Tori’s Take: Recovering from a Bad Day
Each month, we bring you “Tori’s Take” featuring a guest post by Market Street Talent’s Operations Coordinator, Tori Leavitt, as she takes a look at popular workplace concepts and trends.
Staffing is an emotional business. We work closely with our candidates and clients, and our entire team gets invested in their success. We genuinely care about creating the best possible outcome for the people we work with, but as with everything, there are bound to be times when things go wrong. Dealing with people’s livelihoods isn’t something we take lightly, so when stress levels are high, we have a few strategies in our back pockets to help us bounce back and keep the day going in a positive direction.
The Ten-Minute Rule
When you feel like you’re having trouble moving on from something, consider whether it will still matter in ten years. If it won’t, give yourself ten minutes to react and then move on. Set a timer if you have to. It’s healthy to let yourself process your emotions, but you have to let things go in order to make something positive happen.
What’s the Next Action?
It’s easy to get wrapped up in a stressful event and not know what to do next. Ask yourself: is there any action that can be taken to change or improve the situation? Take a minute to sit down and think through the next steps you could take. Many times, there isn’t anything that can be done, no matter how much you’d like there to be. If the situation involves a coworker or manager, see if they have a few minutes to provide input. This can be a good way to check your reaction and see if it’s reasonable.
Change Your Scenery
If your workplace is flexible enough, take a few minutes to get outside and walk around the building. Bad weather? Take a few laps inside. Sometimes stepping away from your desk will give you a better perspective – and never underestimate the power of fresh air! If you can’t leave your desk, put on your headphones and play something upbeat to boost your mood.