Many people attest that emotions don’t belong in the workplace. But, like it or not, they’re are going to sneak their way into our organizations. Emotions are what separates us from the coffee maker in the break room and the computer on your desk, they make us human and we don’t get to decide whether they tag along or not in the morning.
Interestingly, some emotions we accept quite readily in our organizations. Anger, pride, frustration, jealousy, and happiness are emotions we usually have no problem with, even if we may not always like them. However, we try to ignore others like anxiety, sadness, fear, shame, and even love. Why is this? Why do we tolerate some emotions, but not others?
Often the ones we deny are the ones that make us the most vulnerable. These are our weak spots. We hide them because we don’t trust that others will understand and help us work through them. We fear that the will use them against us. But by not being open about them, we lose the opportunity to grow and connect with others. We stay stunted in both our relationships and potential.
The more we learn to accept the role emotions have in our workplaces and encourage people to share and understand them, the more trust we will build and the more effective we will be.
A Team Human Conversation
Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick start your conversation.
Are there times when you feel like you must hide what you’re feeling at work? How does this impact you?
Are there times when you’ve had difficulty dealing with someone else’s emotions? Why?
How can you create a culture where people are able to share and accept emotions in a way that positively influences your team/organization?