Ways to Stay Positive
So, what can you do to beat the negative workplace blues?
- Take charge of your physical space: Surround yourself with pictures, quotes, and trinkets that make you feel happy. If you can listen to music at work, try an upbeat playlist. The website 8tracks.com allows you to select what type of mood and/or music you want to listen to and recommends pre-made playlists depending on your selection. Make sure you are comfortable and organized!
- Find allies: I firmly believe no one wants to be miserable at work. Scout out like-minded people and make it a point to surround yourself with them as much as possible. Try hosting a weekly or monthly lunch where no work talk is allowed. Start with a few friends, or better yet extend the invite far and wide. This can help you to meet and network with people who have a similar mindset to you. Workplace culture can take a long time to change, but you have the power to make small changes that can lead to big results.
- See the good: You likely took the job your in because some part of it was appealing. Try to remember that and focus on the parts of your work that bring you joy. If your coworkers villain-ize your boss, try to look for the positives in that person. We are all people, all have different sources of stress, all have lives outside of work, and all bring something to the table. Try to find that good “something” in everyone.
- Quit complaining: This is absolutely easier said than done. Have a couple people outside of work who you can vent to, but don’t go overboard. One strategy is to get it out of your system right when you get home, but don’t talk about work for the rest of the night. The last thing you want is to allow negativity from work to leak into other parts of your life. Try to laugh off the stress instead of letting it get the best of you.
Career Girls, don’t let anyone drag you down! Keep your head up, remember that you can be a change agent, and know your limits. If you workplace is a toxic environment to the point where you can’t do it anymore, take a step back and evaluate your situation. Life is too short to spend it stressed out and in a job that makes you completely unhappy.