How To Take The Personal Out of the Workplace

By: Joanne Victoria

Article Title: How To Take the Personal Out
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Author Name: Joanne Victoria
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Category: Leadership/Communication
Copyright Date: 2004
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Bringing your emotional baggage into the work place is
inappropriate for all the reasons you may imagine.
Yet employees, managers and business owners do it
all the time.

The question is, how do you handle it? How do you look
at your manager and think, "No one is going to tell me
what to do!" What if a client, peer or prospect gets
you on a Bad Day?

How do you take the personal out of the workplace?

It requires discrimination and distinction. If you are
having communication problems at work, look at how
you view your manager, boss or employee. Does he or
she represent a parent, mate or partner? Are your
frustrations about what is and is not working in your
life manifested on the job?

Learn to leave your troubles at the door. Decide that
what you do in the workplace is your contribution –
to yourself, your peers and the community.

This is
your opportunity to commit to what you are best at
doing and get paid for it.

Examine your values. Values are how you live your
life, about what is important to you. Choose values
that help make you what you truly are. Your personal
values and professional values can be the same.

Warning! Many businesses like to say they are like a
family. Be cautious if you are enticed by this.
Employees, managers and business owners may manifest
characteristics found in your personal family.

Why is this important?

What can happen is, you may take on the role that you
do in your own family. If you are passive at home and
come to work as a manager, what does that look like?
Confusing at best.

When a passive person has to function in a different
role on the job, they may revert and act like the
aggressive parent. Potential can best be realized
under a thoughtful and caring leader. Attempt to
facilitate, to make it easy for everyone to achieve
their best.

As a manager or business owner, you have to know what
your values are; what the values of your company are,
as well as the values of the people you manage. The
basic rules of respect and acceptance apply. The Golden
Rule is: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto
you", not: "Do it to them before they do it to you".

People who bring emotional baggage into the workplace
can be temperamental, grasping and neglectful. Even
more frustrating is that they act out all their
pent-up, misplaced emotions on the job without
consideration for others. Employees and
co-workers react to this, work efforts and results go
by the wayside, and profit and productivity go down.

Leave your unexpressed feelings at the door. Take a
break if you become frustrated. Know that you are at
work to provide results.

Heal yourself first, determine your values, then you
will be a better employeeArticle Submission, manager or business owner.

Copyright 2004 All Rights Reserved Worldwide
Joanne Victoria is a Business and Life Coach and
author of 'Lighting Your Path! How To Create the
Life You Want'. She helps small business owners be
more successful by being true to who they really are.
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