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Drama at Work?

 

 

 

Did You Know the Bible Says...

 

  "Dont use foul or abuve language.  Let everything you say be be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them...Get rid of all bittnerness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as malicious behavior, Instead be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you."

           (NLT, Eph. 4:29-32)

 

 

 

 

Dear Friend,

 

Does your busy eight to twelve hour workday involve more stress than production? Are you quiet quitting? And the sentiment that I hear most commonly... Are you ready to go home as soon as you arrive? 

Since the beginning of the modern eight hour workday, people have found themselves entagled in workplace drama.  In years past, occassional dirty talk and friendly competitions were used to help pass the time away.

Unfortunately, and over the past decade or so, the work environment has become unrecognizable at times.  It has been  more of a breeding ground for stress, ethics complaints and low employee morale.  Even workplace violence has made its way into the news feeds and with alot more frequency and catostrophic results.

 

Lack of teamwork, bullying, stress related to achieving unreachable quotas and mean-spiritedness, can cause mature adults to faction into the reticent and agressive, just as with schoolyard children. 

 

And not surprisingly, the Center for Disease and Prevention Control (CDC) has connected certain

illnesses to workplace drama.  Suicide, cancer, ulcers, and impaired immune function suggest a relationship between stressful working conditions and these health problems.1    It's no surprise that violence eventually spills over.  People have reached their breaking points!

 

After years and years of facing my own headaches and frustrations at work, and without any

solutions in sight, I eventually learned that through the strength of Jesus Christ and not my own, 

I could overcome such trials.  Worrying about the attemps of others to harshly criticize, to

blackmail, sabotage, and ciruclate gossip had to take a backseat to my new belief

system.  I had to discipline myself to speak only the  positive things Christ had in store for me

  

Try and consider some of the following KEYS, all rooted in God's word so that you don’t fall 

into the predictable trap of silly and avoidable workplace drama...or something worse.

 

1.) Have associations and friends outside and separate from your job.  This minimizes on your

need to socialize and share private info with only those you know from work.  The less

personal information known about, the better.  It gives less ammunition for those who are

into sabotage, mutiny and gossip.

 

2.) Mind your own business!  It’s a simple statement that should never be underestimated.

Walk away if you’re in the midst of a group and you feel a gossipy conversation coming on.

 

3.) Always seem pleasant.  Smile.  Give the impression of your neutrality and willingness to be

friendly with everyone.  If possible, stay away from known cliques.  Try eating lunch with people

who are different from yourself. And remember,  “Hello” and “Have a great day” are always

great words to live by.

 

4.) Read a book on break.  Much of our proverbial wisdom comes from the book of Proverbs believed to have been written by the wisest man to have ever lived. Below are positive words one should live by, not only at work but in everyday life.  Try committing some of these scriptures to memory as they may help you keep things in perspective while working.

 

The wise are glad to be instructed, but babbling fools fall flat on their faces. (Prov. 10:8)

Don’t talk to much, for it fosters sin.  Be sensible and turn off the flow! (Prov. 10:19)

A gossip goes around revealing secrets, but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence. (Prov. 11:13)

Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing. (Prov. 12:18)

 

 

While most workplace drama can be remedied by working on our own personal behavior (as the tips above suggest), some problems that occur in the workplace are simply out of your control.  If you are not a licensed and certified pyschologist, you may have no clue in predicting when an individual may suddenly "snap".  However, to make sure you are being as inclusive of others as possible, try committing some of the following tips to heart:

 

6.) Encourage teamwork, community, role modeling.  Competition to a certain extent is useful in that it sparks innovation and ideas.  But when in the wrong hands (particulary managers with low self-worth and flawed leadership traits) it can spark jealousy, eavesdropping and a divided work community.  Morale and ethics reach bare bottom.

 

7.) Beware of Emails!  We live in a technologically advanced society where everything is communicated via email among other modes of telecommunication.  With this being the case, everything can be saved and retrieved, to later come back to bite you.  Keep emails, simple, short, and straight to the point.  If you are responding to an email, refrain from sending spontaneous and overly emotional responses to coworkers and management alike.  Think before you speak is a beneficial phrase, but "think before you type" is suitable here.

 

8.) Handle issues as they happen and approach the individual in private.  If at all possible, consider the art of “Praise in Public and Criticize in Private”.  If you are having an issue with a coworker, manager, or employee, stay away from the public ridicule spectacle, which only encourages further hostilities. Be sure to have a list of your concerns documented with thoughtful resolutions attached.  This shows your professional nature and your ability to be a problem-solver, characteristics any sensible person would admire. *(Ask for a mediator if needed)

 

9.) Mandatory Reporting is Necessary!  When all else fails, and you've monitored your actions and made sure that you are cordial, professional and a team player, what do you do when you have a boss or fellow employee who displays no such behavior?  If you see bullying, tactics to sabotage, and overall slanderous actions from anyone that can be documented, then you have a moral obligation to document and report.

 

10.) And for your peace of mind, never stay in a workplace environment in which you become compliant wih illegal, tyrannical behavior and bullies.

 

Friend, we would agree these tips may take time getting used to but remember---practice makes perfect.  It is our desire that one or all of these tips are useful and that you incorporate them in the event you feel a drama approaching up while in the workplace, or anywhere!

For additional tips and advice, check out This Article for additional support.

Sincerely,

The Vibe is Good Publishing

Stress at Work.” Center for Disease Control and Prevention: NIOSH Publications and Products, 1999. Web 20 June 2013.

 

Touch Point Bible (NLT): God’s Word at Your Point of Need. Ed. Beers, Beers, Coffey, et al. Guideposts, 1996. Print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Quick Tips to Avoiding Drama at Work

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