When I see people stepping out of a meeting, I hear this expression come out openly from their mouth- “I am frustrated now! They are just overloading us now!” If the word frustration is not spoken directly, it has been said in many ways.
The word frustration is not all that loosely used, as we think it to be. In fact, there are people around the globe who are truly frustrated with what happens at their workplace, and it reflects on their performance. It is not just true for employees, but also for those people who sit at the senior positions.
Here we will talk about why frustration is so common at workplace, and how to avoid it from happening.
Why workplace causes frustration?
I had a conversation with one of my colleagues about workplace frustrations. Here’s what I realized from that one conversation.
- Not being appreciated for something that you do can cause frustrated moments in an employee. For instance, there is a breakthrough that the employee has made or, has managed to convert a few people or, is in talks with more people than you thought they could, and still receives no word of appreciation, then the employee is definitely going to feel undervalued. If this continues, then the employee might get frustrated, and eventually there will be a drop in the work worth. You will notice the slag, and question it obviously. However, most people don’t see the praiseworthy performance. They think praising can lead to under performance from the employee’s side.
- An employee who is constantly at the desk, working, sees fewer opportunities to grow. If the workplace does not offer them the perfect opportunities, and due to the work pressure, they are unable to upgrade the skills, they will feel frustrated. This is commonly noticed workplace behaviour. Sometimes, it is the company’s fault as they don’t offer training programs and opportunities to the employees to upgrade.
- It is said that for every 45 minutes you sit at your desk, it is important you take a 5 min walk. However, most workplaces ignore this need, and give away unmanageable workload to the employees. There have been instances where I have sat at my desk from morning 9 am to evening 9pm, while having coffee and lunch at the desk. There were days when I had to sit through the night to accomplish the tasks. I don’t know whether I was frustrated or not but, I remember how my bosses said I was not efficient enough to finish the tasks. When you keep saying to the person who works the most, you are actually bringing down their morale. They will not believe in themselves, and eventually their efficiency will become all the more questionable.
- Micromanagement of the work can also be quite frustrating. A lot of people complain when their managers tend to micromanage every part of the work given to them. the employees have to fill in time sheets with the work they have done for the day, and how they have managed to accomplish the tasks. These things can be quite frustrating. To top it all, if the employees are bombarded with meetings throughout the day, then they are going to be frustrated. It is not likely that they can manage the meetings as well as the micromanagement, and be aimlessly following the orders. This can become one of the main reasons why the employees leave the organizations.
- Whether it is the employee or the top management, the other source of workplace frustration is doing all the tasks by themselves. The inability to trust others with the work that needs to be done for the hour, can become your handicap. You will be considered inefficient, as despite all your efforts you won’t be able to complete all the tasks on time, and delay every aspect of the delivery.
How to overcome workplace frustrations?
Drink a cup of coffee and hear me out as I tell you the various ways in which you can overcome the frustrated life you are leading or how you can help employees handle their workplace frustrations.
- Micromanagement is mostly done out of the concern to get things done on time. Managers face deadline pressures, which they indirectly try to enforce on you. If you know the cause of the behaviour, try addressing it with your manager. Ask them to help you understand why they are trying to manage every task given to you, and in that one-on-one discussion find ways to complete the task on time, tell them what issues you are facing regarding delivery, and make sure you are persistent with your efforts to drive the fact home to your manager. It will help them understand your abilities better, and trust you in the future.
- You don’t need to attend all the meetings that you have been sent an invite to. Some meetings are generally not meant for you or, are complete time wasters. Make sure you study the agenda, and excuse yourself from such meetings. This way you will be able to save some time from the packed day to schedule other tasks and complete some of the important work
- It is not easy to find someone you can trust with the work that is important and core to your business or work. However, you need to identify a way to trust people or hire someone you can trust. This way you will be able to find it easier to finish the tasks on time, and wont need to spend all your time on work that is not meant for you
- When defining policies for the company, make sure you draft policies that are custom to the department, and standardize only a few policies. You need to carefully draft them, and make sure you have touched upon all the aspects of the policies and the company needs.
- Projects need to be closed properly, and you should have a process in place to perform that. You need to make sure that the teams that were together for the project get a proper closing and enjoy a success party or the likes, before you move on to the other project.
- Manage the workplace projects in a way that you are getting enough profits, know the pressures on the workforce, and have identified a way for them to handle these projects and complete it on time. when you discuss the new projects with the team, and seek their suggestions on how to move forward with the projects, you get better ways at finishing the task.
It is high time we remove the word frustration from the workplace dictionary. You need to think through strategies and differentiate your techniques to help your workforce better.
I have personally observed how workplace frustration has ruined the lives of many employees and top management. With my experience and expertise, I can offer suggestions and strategies that can be impactful to your projects and overall administration. Connect with me over mail or phone to book your consultation with me.