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24 2011

Cranky Co-worker Day

Syndicated from: Work Smart Live Smart Stress and Wellness Tips

  Cranky Co-worker Day – October 28 There are days when you think that everyone around you has taken a cranky pill.  Do you have days when you are more ‘prickly’ than others or woke up on the wrong side of the bed?Sometimes we have these types of days when everything just seems to go wrong…we couldn’t find our keys, we had a battle with our teenager, we got stuck in traffic or we are getting a cold.  Other times, our bad mood just seems to engulf us and we have no idea why.Today is the day to celebrate the crankiness in all of us…or just realize that we all have these days and we can help each other through them.Beverly’s Hot Tips for Being A Cranky Co-Worker:·         Certainly don’t be nice or helpful. ·         Don’t say thank you. ·         Don’t hold the door open for anyone. ·         Walk past your co-workers while looking the other way.   ·         Leave the company kitchen in a mess.  ·         Slam your office door.·         Don’t say goodbye when you hang up the phone.·         Don’t answer your phone.·         Growl at anyone who seems perky.·         Say “It can’t be done” to any suggestion that is made.·         Sigh loudly.·         Kick the photocopier.·         Complain about the rain, snow, wind, sunshine, heat, blue sky….·         Go to your meeting late and leave early.·         Wear really tight underwear or at least the kind that seem to want to climb higher and higher…that always seems to increase my crankiness.Beverly’s Hot Tips For Helping  A Cranky Co-Worker:·         Smile and ignore the crankiness if it is just temporary behaviour·         Address the behaviour if it is inappropriate and impacting others·         Ask how you can help.  Maybe the person has a lot on their plate and just doesn’t know what to do or who to turn to.·         Try a simple act of kindness.·         Don’t personalize their crankiness.  It is about them and not about you.·         Give attention and recognition for the positive things that they have done and not the cranky behaviours that you see. ·         Try whistling while you work…it worked for the 7 dwarves !If you would like to find more strategies to help you deal with health, wellness and stress - please visit the resource section at you have some strategies to share - comment on this posting! To bring Beverly to present her stress and wellness strategies to your team or to find more wellness days, weeks and months - visit      .Providing the tips and strategies to help you gain more joy, success and meaning in your life.

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