We deal with emotions in
every interaction, every single day. From work to home to social events, life,
and family, our emotions range the gamut.

So, when expectations are high and, often, resources are low, managing emotions in the workplace can seem like the norm rather than the exception.

If you are in a position of
leadership, you have the added pressure to set the tone for others to follow. That’s
why managing emotions in the workplace is never an easy thing to do when you’re
also trying to manage a team to productivity.

Aiming for an “emotion-free” business environment, while perhaps a nice thought, is completely unrealistic.

Too many unforeseen events
make it impossible to work in an emotionally controlled environment. The secret
to success is learning how to manage emotions in the workplace, whether you are
in an entry level position or the CEO.

Here are some proven and valuable ideas to help you navigate the sometimes messy world of alpha personalities, divas and leaders in the making, and to come out in one piece and victorious.

Goes a Long Way

No one likes to work with
Mr. or Mrs. Perfect. If you’re honest about your struggles, your team will kick
in an extra layer of loyalty and trust because they can relate to you.

In fact, it might make them more mindful about creating chaos themselves. It’s good to be honest. Try it, you won’t be sorry. This doesn’t mean you have to divulge all the little personal details of your life. But being more open about certain things will strengthen the bond of the team. What you’ll more than likely find is a co-worker who opens up and says something like, “I often feel that way” or “Let me tell you how I deal with…” Personal relationships strengthen leading to more professional success.  

Wait for Armageddon

As a leader, go deeper and
look for what is triggering an employee’s emotional behavior in the first
place. This positions you to deal with issues at their root level and provides
insight into the “danger zones” to avoid. You will be in a much better position
to prevent an outburst by avoiding the boiling point. Don’t pretend chaos isn’t
happening. Help whomever is having a meltdown gain their sanity back. The key
is to deal with workplace emotions swiftly, but without making
the other person feel attacked or threatened. Be clear about what is being
criticized and focus on the outcome not the process of resolving the issue.

Link Between Gender and Crying

Women are six times more likely than men to cry at work. Tears are the workplace equivalent of a “check engine” sign. It could mean we are overworked, we are sick, we feel angry or we are frustrated. Rather than seeing tears as a sign of weakness, they signify that there is an underlying need that should be addressed. Get to work and address it. Men experience emotions too. They just have different ways of expressing and dealing with them.

Manage Your Own Emotions at Work

Last but not least, if you are a leader feeling overwhelmed, take a well-deserved breather. Keep it short, no need to explain, simply say, “You know what, I need a break. I’ll be back in 30 minutes.”  And just like that, take a break. Taking time to focus on your own mental health and well-being is one of the most important things you can do for professional success. Neglecting your emotions will have adverse effects. Not only will this help you tremendously, but as a leader it’s setting an important example for your employees that says it’s okay to take care of yourself.

When it comes to emotions in
the workplace, leaders have a complex challenge where the ripple effect
of any emotional situation can run deep. This area is
seen as an area where great leaders can really set themselves apart by
approaching emotions as something healthy for the
business. It is believed that these profound social changes, in tandem with the
new scientific insights into the ways each gender operates, will transform the
future of interpersonal dynamics on the job.

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