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Are You Making Yourself Crazy?

Posted November 21, 2011 9:07 AM

One consequence of the economic conditions over the last few years is that you have fewer people to get the work done. You feel lucky to have your job, so you try extra hard. But the conditions are bound to raise your level of stress. The stress, in turn, can interfere with your productivity and your relationship with your coworkers. Does this scenario sound familiar? How do you handle the increased stress? How has it changed the workplace atmosphere? What techniques do you use to avoid flying off the handle or engaging in other counterproductive behaviors? How do your coworkers' coping mechanisms differ from yours? Which of you is more successful? Why?

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11/22/2011 2:28 AM

This reason I took early retirement @ age of 58 I could have worked 2 more years but decided enough is enough and let me spend my remaining years as I wish.

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11/28/2011 1:22 PM

You are lucky. Many people in the U.S. who lost pensions (euphemism for screwed by a variety of people/organizations) had to come out of retirement and go back to work -- some age 70 and beyond. Let's hope you won't have to do that. Although, some people go crazy in retirement after a life-long habit of work.

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11/29/2011 7:43 AM

Thanks for your advise. Fortunately here in India we get higher rate of interest on Bank Deposits. Even Government Banks pay 9% interest to Sr.Citizens.I can meet my expenses with interested amount where as my savings are 100% safe.

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11/29/2011 9:39 AM

Nothing is 100% safe, except possibly death.

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11/22/2011 6:36 AM

Foolish politicians and CEO/MDs do not know the value(knowledge) of experienced people. They think those who work like a bull are useful but not the intelligent decision makers/geniuses. Before the computer was introduced in offices stenographers/typists were employed to type letters in offices. But now each employee has one as a result clerical hands say "why can't the engineer type his letters because he too has a computer". This statement shows the mentality/attitude of office staff who don't realise an engineer/executive can do more valuable work than typing letters.

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11/22/2011 7:59 AM

pnaban,

I respectfully disagree with your need for typists. I find it takes less of my time to type a letter and send it. Otherwise I would have to dictate it and then proofread it.

Often the typist had less skills in composing letters than I had. Of course then they had to use "white out" to correct typo's.

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11/22/2011 10:30 AM

What I meant by "letter" is "typing" BOQ running into several pages etc not a small letter. An engineers time(hrs)should not be wasted in typing something which could be done by an unskilled assistant(clerk).

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11/22/2011 4:08 PM

Why should I avoid counterproductive behavior? Embrace the madness!!!! (Evil cackle)

When a bureaucrat insists that I must now do their job too, I usually do it so badly that their status becomes questionable. I never let any of my core responsibilities slip while I run amok outside of what should be my domain, but I do have fun along the way.

It could easily be argued that this approach has scuttled my career from growing into more lucrative positions. It can just as easily be argued that this approach has secured for me a comfortable niche. I've never refused a task given to me but I have had people regretting that they gave me their work. I have been known to quietly giggle in a few meetings.

I've had more stress in my career by not speaking my mind and concerns. This approach to stress has resulted in many embarrassing moments for myself. Being honest can easily make one look foolish. But it has gotten me included in many varied research projects that has made things interesting.

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