Bad or tough workdays – we all have them. Whether we are out of sorts and Murphy’s Law is ever-present or if someone else at the office is just making your day miserable. I have come across people who think that working in an office is the only way you will have a bad workday. This is simply not true. People working from home or for themselves also have bad workdays. It doesn’t matter who you work for and what you do. Whether you are an office worker, self-employed, a student a housewife or a househusband, we all have had our share of feeling depressed, demotivated and just fed up.

Whilst the list could go on for long, here are just a few reasons for having bad work days, namely, negative colleagues, perceptions and assumptions, unhappy clients, pitching proposals that get rejected, not everyone in the team playing their part, workload, lack of appreciation, IT system glitches, unstructured projects, disregard for policies and processes and carrying out instructions that every fibre in your body goes against when it comes to dealing with people. A big one is arrogant, rude line management who have no clue what it takes to demonstrate leadership or to actually lead. They lack experience in real-life management, problem-solving, innovation, empathy, integrity and critical thinking. The other big one is organisational culture. It really isn’t hard to foster a culture of wellbeing, shared information, development and care to not just retain a healthy, high-performing workforce but one that makes people feel valued.

These bad work days naturally affect us after hours at home with family and friends. We feel so physically drained. I know people who have battled to sleep at night when going through a period of bad days at work. I know people who have told me how they dread and can’t enjoy Sundays because Monday is looming and they have to return to work. I know people who snap at their partners and children because they are constantly on edge and so highly-strung. I can even relate to this one myself. I know strong, competent individuals who are so easily able to separate their personal lives from work no matter what they are going through but are unable to do the opposite. Do any of these experiences resonate with you?

We all need to take bad work days seriously – employers and employees alike. As employees, you need to talk about how you feel and what is making you feel negative about work. You need to talk to the right people and not be afraid to escalate your concerns should talking to the right person not heed any result or change. I worked with a colleague in HR who often said to employees with concerns to speak to the person that could do something about the concern. She would say it’s pointless complaining to colleagues who can’t do anything. There are also times that as employees you must accept that the environment you are in might not change. So you are the one responsible for taking control and seeking that change where you can have better workdays.

As employers you need to be mindful of your treatment of employees. The culture you create should be one that is supportive and that shows care. You need to accept that performance is driven by employee experiences. When employees experience feeling valued, it shows in productivity, customer satisfaction and your bottom line. Listen and pay attention to what causes negativity in your workplace, and make an impact in the people experience of less bad workdays. It really isn’t that hard.

Until next time…

Yours in Adapting & Being



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