Being patient in the workplace is a trait that is often overlooked. Practicing patience in the workplace with colleagues, clients, and bosses, can be a valuable skill to master.
In today’s business climate, which is increasingly stressful and full of complications, patience truly is a virtue. Everyone feels the pressure of generating meaningful results on strict turnaround times. Technology provides the opportunity for clients and bosses to constantly make contact with you, leading to increased frustration and stress. High-performance workplace environments often lead to intense, stressful interactions.
We’ve all heard the age-old adage “patience is a virtue.” As a collective society, being patient with the situation at hand can be challenging. But if you want to be a balanced, effective member of your company, becoming aware of how you handle patience and frustration at the workplace is an essential skill.
Here are a few powerful ways you can learn to practice patience in the workforce and assist in creating a more productive and increasingly positive environment for both you and your colleagues.
Objectivity is hard to find. It’s even more challenging when you’re on deadline for a project and have a client breathing down your neck, but choosing empathy in the face of stress is a decision that the best teammates and bosses make. When the pressure mounts, it becomes increasingly essential to practice empathy. Be strong enough to know when you need to change your approach but start with empathy. Start with patience. Allow yourself to take a step back and zoom out. By focusing on the big picture and starting with patience, you’ll find a better, more effective solution.
To practice patience in the most effective manner, you must be a good listener. Ask questions. Don’t jump to conclusions. Don’t create expectations. Take a deep breath and embrace the process. It’s equally important to try to face each situation—no matter how stressful—with positivity and acceptance.
Hold Yourself Accountable
Leaders and workmates grow impatient and frustrated with employees who don’t listen, don’t follow direction, and make excuses for late or incorrect work. That’s understandable—and yet it’s important to practice patience in such a situation to attempt to remedy the situation. Being honest, patient, and practicing empathy is the best way to solve any sort of workplace tension.
It’s also important to note, however, that patience is different from passivity. Be honest with yourself about what’s acceptable and unacceptable in the workplace. And even as you approach situations with empathy, it’s crucial to acknowledge that it might just be your responsibility to step up and be honest with a colleague or speak to a supervisor.
The next time you find yourself becoming increasingly impatient or frustrated with yourself, your boss, your teammates, or your team, consider these points. Take a deep breath. Choose empathy over frustration. Ask questions to learn more about the situation and gain clarity. And finally, hold yourself accountable and responsible for your role.
As you begin to lead and work with increased patience and empathy, you’ll find yourself more and more resourceful, productive, and confident. You might also find that your actions create a ripple effect among your teammates. Take the initiative to practice patience and you might be surprised where you end up.
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