How to handle a demanding workplace


The thing with being an employee is that you have a boss. You are governed by some set of rules and regulations whether you like it or not.

Having a hard time on a demanding workplace?

I’ve asked my friends what they can say.

1. You can’t control peoples’ attitude. “What you can do is change the way you react to them. If the job is important to you and no jobs waiting for you yet, concentrate on your work and what is positive about the job rather than dwelling on the negative. If it’s too much, change jobs.” (from a Crisis Line coordinator)

2. Ask Yourself. An example for an Aggressive boss scenario. This is from a counselor’s viewpoint and  the typical question would be: Ask yourself, “How do you manage to cope up with that kind of work environment? What are the possible adjustments that are within your control in which you alone are trying to work out? For how long have you been in that company? Your obvious choice is 1-Leave; 2-Tolerate while looking for another; 3-Stay. You must also think of the Employer-employee heirarchy, are you the person who takes instructions positively or negatively? A boss’s personality is inherent. There are lots of factors that makes him ‘aggressive’, be it personal, or a sign of weakness. Remember you are your best resource and you and only you know what’s best for you. In whatever option you will decide to take comes with the responsibility to deal with the repercussions positively. You are your own person complete with your personal set of skills, talents and resources. Trust your inner voice and do what is best for you.” (Name withheld, Counselor)

3. Grace Under pressure. As Christians, we should give our best at work, whether we like our superiors or not, whether we are not treated the way we think we should be. Lets think that the job is a gift from God and we are doing our job in honor of our God and not for man. But if the job is making us sick or unhappy, maybe its time to look for better opportunities. (Elizabeth, Law graduate)

4. Positive Attitude. “You have to keep this in mind because when you start the day with negative vibes, think domino effect. Not only will you see your workmates as walking demons but your day will be ruined. You’ve only got two choices, Endure or Leave. To avoid all the hassle in looking again for another job, take out all the negativity and give yourself a chance to improve on yourself and your craft. (Kit, Freelance educator)

5. Thrive to Survive.  A. Keep your composure: Do not react in a negative way but instead keep your composure. You will not solve anything by reacting negatively. If the demand is deemed unreasonable, then talk to your supervisor or manager.

B. Be proactive: Communicate and start working on your goals for the day. If you hit a wall, communicate and be open to suggestions. If you’re working as a team, involve everyone – more brains are better than one. Communicate and brainstorm.

C.  Confront – peacefully – the problem: There are times when you have to speak up and stand up for yourself. Confronting the problem head on is better than mauling about it with no solution.

D. Leave work at work. At the end of the day, we all have families and homes to go home to. Regardless of what the outcome of your day, leave your work stress at home. Home is the place for you to recharge. (Karen, Kayni’s Corner Cafe)



Have a wonderful week ahead!




35 thoughts on “How to handle a demanding workplace

  1. I’ve worked in a corporate environment and the demands actually were not the problem with me, it was me. I refused to see the good in people because I was busy thinking of the negatives. I was a starter then, my eldest daughter was newly born, and I was working in a place so far from home. Minsan, when you think of it, the pressures pala come from the outside.


  2. I have tried all of the pieces of advice listed in your post back when I was still working at the corporate world. They are indeed effective and very helpful. 🙂


  3. I love my work before, but when it started to ask for me to do more than my scope, i resigned. the pay was not enough for the work load i’m doing, and i’m not happy anymore. Plus, i started daydreaming of beach, vacation, and my mom’s hometown.. that’s my go signal to leave the company. hahaha!


  4. I agree with your tips, I’ve been in the academe for eight years and only recently did I encounter demanding workmates or bosses. At first I did not know how to react but learned your tip #1, the work and people becomes a lot easier when you care less about their reactions and focus on your own. Thanks for the tips, it will definitely be useful to me.


  5. I like this post. I miss being is a structured workplace….and then not! Lol. The things you mentioned oozes with grace…easier said than done though, if you know what I mean. => Have a great week too.


  6. In my kind of workplace (BPOs) it is always demanding. I remembered being on graveyard shift working like a zombie for 4 years. With the stress that the caller on your bosses give you? Everyday, I am dragging myself to work. I am blessed to be on a not so demanding job now. Same industry, but definitely way better. =)


  7. I used to work with the corporate world for a long time. I miss it sometimes but stress there is different than stress at home. Especially when you are no longer happy and feels unmotivated.


  8. I am glad I’m out of the corporate world but sometimes I miss the deadlines, bonding with friends at work and the quarterly bonuses 🙂


  9. Lately, I was given a task to do menu layout for a cafe. I made all the pages in the layout that was approved, but the client wants all changed in new layout. I feel like giving up, but I was thinking of things like: I want to finish a task that I started and to see my work used, also I want to add to my portfolio.


  10. I love the Christian perspective of this post. My secret in being able to work well is changing my mindset: I’m not working for this people; I’m working for the Lord! After all, people are bound to fail me but God is always faithful.


  11. I used to work as a Tech Lead in a call center. There was a time when I was bombarded with tasks, I had training outside of working hours and I was pregnant! I find that taking a breather helps a lot. Take breaks, clear your mind. I agree that you have to take on things with a positive attitude, if not then you won’t be able to work as an efficient employee.


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