The chances are good that you’re going all out to prove your worth at work. Your emails are concise and sent out immediately, you participate by contributing your ideas in meetings, and you make a point of getting along with management and all your co-workers. Despite all your efforts, however, there are times when you feel that you are not appreciated, and instead of feeling good about yourself, you feel like a complete loser.
Don’t stress the small stuff at work! These seemingly huge issues to you are really nothing to worry about at all. Following are a few common workplace gripes that you can simply ignore, and get on with the business of showing the company you work for, what an amazing asset you are to them.
- Not getting a round of applause for a job well done – sure, you got a gold star at school when you performed well, but things are a whole lot different in the workplace. If you didn’t receive positive feedback from your boss when you did a good job, don’t simply assume that he/she hated what you did. Instead, tell yourself that your boss knows you’re doing a great job, and would tell you if you weren’t.
- You’re entitled to a lunch hour, so enjoy it! – you can be commended for being a conscientious worker, but don’t take it so far that you’ll rather go hungry than not finish off that report you were busy with. No one will look down on you if you leave your desk for an hour to have a meal somewhere. You’re entitled to it after all!
Eating a hurried lunch at your desk, by the way, probably doesn’t have your employers seeing you as the dedicated worker you are trying to portray, but rather like someone who can’t manage their workload.
- Someone gave you a weird look – if someone at the office looks at you in a weird way, don’t immediately assume that it’s because you have done something wrong. Try to imagine things that might have happened to them before leaving for work. Their kids might have driven them crazy, their car might be giving trouble, or they might not be feeling too good. It could be any number of things as to why they gave you “a look,” but it more than likely has nothing to do with you at all.
You spend most of your time doing what you can to earn a living, so don’t sweat the small stuff at work! Rather do what you do with the rest of your time, and make the most of the hours you spend at the office.