Stumbling blocks at work

Updated: Feb 9, 2019

Workplaces are full of potential stumbling blocks: difficult people, awkward situations, conflict with co-workers and even staying in a job you don't like.

You can overcome these issues.

Here are five common stumbling blocks people run into at work, and what you can do to get past them.

1. Letting setbacks break your stride

Everyone stumbles and falls. To pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get moving again, you must:

  • Take a realistic view of the situation

  • Don't beat yourself up

  • Remember the problem is yours to fix and fix it

2. Living in the rear view mirror

Don't get spend too much time looking in the rearview mirror. To learn from your mistakes, regroup, and then get going again it's important to:

  • Remember that others may see the situation differently

  • Let go of what you can't control

  • Talk about your concerns with someone you trust

3. Minding other people's business

It's good to care about and respect people around you. But don't let it interfere with your work. To avoid this stumbling block:

  • Set boundaries and respect other people's privacy

  • Speak positively about others and your organization

  • Don't blame others when things go wrong

4. Going head to head with your boss

It's a fight you can't win, and it's an approach that kills your career options. To avoid falling into a career death spiral:

  • Listen carefully without becoming defensive