Yesterday you probably noticed that a few of your colleagues were running a little slow, had dark circles beneath their eyes and strained voices from a night of yelling at their televisions. Maybe in the future, the day following the Super Bowl will be a national holiday. But until then the day after the Super Bowl will remain as America’s number one hungover office professional day.
You were taught a long time ago to look someone in the eyes when you shake their hands. You were taught to sit up straight. You were taught to walk with your head up. You were taught these skills because they strongly influence how people see you, and this affects everything about your career.
Sometimes looking inwards can be painful. Nobody likes to take a good, hard look at their unhappiness and conclude, “Oh, I know what the problem is: me.” For office professionals, who are constantly bombarded with challenging tasks, personalities and environments, it’s easy to place blame somewhere else.
It’s not difficult to imagine that women, who are paid less than men for doing the same work, are more stressed than men. It’s nearly impossible to embrace a situation with open arms and peace of mind when you know you’re being discriminated against. And that’s just the beginning. Despite the Mr. Mom phenomenon, the role of men in corporate society has remained relatively unchanged, while the role for women is constantly evolving as equality at the workplace remains a fundamental human issue.
As most office professionals know, the office can be a stressful place. Demanding customers, heavy workloads, tight deadlines and, yes, frustrating co-workers can all add to our stress level. There are some “wish list” ways to make the office a less stressful place—reducing your workload, giving you more time off and making the entire staff happy and pleasant—but those are things that are probably beyond your control (not to mention unrealistic).
Like most office professionals (and most people in general), you may find yourself multitasking on a frequent basis. Most likely, you've gotten accustomed to juggling several tasks at once. You may even consider yourself a "natural born multitasker."
But new research, as discussed in this article, seems to indicate that there's nothing natural about multitasking at all-and in fact it totally conflicts with the way our brains are built to function.
Here's something that probably won't shock you: the workplace tends to be a stressful place. And to some extent, that's just the way it is. Every job and every workplace has some level of stress. And often times, the source of much of that stress may be out of your control.
This is the time of year when many people make resolutions to lose weight and get in better shape. And if you spent the last few weeks partaking in many office holiday parties, you may feel especially conscious of your fitness situation.
But if you work in an office and spend most of your time sitting at a desk, it can be tough to stay in shape. Not to mention, the office snack room and the goodies your "helpful" co-workers are always bringing into work.