Anger Issues at Workplace and How to Tackle Them

Anger- a human emotion that most commonly springs from mild irritation and can build up to intense rage, and when it gets out of control or becomes excessive, it can have dire effects. Aan ideal workplace needs to be an efficient, organized place with a congenial work environment. This is not a far fetch idea, but can easily be enforced by teamwork between colleagues, mutual respect and unconditional cooperation. When you add anger issues to this equation, the positive environment falls apart; not only is there a negative impact on individuals but also on the output of the company.

What Are The Causes For Anger Issues At Work?

Workplace anger flare-ups can be caused by:

  1. Build up of stress from work-related or personal issues
  2. Not dealing with smaller conflicts in the past or feelings of resentment and letting them simmer
  3. Pressure of deadlines, anxiety issues and feeling overworked
  4. Not interacting well with coworkers, especially if they are expressing hostility themselves
  5. Too much negative criticism and not enough positive enforcement by employers/supervisors
  6. Misusing a position of power and feeling dominant over subordinates
  7. Miscommunication

It is important to first realize that an anger problem exists, and then to identify what the causes of the problem are.  Anger could be coming from the boss and directed at everyone, or it may be a problem with a few particular workers who are spewing unreasonable amounts of negativity at their coworkers and even at higher ups. You could be raising your voice, shouting, using insulting language, hitting the table, throwing things, pointing fingers – any kind of aggressive behavior at small provocations indicates an anger management problem.

The Impact of Unresolved Anger Issues

Not only will your colleagues be put off by your angry behavior, but overall work performance of the organization is bound to suffer. The victims of your outbursts will not want to work with you; they will start harboring feelings of resentment and be unable to function with you as a team. Trust and mutual respect will fracture, and eventually productivity will start seeing a decline.

An angry boss who is always shouting at or rude to his employees will end up producing similar results, along with a decrease in morale and willingness of employees to work. The impact of negative comments can have serious psychological effects and lead people to depression and low self-esteem. At the end of the day, the company will lose money and credibility.

How To Tackle Workplace Anger Problems

  1. Identify the stress points and things that cause you to lose your temper,
  2. Work on fixing your personal life; a happier you outside the office will lead to a happier you when at work,
  3. Stop instantly blaming others for making you angry; ask yourself what you could have done better to resolve an issue that became the ground for conflict,
  4. When faced by an explosive situation, stop, take a deep breath and walk away; take a few minutes to clear your head and objectively evaluate the situation before re-entering it,
  5. Take small breaks during the day to get fresh air and de-stress once you are off from work by doing relaxing activities to help siphon away work-related tension,
  6. If your problem is severe, obtain professional counseling or take an anger management course.
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