10 Ways You Can Handle Personal Crisis At Work

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We are everyday confronted with so many problems. Life won't be fair at all times. It will throw us hard balls. These issues sometimes affect our disposition to work, business and how we relate with people. But, we can get over these crises. Here is a simple look at the ways you can handle these issues.

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1. Inform your Employer or Boss: Most crises take up time and energy, and will therefore will have an impact on your work. Whenever you anticipate your work being affected, you need to inform your boss or employer, else you'll be seen as no longer fit for that position.

2. Don't share too much or too little: You don't have to share all your life issues with everyone. The more you disclose the more easily your vulnerabilities and reactions can be scrutinized and misconstrued. People cope in different ways with personal crisis so that what is actually a strength is often viewed as weakness. It is virtually never a good idea to family financial worries or legal problems, substance or mental health issues – personal matters still stigmatized all too often by employers.

3. Tell your co-workers and clients on a need-to-know basis: You should only tell co-workers who you know well and have that kind of trusting relationship with. Having a small support team at work is very helpful during crisis time. But be very careful, as co-workers may betray your confidence. Your clients need not to know about your personal crisis unless you are senior in the organisation or you have an extremely close relationship with a client where your absence will be extremely noticed. Your team should be able to cover for you, so there is no need to give your client cause for concern.

4. Stay positive and check your emotions: Keep your cool and positive attitude and act as best as you can daily. Try to keep your emotions under control. If possible, wait to speak with your employer until you have had a chance to settle your nerves and reflect on the situations. Don't be swayed by emotions. It makes you obviously weak and immature.

5. Take Time off: Work can provide much needed distraction from your personal crisis, but if you can't focus on work just because the crisis is overwhelming emotionally or just really needs all your time and attention, take time off. Take yourself out of the game. This will help others know what they can and can't count on you for during your difficult times.

6. Utilize resources: Your employer is not your saviour. Be reasonable about what your employer can and can't do for you. Some companies offer support during personal crisis, but at the end of the day it will be primarily up to you to channel the resources needed to get you through the crisis.

7. Know your boundaries: Be discreet. Have conversations about our personal life behind closed doors. Try to have talks and schedule appointments related to the crisis outside of work.

8. Do your job: If you have determined you are well enough to show up, do your job. Respect your work environment and culture by doing the best job you were hired to do and being a good team player regardless of any personal crisis you are going through. Your goal is always to produce great work, but you may need to re-arrange some things a bit to allow you manage your crisis.

9. Be Respectful: Be respectful of your co-workers' time and attention; even the best of friends and their employers have their limits. Strive to keep work time focused on work and be highly sensitive to signals that might indicate that you're overstepping the bounds of friendship and work. Don't forget that no matter how tough your situation is, everyone has ongoing personal challenges, so don't forget to occasionally ask about them and their lives as well.

10. Say Thank You: Once the crisis passes, don't forget to express gratitude. Remember those that stood by you during trying times. It doesn't have to be a 'grand' gesture; something as simple as writing a thank you note can be a powerful gesture.
 
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