Trouble at the Workplace – Tips for Professionals to Cope

You may have landed the job of your dreams, you may be getting a fat salary, and you may even be enjoying your work; however, things are not always going to be hunky-dory at the office. I don’t mean to be a pessimist and rain on your parade, but the truth is that careers are often filled with ups and downs, and unless you’re aware of the bumpy road ahead, you could become careless an end up squandering your opportunities and ruining your chances. If there’s trouble at the workplace, it’s best to be prepared to face it head on rather than letting it affect you adversely. So for all young professionals who’ve just embarked on their careers, here are a few tips to achieve success by tackling problems as they arise:

  • Trouble with superiors: This is probably the hardest kind of trouble to cope with – if your boss or anyone higher than you in the hierarchy of the organization is bent on making your life miserable and goes out of the way to hinder your work, then you have a really serious problem at hand. If the issue can be resolved amicably, talk to someone else in a position of authority, and see if you can get your point across without raising your voice and pointing fingers. Sometimes, being patient and ignoring the problem makes it go away, but when it’s persistent and becomes a form of harassment, you must report it and try to get it resolved. If all else fails and senior management is unwilling to listen to you, start looking for another job. However, don’t quit until you find another position.
  • Trouble with co-workers: If your colleagues seem to have a problem with you or vice versa, it’s best to just ignore them as much as possible and stay out of their way. If you must work with them closely, do your part as best as you can, and don’t provide them with opportunities to pull you down. Talk to the people who seem to resent you and try to work things out with them. However, if you’re being bullied and harassed continuously, it’s best to report the issue to your superior and ask them to intervene – you may be seen as a snitch, but if the bullying is affecting your work, you must speak up before it’s too late.
  • Trouble with your work environment: Some people may have trouble coping with work environments that are too formal or too informal. In such cases, it’s best to learn how to adjust after studying the lay of the land and seeing how you can fit in. Every work environment has its peculiarities and quirks, and if you’re going to find fault with all of them, it’s going to be hard for you to find anything to your satisfaction. So adopt an open mind, focus on adjusting to your workplace and its written and unwritten rules, and you’ll find that things get easier as time goes by.
  • Trouble with the nature of your work: If you have trouble with your workload or the nature of your work (it could be that it’s not too challenging or that it’s more difficult than you expected), talk to your superiors, especially if the work varies significantly from what you were told during the hiring process. If you feel your talents are being wasted and you’re just being used to serve coffee and fetch and carry for the top brass, and if no one is bothered to address your concerns, then it’s time to start looking for another job. Also, if you’re being overworked and given assignments and tasks that are beyond your capabilities, speak up in order to avoid burning out and becoming a victim of stress.

Your work life is much like your personal life – you must give as much as you take in order to achieve success, gain satisfaction, and attain fulfillment. So be willing to change your attitude, shed your preconceived notions, and open to learning on the job. This way, you’re sure to succeed in more ways than one.