Identifying Anger in the Workplace

Identifying Anger in the Workplace

Feeling anger in the workplace can affect not only your job performance but other aspects of your life as well.

Not everyone necessarily loves their jobs. Most of us work to pay bills, have financial security, provide for a family and save for the future.

However, feeling anger in the workplace can make an already monotonous or boring job seem even worse.

We spend a lot of our time working, sometimes forty-fifty hours a week. This means if you're feeling anger in the workplace, you're feeling trauma most of the time.

Anger in the workplace is a debilitating kind of trauma and can have long-term effects on your mental and emotional health.

Here are some tips for identifying anger in the workplace.

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Identifying Anger in the Workplace: Unrecognized Work 

Most of us work hard and do our best so that we can enjoy prosperity and happiness.

And nothing is more disappointing and may cause feelings of anger in the workplace more than doing your best and receiving no credit for it.

Words of affirmation and praise are important for everybody to hear, especially in the workplace.

When you accomplish a task and do it well, it benefits the company and all involved.

However, when you receive no praise, appreciation, or credit for your hard work the trauma can make you feel angry, bitter, and resentful.

Bitterness and resentment are forms of anger, often quiet and unspoken, which makes them an all the more damaging form of trauma.

Living and especially working with traumatic unresolved issues of bitterness and resentment towards your employer or fellow employees is destructive to your psychological health.

Identifying Anger in the Workplace: Taken Advantage Of

Ever hear the old phrase, "The squeaky wheel gets the oil"?

It means that those in the workplace who whine and complain often get the most attention.

Many people complain about their work so that they can get attention and more credit for their work.

Ever work with someone who feels the need to itemize every single they've done today, instead of just accomplishing the task in dutiful silence?

Unfortunately, when you establish a reputation at work as someone who faithfully completes their tasks in a responsible way, you can feel taken advantage of.

Your boss and/or your fellow employees know you are reliable, so they depend on you even more.

Ever feel like you're given more work, or more difficult tasks because you do such a good job?

When you feel taken advantage of, it's natural to feel anger in the workplace.

Identifying Anger in the Workplace: Verbal Abuse

Many people suffer from verbal abuse at their jobs, and as a result, feel the trauma of anger in the workplace.

Your bosses and fellow employees can be careless or even cruel with their words.

It is one thing to not be praised for your work or feels taken advantage of, but verbal abuse is a unique trauma that can trigger more intense anger in the workplace.

Ever work for a boss who says, "If I want something done right, I'll do it myself"?

When a boss says this, they mean your work is never good enough.

When you feel your work is never good enough, your work may begin to feel pointless and your assigned tasks absurd.

Feeling that your work is meaningless is a trauma that may breed intense feelings of anger in the workplace.

Everybody makes mistakes. We're human.

However, some bosses and fellow employees will jump at any chance to point out your mistakes and/or criticize you.

Feeling belittled and/or public shamed at your job is a trauma that often causes negative feelings of anger in the workplace.

Identifying Anger in the Workplace: Not Fitting In

Let's face it- some jobs can feel like high school all over again.

Clicks develop between employees that can make you feel like an outcast.

Fellow employees with petty jealousies gossip and spread harmful rumors.

Charismatic employees are designated as popular while more introverted employees are deemed unpopular.

Bosses play favorites with certain employees, allowing them privileges denied to others.

The workplace can even feel like a shark tank, with employees pitted against employees for promotions and privileges.

All of these sophomoric circumstances may contribute to anger in the workplace.

Feeling like you're part of a team, or even a work family, is conducive to a healthy frame of mind at work.

Feeling alienated or like an outsider often makes you feel pessimistic and vengeful- both are traumatic symptoms of anger in the workplace. 

Identifying Anger in the Workplace: Feeling Stuck

When you experience these feelings of anger in the workplace, it's natural to want to quit and seek employment elsewhere.

However, it may be difficult to find similar employment that meets your financial and professional needs.

That's when anger in the workplace can make you feel stuck in your job.

You want out, but you can't go.

Feeling trapped, helpless, and stuck in a job you don't like is traumatic, and may ignite severe feelings of anger in the workplace.

Feeling stuck in your job can lead to other trauma and mental health issues such as depression, rage, thoughts of harming yourself or others, etc.

Nobody wants to describe their work as a "dead-end job".

And yet, when you experience a hostile or abusive workplace, you experience a special kind of trauma and feel like a victim in your own life.

Conclusion

Feeling empowered is an important part of mental and emotional health.

Feeling pride in your place of employment and pleasure in your work contributes to your all-around psychological health.

Anger in the workplace is a trauma that should not be dismissed or taken lightly, especially if the trauma is experienced over a long period of time.

Your job is a huge part of your life. It's part of what gives you a feeling of purpose in life.

Your workplace should be a positive environment.

If you're feeling stuck in your job and struggle with anger in the workplace, then seek the help of a licensed professional counselor.

It's never too late to be what and where you want to be.

With the professional guidance of a licensed counselor, you can overcome the trauma of anger in the workplace and find pride in your work.

You can enjoy the praise you deserve and work with people who make you feel significant and empowered.

You can overcome trauma and anger in the workplace.

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