How to manage a bad day at work?

Some days are such that you feel energetic and want to go to work. And sometimes it is just the opposite. You feel so tired that you do not wish to jump out of the bed. Sometimes you are involved in such an activity that you do not want to get involved in. You have to push yourself off your limit to get going.

bad dayYou wake up late in the morning. Have a body ache and feeling tired. The computer does not work as was intended to or in the worst case your data is crashed just at the eleventh hour. Boss is keeping a strict eye and noting all the activities of the staff today. The day seems to be so long and never-ending.

Everyone has those types of days at one point or the other. You may find yourself at fault for whatever wrong is happening. If one notices the entire mentioned situation is out of your control. But you have a way out. Here are the tips on how to handle those “bad day” at work.

  1. Eliminate work-related stress

According to American Psychological Association 65 percent Americans mentioned work as a top source of stress. Only 37 percent were able to manage their stress effectively.

To reduce stress one should ask himself a question: What is important and what is not? Starting with easy and simpler tasks boosts your confidence and establishes a routine of productivity. Create realistic deadlines which you can achieve. If you feel that you are stressed too much or overload of work, better talk to the management.

  1. Communicating with higher-ups

Many bosses pass on their work pressure to their subordinates. Your communicating styles may be different than your higher ups. You need to communicate in their style and manner. There are few communication styles given below.

Analytical – This style needs real numbers and data to put up your side. Avoid unclear or undefined language. Be precise and certain what you are talking about.

Intuitive – This style focuses on the broad outline and no detail description. Be more generalized of your view and end your communication with a solid conclusion.

Functional –   This style has set timelines, details, and processes and is well structured. So be clear and communicate in few words to put your point across.

Personal – In this style, emotional language and value connection are focused on data. Bosses like going deep and find the cause of the problem and expect the same from their subordinate.

You can develop and improve on communication skills that boss likes.

On a bad day at work do not cross lines with your boss. Be punctual, cordial, and keep your communication as brief as possible. For updating your boss best thing is to email instead of directly coming in contact with your boss.

  1. Avoid office politics

On a bad day, office politics and co-workers drama should be avoided as it will affect your productivity. The best thing is to stay out. If you feel tempted or are dragged into the drama remember these few things.

Don’t vent your anger at work. Don’t get passive-aggressive. Explain to your co-worker how their negative behavior is affecting your work and that indirectly affects your job. You can cut down on gossip by clearly declaring that you have a deadline to complete the work at hand.

Everyone faces a bad day at work someday or the other. If you feel too bad it is better to take a day off. Instead of tarnishing your relations with your co-workers and boss at your workplace it is better to avoid it.

Kamlesh Mourya

Author: Kamlesh Mourya

Kamlesh Mourya is the director of 7eyetechnologies; an India based IT Company that provides services web development, designing and online marketing. Kamlesh occasionally blogs about social media.

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