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​Workplace Wellness and Anger Management Education for Employees

Posted by Steve Dell on

This article for employee wellness was written by Steve Dell Hypnotherapy and features ways in which you can improve workplace wellness and positively manage anger.

Reading employee articles related to wellness is a great way to gain helpful advice on a number of work-related issues. From an employee and employer perspective; workplace wellness and well-being is crucial for ensuring a positive working environment.

Why Workplace Wellness is Important

First of all, why is it so important that workplace wellness is practiced?

A huge 80% of UK workers reported they felt stressed at work, A Telegraph article also stated that “in total, stress, anxiety and depression now makes up 43.8 per cent of all workplace illness, up considerably from 32 per cent in 2001/0”. As a workforce, if the mental health and well-being of your employees is made a priority, these numbers can be significantly reduced. It is essential for employee wellness to be prioritized not just for the obvious benefits to each individual and their health, but also in order to create the most positive and motivating working atmosphere as possible for your employees.

As an employee, doing everything you can in order to improve and maintain your well-being is only going to have a positive impact on your health. Taking part in company yoga classes or mental health workshops are great ways to unwind and put your mental health first.

How to Positively Deal with Anger in the Workplace

Anger is a natural reaction to a build up of stress and other negative emotions. It is completely normal and human to feel angry from time to time, particularly in difficult or stressful situations. There are often conflicts in work that can lead to you feeling angry; however it is important that you deal with your anger in a positive and healthy way.

When people express their anger in negative ways it can have an unhealthy impact on others in the workplace, lowering morale and effecting productivity. Recognizing when you’re angry is the first step to take, as you can then find effective ways to voice how you’re feeling in a mature way and also calm yourself down.

How to Manage an Angry Employee

As a manager, dealing with an angry employee can be very difficult. However, you need to approach the situation in a calm and professional manner, clearly following any procedures and doing your best to listen to all sides of the situation. If it is an isolated issue, organize a meeting to discuss the matter with the individual offering any help if needed, or letting them know where they have breached any company policies.

Effective Anger Management
Finding ways to positively deal with your own anger is something that is going to vary depending on how you deal with stress as a person. For example you may find that you like to express your emotions by writing them down, or you may find it easier to discuss how you’re feeling with a colleague or a member of the HR team in work. There are also other anger management methods you can try in the workplace such as the following:

Take a Break

Knowing when to have a breather or go for a 5 minute break when you’re feeling particularly stressed is a great way to deal with your anger. If you feel you need to vent, grab a friend or trusted colleague and ask if they fancy joining you for a cup of coffee. Sit down away from your desk and simply breathe. Try to take your mind off what is bothering you by finding a distraction even if it’s going for a walk on your lunch break or popping to the shops for a browse.

Think Before You Speak (or Send!)

It’s really easy to say things either out loud or in an email in the heat of the moment when you’re feeling frustrated, but aim to give yourself time to really think about the consequences before you do.

Although it can be difficult to hold in exactly how you’re feeling, getting up and leaving your desk as soon as you feel angry, or keeping your cool in front of your colleagues will only help you in the long run. It will prevent you from looking unprofessional and making the issue at hand worse. Give yourself time to think of a better solution and ask for help if you need it.

Seek Advice

There are plenty of businesses that have certain wellness and anger management procedures in place as well as programs you can undertake to gain support. Speak to a member of staff to inquire about anything that could benefit you or if your anger is something you’re struggling to manage on a more serious scale, consider taking up something productive such as a sport or martial arts. You can also read a number of helpful employee articles related to wellness online or in self-care books which are sure to give you plenty of tips and useful exercises to do.

Managing anger as an employee or manager is highly important in order to improve general workplace wellness, and it also allows for a more positive working environment. For further articles for employee wellness check out our other blog posts here.

Author Bio:

Steve Dell Hypnotherapy provides solution-focused hypnotherapy in order to help people deal with issues such as anger management, anxiety, confidence and low self-esteem, as well as writer’s block, depression and many more. 

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