Work Place Relations Essay
Baker College PSY101
June 11, 2014
Work Place Relationships
Part I: Describe the characteristics of an unhealthy relationship in the workplace. Just like personal relationships, workplace relationships can be both healthy or unhealthy. The nature of one's relationships in the workplace can relate to job satisfaction and success in that workplace. Describe three characteristics that would exemplify an unhealthy relationship with coworkers and/or managers.
Most people spend the majority of their lives at work, and studies repeatedly show happy employees are more productive. Companies that …show more content…
• Anger: This can include an increased level of irritability, being short-tempered with those around you, being less patient or participating in blaming others. Too many demands and less time to meet them can create hostility.
• Lack of control: This can happen over time when you are overwhelmed with work pressures or change. There is a sense of powerlessness that comes from feeling ignored or being unable to say no to something. When work pressures increase and you have little input on how the work will be done, you can feel powerless and stuck.
• Loss of confidence: When you start doubting your abilities to do your job, that’s a red flag you may be in a toxic work environment. Comparing yourself to other people and being reminded you are not meeting expectations can lead to a loss of confidence. When your work culture values the bottom line more than it does people, you can find yourself in a constant state of uncertainty, which often produces a feeling of low self-worth.
• Diminished relationships: This evolves slowly, but you may find yourself gradually losing interest in going out, being too fatigued to socialize or being so consumed by work that you don’t have enough time for other people. In one incident, an employee described how he left work Friday night focused on being a