It doesn’t matter what industry you’ve chosen to work in, most professionals will experience some degree of stress at some point due to their working life. It may be long hours; it may be job pressures; it may even be down to workplace flare-ups or bullying.
It’s how you deal with them and build up your self-esteem for the future that counts. What can you do to maintain a positive outlook when working in a stressful role? Read on to find out.
Enthusiasm and Attitude Count for a Lot
Think back to when you were hired for the role you’re currently working in. Likely it was the knowledge and skills you had that got you the job, but another key influence would have been your enthusiasm and attitude.
Employers are looking for staff who can not only bring first-rate skills to the room but also a winning personality to match.
This is particularly true in careers within the healthcare system such as doctors, nurses or CNA jobs where a positive mental attitude really counts. Your attitude and appearance can really make a difference in how your patients feel and whether or not they’ll trust you. These are qualities that are essential to working and communicating well. Not only that, but a positive attitude is infectious.
A solid positive outlook can also greatly improve your job performance and enhance your chances of diversifying your career and trying something new.
You’ll be able to deal with job stressors more effectively and be able to come up with creative and innovative solutions to problems, as well as managing your own interpersonal relationships in a much more effective way.
It’s true that we tend to be more productive and able to do our best when we have a positive attitude. This is true even if it’s a job or task we don’t particularly like or want to do.
Let’s be honest though — it’s tough to maintain a positive and upbeat attitude every single minute of every day. What’s important is to recognize when you might be feeling more negative than usual and to be proactive in dealing with it.
What’s Causing Your Work Stress?
If you’re stressed out and worried at work, take a step back and look at what could possibly be causing it. Make some notes. Is it any of the following?
- Arguments and disagreements with colleagues
- Burnout from overwork
- Criticisms from someone you work with which are playing on your mind
- External stressors such as personal life issues or family crises
This is not an exhaustive list, but it is one that contains many of the issues that people who struggle with positivity worry about. Take each cause of poor mood, isolate it and try to find actionable ways to change.
Are You Actually in the Right Job?
When you set out on your career path, you may have had a few different roles before you took the one you’re currently settled in. Is it still right for you?
If it isn’t, then now might be the time to regroup and reconsider whether the industry and sector you’re in is best serving your needs and desires. If not, then part of the reason you feel low might be because you need a career change. It’s remarkable how much difference this can make.
If you don’t have that worry, it might be worth taking a step back to reaffirm your expectations and requirements for the job you’re in. Often this can lead to a fresh understanding of your work and can motivate you and make you feel more positive about the future.
Make an appointment to speak to a superior at work or sit down and have an informal meeting with your colleagues. Each of you can take it in turns to talk a little about your roles, what’s right about them, what’s wrong and what could be improved. It’s a way of keeping contact with the people you work with and a way of making sure everyone is happy with their responsibilities. You included!
Are You Burnt Out From Overwork?
It could be a case of overwork and burnout that is making you feel less than positive. In situations like these, step back and recharge. If you can, take some time off or go on a sabbatical to refresh and revive yourself. You’ll more often than not come back with a better outlook and perspective on your goals.
Within your place of work, look at your processes and make changes to the way you operate each day. Little shifts can produce a decrease in workload and time spent worrying — and result in an increase in positivity.
Talk to your employers and your Human Resources department to see if they can help you manage your workload better. Sometimes all it takes is one small meeting to open up a positive pathway that helps everyone in the long term.
A Positive Attitude is Possible
So, how can a positive mental attitude help you succeed in any role you take on?
Drastically Cut Workplace Errors
A positive attitude means you’re focused, you’re in the moment at work and you’re giving 100% to the task in hand. And, it means there’s less chance of errors occurring. When you’re negative or in a bad place, you’re often mentally distracted by your other problems and not concentrating in the same way, thus leading to a rise in mistakes.
Earn a Good Reputation and Advance in Your Career
Adopting a good attitude means you’ll automatically be able to handle workplace stress when it arises, and approach difficult situations with a positive capability. It’ll mean issues get resolved more quickly, and it also makes everyone else around you happier too.
When employers look for employees, they want people with a ‘can-do’ approach who are sure of themselves without a big head or stubborn attitude. These attributes are also what make for good references when you decide to change jobs too.
Maintaining a positive mental attitude when working in a stressful role is entirely possible, so long as you keep channels of communication open at all times and aren’t afraid to state your needs.