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URMC / Employee Assistance Program / News & Events / UR Medicine EAP Blog / March 2022 / Workplace Stress Management: Interpersonal Demands

Workplace Stress Management: Interpersonal Demands

Workplace stress management typically focuses on the aftereffects of challenging tasks. The interpersonal demands of others around us are often overlooked. They’re also stressful. Due to everything that results from having to hear thinly veiled insults and gossip to dealing with those who manipulate, bully, chronically complain, or even lie, withhold information, and miscommunicate, interpersonal stress may require more than a jog around the block to shake it off. Detachment, maintaining boundaries, self-discipline, assertiveness, ignoring negativity, and avoiding manipulation are teachable soft skills. They can help you remain unaffected by this form of stress, perhaps entirely. Talk to a counselor to learn better control of your emotions, how to stay focused on solutions, and when to disengage from “people dynamics” at work that can make you feel drained at the end of the day. Recommended: “No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work” by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy

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Keith Stein | 3/30/2022

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