Emotions at the workplace

Why emotions at the workplace are expected to be contained?

It is an all-known fact that emotions are expected to be contained at the workplace. But why is it that some of us cannot control them? It is very simple because we are human after all most of us would say. From a scientific point of view (evolution) we were programmed as primates to defend ourselves when we felt threatened. Back then, this would be probably in the non-verbal form. In the modern world and society, we can stand straight and express ourselves verbally. It doesn’t mean though that we feel less threatened being verbally attacked as you would be physical. Our first human response or reaction is to defend ourselves (freeze, fight, or flight response). Of course, this is a very short and summarized version of where our emotions are coming from and will add some weblinks to articles about the deeper and wider explanation of our external expression of emotions and the link to our emotional brain.

Now that we established where the emotions are coming from, we would like to explain the importance of your self-development and career opportunities to keep your emotions controlled and contained at the workplace. We would like to point out that we are not saying to ignore your emotions because they are there for a reason. Where we are going with this is that, if you want to achieve something or be heard at a corporate level (also often in private life), play it S.M.A.R.T. (see article) not hard. Learn the rules of business politics at your organization or company and try to beat them at their own game. Checkmate! Keep in mind to be patient and especially factual!

In next month’s blog, we will explain the difference between a fact and an opinion, as many are not able to recognize the difference. What distinguishes the fact from an opinion? Till next month…