Finding a job can be difficult enough and then settling in can seem nerve-wracking, but what about the issues you may encounter after? These worries and fears don’t get talked about as much as the rest so we’re here to offer advice and show you the biggest workplace worries and how to fix them!
Icarus is flying too close to the sun
Fear of failure is a very big workplace worry and it’s especially common for those who have graduated and much like Icarus, feel like they’re soaring until they get their wings burned and all hope comes crashing down. This feeling is only heightened to the worst degree by social media and the sense that ‘everyone else’ is successful and achieving their #goals while you’re stuck behind. If you didn’t get the job of your dreams straight off the bat or the job you did get hasn’t turned out how you pictured it don’t panic.
Secretly everyone else is in the same position as you. We all constantly strive for bigger and better things and you can guarantee that the person you think is succeeding is measuring themselves up to someone else. Careers now are changing and many people will hold several jobs during their life, so embrace each as a new opportunity. Learn to speak better over the phone, to use a new piece of software or even how to up your organisational skills, these will all serve you well in your next job.
Working 9 to 9 not a way to make a living
Another of the biggest workplace worries is that you’ll be seen as a slacker or simply not going above and beyond even if you think you work hard. It can be quite a common fear to think you’re only doing what is just required of you, to the point that many people work through their lunch break or don’t even take one at all in case it doesn’t seem to show dedication or initiative. This is a bad idea though as breaks are essential in keeping us happy, healthy and motivated for the rest of the day and more companies, especially new ones are changing their views to match this.
Make sure you take the breaks you’re allowed so you actually work effectively and if you’re worried about being uninvolved outside of your emails, try and find out about any big projects coming up that someone may need help with. Not only will this give you a fresh challenge, but it also shows drive in a balanced way.
Red as a robin
If a fear of embarrassment is one of your biggest workplace worries, either through making a mistake or being told off by your boss you’re not alone. Nobody likes to feel like a fool, and is there really anything worse than the creeping heat up your face you once got because of a teacher yelling at you in front of the whole class? Experiencing these moments at work can make you feel just like a little kid again, but there are ways to manage this.
If you make a mistake don’t run away and hide. Yes it’s a horrible feeling but there’s not a person alive who hasn’t made a mistake, and the best thing to do is own up to it. Chances are you won’t be yelled at, you might be offered some advice on how to avoid repeating it in the future. It’s also better to admit than let someone else take the blame or not confess for ages and seem untrustworthy.
If you do get the impression you’re in for a scolding though, ask if you can discuss the issue privately and then address their anger. Just by acknowledging your mistakes and saying ‘I understand why you are angry’ this can help to diffuse the situation. However you shouldn’t tolerate aggressive behaviour or abuse, this just isn’t on and you should try to remove yourself from the situation and if possible report it to someone who might be able to help like HR.
The real-life mean girls
It’s not hard to see why sometimes workplaces can dissolve into cliques with people quietly adding to the whisper mill because someone else was chosen for a promotion instead of them or seems to be praised more despite an equal amount of work to be done. If you’ve ever fallen foul of office gossip or worse, you spread it, try not to pay it any heed or stop giving it out immediately. Don’t be hostile with the people you have to work with, they aren’t all out to stab you in the back.
Try to establish good relationships with people. You won’t be best friends with everyone and that’s fine, but at least know their name, smile and learn to make friendly conversation. This will create a much more pleasant atmosphere to work in if everyone is civil and if you do still feel that someone is genuinely being malicious about you to others you can have a private word with HR or your boss about the problem.
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