When we are encountered with a difficult situation, each of us adapts to it in different manners. The way in which we do so either helps reduce stress or spiral it beyond control. The same applies to a workplace scenario. Needless to say, we all get cornered once in a while with some tough scenarios at our office. Being assertive at the workplace is a balancing act. You need to be assertive to push your points or concerns across without coming across as overbearing. This was the underlying topic behind the session on “Assertiveness” held by Nordic Intent’s VP for Human Resources Shwetha Pinto for the Creometric team.
The session brought to light the three character approaches during an uncomfortable situation: sympathy, empathy and apathy. Shwetha explained that from among the three; the best approach would be empathy. This type of behaviour doesn’t involve responses like “It’s your job, I don’t care” or “I’ll do your work for you”. Empathizing with one another in the work environment calls for a mutual understanding between people and creates a less stressful vibe. It translates into positive, respectful and confident behaviour that at the same time understands the needs and feelings of others. This kind of assertive behaviour is reflective of a person who is In charge of their own actions and choices and knows when to speak up and when to stay quiet.
If you are facing any issues at your workplace maybe you don’t find a colleague co-operative or your boss is making a machine out of you, make sure to not react wrongly but learn the importance of assertiveness. The entire team had a lot to take back from this session in terms of adapting to assertive behaviour and understanding how our approach to coworkers or any work-related situation matters.
Sessions such as these are carried out regularly at the office, empowering the employees to grow and thus bring to life a positive approach towards any work-related situation. If you want to read on about some more of them, click here.