We’re all guilty of complaining about work at some point in our lives – no matter how big or small the issue is or was. It’s a form of coping mechanism.
While complaining about work is common—you and your colleagues probably do it all the time during lunch—it can be very toxic.
“By indulging in complaints and gossip about work, we allow negativity to permeate our lives. This is very unhealthy as we’ll become consumed by something instead of living properly,” says Mabel Chiang, Managing Director of branding agency Archetype Singapore.
“Work alone does not define us; it is only a part of our lives. We should be defined by what we stand for as an individual, in and outside of work. Our energy should be channelled into things that matter, like things that create a positive impact on us, our loved ones or for a greater good.”
Work alone does not define us; it is only a part of our lives. We should be defined by what we stand for as an individual, in and outside of work.– Mabel Chiang
“As the saying goes, ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff’, but we do so when we complain about work.”
Don’t let the negativity consume you. If it’s a habit you wish to kick, you might find these three tips from Mabel useful.