whether career women or not, have been closely associated with
emotions. Ironically it is this emotional side of a woman that
is a double-edged sword. On one hand, we women pride ourselves
for our sensitivity, on the other hand we experience the most
intense pain when our emotions let us down.
emotional side of you, sometimes stops you from doing what you
want to do, or lead you into actions that you later regret or
prevent you from being the kind of person you would like to be.
the office, a woman employee who is in the habit of giving vent
to her emotions, however talented, will find herself at a distinct
below are two examples of woman employees.
woman, allowed her emotions overcome her and let it affect her
performance on the job. While the other has learnt to handle her
emotions constructively to help her be more effective at the job.
know of a highly skilled woman employee who was the object of
office humor due to her habit of giving vent to her emotions openly
in the office. Her colleagues were vary of their dealings with
her, as they never knew when any of their statements could offend
her. Everyone including the boss used to be extra cautious while
relating to her in the office. This in the long run, created an
image of her being less of a professional and affected her ability
to get along with others in the office. She also lost her promotion
to another colleague who was seen as more emotionally balanced.
Mrs. Latha was a qualified Account's professional, who had quit
her previous employment to look after her child. When her husband
passed away she resumed working. One of her office colleagues
who was many years senior to her, resented her very much. He was
not as highly qualified as her and had reached the grade due to
his 10-year experience in the same firm. He resented a woman,
half his age being given the same position as himself and used
to find various methods to undermine her at the job. Knowing her
weakness, he would always try to play up on her emotional side.
He would put a lot of pressure on her, hoping that she would break
the initial stages Latha was just getting used to the work environment
and balancing her home responsibilities. During this phase her
fragile emotions fresh with the grief of the passing away of her
husband used to give her away occasionally.
fortunately for Latha, she soon realised what her colleague was
up to. She decided to rise up the challenge. She decided that
it was time, to take charge of her feelings and learn to exercise
control both on the quality and intensity of her emotions. She
decided to follow a systematic regime of being in control of her
emotions. Here, she shares the story with us:
made a personal vow to be in control of my emotions at the office.
I realised that every time I breakdown at the office, I would
be reinforcing the view that I am not yet ready to handle the
professional duties assigned to me. Thus it was a question of
learning to control my emotions or let them harm my professional
life. On the other hand when I came home, I would give vent to
my feelings freely.
started maintaining a DIARY. I used to write down my thoughts
and experiences. This was my personal sounding board. While writing,
I would openly confront the day's events. I would let my hair
down and face my emotional side realistically.
refused to bottle my emotions by being aware of the source
of my pain and feeling free to express them in a safe manner.
I developed an open and close relationship with my friend. She
was a big support to me and helped me emotionally accept the loss
of my husband.I would openly discuss with her all my painful experiences
and give vent to my emotions freely. I had unconsciously built
a safe environment for myself outside the walls of the office
where I could take time to heal my emotional wounds in a natural
made an effort to display more of positive emotions at the office
like starting the day with a smile. I refused to let people view
me as a victim of life. I decided that I would rather be seen
as someone who reflects the joys of life.
stopped seeing myself as the victim which my colleague perceived
myself to be. Soon I realised that my colleague was the victim
of his own insecurities and not me. It then became much easier
for me to control my emotions while dealing with him. This helped
me to handle all his attempts to put me down in a realistic manner.
rediscovered my strengths and myself. Every successful interaction
with my colleague and others made me rediscover my innate strengths,
which were hidden when I was a housewife. Now, every interaction
is a source of joy for me and I once again look forward to meeting
as I am sitting at my office, I take a look at my colleague next
to me. I whisper a silent thank you to him. For he, without his
own knowledge has helped me become a stronger person today. He
has made me realise the truth of making my emotions my strength
rather than my weakness.