your desk to help uplift your mood. If you have to do a task that you do not like, grin and bare it. Things will get better when the project is complete. Can you pick up any extra tasks that you enjoy doing? Do whatever it takes to stay calm. Don’t bring the job home with you and don’t let it wear on your emotions. Don’t take the job to heart because a job will never love you back- not in this day and age. Do your job, do it well, and then enjoy what you do after hours. Also, make sure to take breaks- this is important for your sanity. Whether you take a short walk mid morning or mid afternoon, this will help you feel good. It is highly recommended to take a nice walk at lunch. Eat healthy, don’t snack on junk food, because a job (when you are not happy) is never worth deteriorating your health. Stay positive. Think of the things you enjoy. Stay calm. and find ways to stay true to who you are. This is how you survive in a setting you do not enjoy.
Office jobs in this day and age can be very stressful and not enjoyable. Don’t get stuck at a job you hate. Yes, we all have to have a paycheck to pay the bills, but keep your focus on what your strengths are, what you want to do, and what you will do. Always keep looking for a new job- it’s good to know what’s available at all times. And when you least expect it, something great will happen, and you will finally be living the dream you hoped for- a better job, a good paycheck, and working on projects you love.