5 Ways To Cope With A Dysfunctional Work Environment

Would that all workplaces operate smoothly and efficiently! When that’s not the case, here are five ways to handle a dysfunctional work environment.

1. Place responsibility where it should be and do not take too much on your own shoulders.

2. Find your space within your workplace and do your job in as high quality a manner as possible.

3. Speak up when what you have to say has a chance of lessening the dysfunction.

4. Develop your emotional intelligence.

5. If the work environment is hampering you in significant ways, start looking at your options to get out of it.


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How Do You Deal With Chaos?

When chaos shows up, best to be ready for it. Chaos can sweep you away into disorganization, disorientation, unbalanced emotions and confusion. You don’t want that to happen, do you?

Being ready for chaos involves the ability to quickly get grounded and fully into the present moment, focus, discernment, insight and emotional intelligence. Developing these skills can help you be ready for whatever chaos comes along!


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Kindred Spirits

friendserokamuthpixabayWouldn’t it be great if your workplace were composed of kindred spirits? Sometimes you get lucky and your co-workers are compatible with your values and ways of working. Other times, kindred spirits are few and far between. When that is the case, the stage is set for dysfunction, judgment, conflict and dissatisfaction. It doesn’t have to be that way. Difference, variety and opposition can all make for a creative and high-performing organization. The key is to create an environment where each person can communicate and thrive.

What are the elements of such a workplace? Here are some. I’m sure you can identify others. Just think of what you need to communicate and thrive.

• Demonstrated respect for each person and their views
• Established methods for effective communication when there are disagreements or differences of opinion
• Acceptance and valuing of diversity
• Enough space for each person to contribute their best work
• Understanding that people need different environments, acknowledgement and resources to thrive

So, if you are leading or part of a team that is not composed of kindred spirits, celebrate the opportunities before you and create a workplace that encourages high performance and work satisfaction.


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Manager Dysfunction – 2

In a previous blog post, I wrote about addressing where your dysfunctions lie  as a manager. What if the dysfunction exists around you?

So much dysfunction exists today in organizations, you wonder if it is even possible to manage well. It is, but it takes vision, awareness, discernment and leadership. It can be like walking in a minefield. To manage well in a dysfunctional organization, clear and strong communication is paramount – to your team, peers, superiors and other co – workers. This communication is both verbal and by written record. The organization has to know what you are doing and why. You have to be able to turn on a dime – to respond well to changes in direction – by accepting them or challenging them. You also have to practice some detachment, so the dysfunction does not tie you in knots, making it difficult for you and your team to excel.

I am not recommending you accept dysfunction, if it is harming you. My suggestions are intended to help in navigating dysfunctional environments, by staying sane and on your game.

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What Are Your Pain Points As A Manager?

I recently had a discussion with a colleague about pain points. She asked me what pain points managers have and suggested I address them.

Pain Points are problems that you want or need to solve to relieve the distress, dysfunction or difficulties they cause you. What are your pain points as a manager? How can this Blog help you to solve them?


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