Fear during uncertain times can create tension that might lead to backbiting and snapping in the office.
However, there are ways that managers and workers can make their working environment a more pleasant, professional place.
Mary Mitchell, the president of The Mitchell Organization, a training and consulting practice that focuses on workplace etiquette and professional behavior, said worries about the economy — and natural disasters — often lead to fear. And that leads to stress.
But there’s a simple remedy to combat some of that stress: breathe.
Just one or two deep breaths “can re-focus you, recenter you, kind of reset your dials,” Mitchell said,”and then you move forward.”
And even in today’s fast-paced work life, “everybody can afford one or two deep breaths,” she added.
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-9 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.