What to do when You’re Frustrated at work

If you feel frustrated at work, you may be evaluating whether you should stay in your job or look for a new opportunities.

Learning to manage your frustrations and even shift your perspective can sometimes completely change your outlook for your job.

Steps to take if you’re frustrated at work

#1 Give Yourself A Moment

If you’re feeling frustrated at work in general, it’s important to always take a moment to pause before reacting to any kind of frustration in workplace.

When you start to feel any strong emotion at work around your colleagues, pause and consider how you want to respond. The important step is to just notice the negative emotions early enough to remind yourself not to react.

#2 Look for Positives

Stop and look at the situation and identify exactly why it is you’re frustrated. Be specific and write down everything that’s frustrating you and try to think positive about that situation.

As example, if one of your frustrations it that your manager is chronically late, try to look at it from a positive perspective and think about that fact that you have more time to prepare or just relax to be mentally ready for the meeting.

#3 Identify What is Working

Even you’re feel frustrated at work, there are likely still aspects of your job that you do enjoy. Maybe is a competitive salary, a flexible work schedule, generous vacation time or even just the people you work with.

By examining the areas of your position that you enjoy and shifting your perspective, you may realize the position is worth the additional frustration.

#4 Share With Someone Who’s Objective

A great way to manage feeling and gain new perspective on the situation is to find someone who’s removed from the situation to talk to.

This person can give you their unbiased point of view and perhaps offer a new perspective you hadn’t considered.

#5 Visualize Life One Year From Now

Another good way is to ask yourself how much it will matter to you one, five or even ten years in the future. Think about your long term professional goals and where you want to be one year from now.

This can help you decide whether you want to address your frustrations directly or let them go.

#6 Speak With Your Manager

Depending on the reason for your frustration, it may be worthwhile to have a conversation with your manager. If you want to take this approach, it’s important to approach the conversation prepared.

Outline your current situation and include what’s going well in your role. Be prepared to propose a resolution where you discuss specific ways you can be more successful and happier in your position.

Be calmly approaching your manager and presenting well-thought-out idea.

#7 Look for Where You Can Make Positive Changes

If you decide to stay in your job for the time being and look for ways you can make positive changes that reduce or eliminate your frustration with work.

You could also look for a new hobby outside of work. You may even want to focus on learning new skill for professional development that could lead to new opportunities at a later time.

#8 Remember that You Are In Control

It’s important to remember you’re the person in control of your life and what steps you take next.

If you feel frustrated at work and you allow it to create negative outlook for your life, it will only make you more frustrated. If you shift your perspective towards optimism and remember you’re in control of your future, you can start to identify changes you need to make to feel happier and more content in all areas of your life.

#9 Use the Situation as Motivation

Anytime you’re feeling frustrated at work, focus your attention on ways you can improve the situation. Ask yourself how obstacle could become an opportunity for growth.

Don’t focus on negative emotion, set a new goal that will help you overcome the obstacle at hand, and focus your energy on achieving that.

#10 Focus on Your Abilities

You have skills, talents and abilities to do your job. They are reason that your company hired you.

When you find yourself participating in negative self-talk, take a moment to write down 3 things that you like about yourself. By focusing on your strengths, you’ll feel positive about any situation easier.