How to Deal with Negative Thoughts in The Workplace [Infographic]

How to Deal with Negative Thoughts in The Workplace [Infographic]

This is a guest post by Luke Doyle.

Working hard takes its toll – and if the tired evenings and low moments didn’t exist, the taste of success wouldn’t be so sweet. But there’s a difference between experiencing a dip in your morale and out-and-out bullying yourself – and that difference will have a big long-term impact on your happiness and productivity.

If you find yourself regularly battling a negative inner voice just to get through the day, you need to work on your emotional agility.

Emotional agility is the mental dexterity to process negative thoughts that arise in your daily routine. It means being able to categorize those that are helpful survival impulses from those that – whether they’re based in truth or otherwise – can only bring you down.

If you feel a crushing sense of failure every time something small goes wrong, or you have a habit of taking responsibility for everybody else’s bad mood, or you default to worst-case-and-beyond scenarios when work is tough – then you need to have a good long chat with yourself!

It’s not as difficult as all that to tone up your emotional agility.

In fact, once you’ve learned a few basic principles they will start to become second nature. So that you deal with negative thoughts almost automatically as you work, leaving excess energy to direct towards getting things done.

The first step is to acknowledge your negative thoughts rather than leave them nagging away at the back of your mind.

Give that thought or feeling a name, and confront it: is it true? Then what can you do about it? Is it helpful? If not, then forget about it! Is it important? Perhaps you need to share it.

If those worries persist, you can take evasive action instead.

Get out of your mind by focusing on your body, going for a walk or taking some deep breaths at the window. A short mindfulness exercise can help you to regain some perspective; handwriting a note about a recent success is a great way to buoy your morale.

Sometimes your negative thoughts will be rooted in actual failures or mistakes.

That’s fine, and again you should flag and listen to them; but don’t let them hold you back. Instead, use these thoughts to learn from your experiences, and value your failures as part of the adventure on your route to success.

Again, it can be helpful to write down what went wrong and what you’ve learned. Processing your thoughts objectively like this can help to exorcise them from that part of your mind that just seems to harbor bad feelings without making use of them.

This new visual guide to emotional agility is packed with ideas on how you can banish those negative thoughts or use them to build productivity. Get these down, and you’ll find your emotional arsenal is equipped to blast through the bad days at work and move forward to even greater successes.

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8 Tips for Women to Help Grow Their Career

8 Tips for Women to Help Grow Their Career

Why are there so few female CEOs? It’s a commonly discussed topic in the Australian business landscape, and often highlighted as an issue in society.

This has been made evident in the inaugural Robert Half CEO Tracker, commissioned by specialised recruiter Robert Half to identify common traits amongst the leaders of the ASX 200-listed companies. The research found the top position in the workplace is still male-dominated, as the majority of ASX 200 CEOs are men (94%). Only 12 ASX 200 CEOs are women.

It’s an unfortunate fact of the current C-suite employment market, with women underrepresented in top positions – a fact that applies to not only ASX 200-listed companies.

Despite this, it’s well known that diversified boardrooms with women represented across leadership positions bring enormous value to organisations and the wider business community. This is not just because of their wealth of experience and knowledge. But also because of their diverse perspective applied to business strategy that’s required for any organisation to succeed.

Whilst looking at the low percentage of female CEOs, within our Executive Search branch, we’re seeing a strong push for diversity from companies looking to hire at the C-suite level. Organisations are actively specifying diversity in their recruitment agendas, and not only just based on gender, but on an all-inclusive approach.

While there still is a long way to go for women to be represented equally at the boardroom table, it’s encouraging to acknowledge just how far Australian women have come and actively promote steps they can take to further their careers in the business world. More can always be done to empower women within the workplace. And understanding the common professional characteristics of top Australian CEOs is a great place to start their C-suite journey.

For women looking to hone their personal attributes, CEOs need to be clear communicators who are capable of both giving direction and accepting expert opinion. And as with all leadership positions, exceptional people skills are essential. By being assertive, forward-thinking and willing to take risks, ambitious women in the workplace can ascend the corporate ladder to the top job just as fast as their male counterparts.

How Women Can Grow Their Career

energy focus and productivity tips for anyone working from home all day

1. Know what you really want.

Think about what you want to achieve in your career – and why. Ask yourself some important questions:

  • As a senior executive would you be willing to work long hours and take up extra responsibilities?
  • Do you like to solve complex problems?
  • Are you comfortable as a leader?
  • And, crucially, how do your family feel about you pursuing a career as a business leader?

2. Develop a career plan.

Determine what you want to achieve, and work out a detailed career plan. This will be a blueprint that maps out your journey to the top of your organisation, allowing you to focus on your ultimate career goals.

3. Work continuously on your leadership skills.

Developing leadership skills is an ongoing process and an essential element for women pursuing a management position. By developing your technical, managerial and social skills, you are more likely to climb the corporate ladder – and be better prepared for the challenges you face along the way.

4. Communicate (more) directly.

Well-developed communication skills are essential for all managers. Yet men and women often have different communication styles.

Women usually take on a more modest tone, and often tend to communicate in an assuming way (“wouldn’t it be better”, “could we perhaps”, etc.). However, for a male audience – who usually communicate in a more direct way – this style of communication can suggest you lack confidence or are unsure about the matter at hand.

5. Take risks.

Women are usually less inclined to take risks than men. Yet this is part of being a leader. If you can prove you are willing to take calculated, carefully considered risks, you’re more likely to assume a managerial position.

6. Offer to take on certain tasks, even those nobody else wants.

A willingness to take on additional projects or raise your hand for tasks that others are sidestepping, can showcase your skills beyond your normal job duties. This is a great way to demonstrate you’re a team player, who is willing to go the extra mile for the company.

7. Do not be afraid to stand out.

All great leaders stand out from the crowd. As a manager, it’s likely you will have to make tough, and at times, unpopular decisions, so be prepared to set yourself apart from others in good times – and in bad.

8. Build your network.

People like to work with people they know. So do not underestimate the possibilities offered by traditional and online networking. Building your network can be important to getting ahead.

About The Author

Robert Half Executive Search specialises in the search for and placement of executive leadership talent across a broad spectrum of function areas and industry sectors.

By being assertive, forward-thinking and willing to take risks, ambitious women in the workplace can ascend the corporate ladder to the top job just as fast as their male counterparts. Here are 8 tips to help women grow their career