December 2nd, 2015

Tips On How To Deal With A Frustrating Work Environment

You spend a huge portion of your life at your job, and if that environment is hostile it can have an extreme impact on your mental and physical health.

Whether the cause of stress is an overbearing boss, a bullying coworker, low wages, unstable hours or unsafe working conditions – the stress adds up, especially if you are in a workplace where you do not have a union to back you up.

We have some tips with how to deal with a frustrating workplace.

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1.     Talk with other coworkers

Chances are if you are finding your work environment stressful, some of your fellow coworkers are as well. Find a fellow coworker you feel comfortable with to talk to about your concerns and try to find solutions. Talking about it will make you feel better. If you are unionized and have a shop steward, make sure you are communicating your issues with them to find a way to improve the situation.

2.     Document Everything

Keep track of the issues you are dealing with at work, whether that is keeping angry emails or writing down when you felt bullied or unsafe. This will help you if you ever need to provide evidence, or recount events later.

3.     Remember it isn’t your fault.

When you are dealing with stress in the workplace, you may want to jump to the conclusion that you are doing something wrong. Everyone makes mistakes on the job at one time or another, but feeling unsafe, uncomfortable or overstressed at work is not something that is acceptable. Putting the blame on yourself only makes things worse.

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4.     Find ways outside of work to de-stress

Take the time to participate in activities that help you relieve stress. For many people that is exercise – take 30 minutes before or after work to go for a walk or run. Meditate, read a book or whatever it is that allows you to relax.

5.     Consider Unionizing

The benefit of being backed by a union in your workplace is that you have someone to look out for you. If your boss is bullying you or your hours are totally unreasonable, a union can step in to make sure your rights as a worker are protected.


5 Responses

  1. w jones says:

    Why don’t the unions stick together,and stop the petty feuds between crafts. This would go along way to help the member’s out on the job. The carpenter’s union member’s have been done this way on almost every job I’ve gone on.

    • Sonu says:

      I was a member of a union? once, when I was 19 and spiutd. The only thing unions protect or benefitis themselves. It happened many times in the shop I worked in. They took our dues and did nothing to protect the hardworking employee’s only the employees with tenure were protected. The lesson I learned from unions is the more money you put into their coffers the more they are willing to go to bat for you. It doesn’t matter what kind of employee you are It’s about how much money you pay in.

  2. Dave says:

    Home depot needs a union!! They bully workers in every store!!!! People are afraid to say anything or else they get fired!!

    • Ruby says:

      no. they have also allowed 2 nouinnon females to keep current job as eam hub. they ranked at bottom of seniority list. when we had been told we could not stay on same combo. i have 9 yrs of full time and they both just took combo in the last 3yrs. when first new of midnight going we were all told on combos on midnight we be affected. not till jan 13 we found out all 22.3 were to be gone. ups at fist said they were only willing to let 35 out of 118 combos stay. they had made a bid list for those jobs. not counting the midnight shit we have over 700 part time union jobs. union said no contract states that full timers get to displace any 2 part timers if available. ups labor manager refused to read that part of contract. union left stick to contract. ups started to pull employees up to bid.. and they had a new list of 80 jobs. employees were told they had to pick right now or they were going to move on and you would be put at bottom of list. and there might not be a job for you. was not given any time to get with families to figure out what shifts would work. By Friday jan 16 six new updated list of jobs came up. if you had already picked then you were not allowed to rebid for better job. i.e. said ” i don’t have the time to keep restarting” told to just file. jr employees are getting jobs that senior employees wanted. Also they said if you wanted a ramp of shifter job you had to be already qualified. would not give chance to qualify. and the seniority list is also wrong. one employee had to bring pay check stubs from 2000 to prove it. ups said they would look into it. nothing has changed as of 1/27/09. nothing new every time they post or seniority dates as fultime has always been wrong. ups would just make change to ones that complain. only to wrong again with different start dates. this is only a small fraction of whats been going on. I can understand layoff..but can not understand how ups can replace combo workers with 2 part time employee. Both sides of my job is still there. just not me.

  3. Aitor says:

    Really? Or how about I actually bieelve that unions are not the means? by which people can prosper. Labor unions hold a historical significance, no doubt, but they add little to nothing in terms of CREATING jobs and actually advancing a 21st Century business plan.

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