Handling Anger at work – a brief guide



Incidents in the workplace can leave employees infuriated, angry, stressed and frustrated.

You could become angry because your boss berates you or a trivial workplace dispute can get out of hand.. The first thing you will want to do when angry is to take it out on the person causing the anger but this is obviously not the right thing to do.

A wise man once said, “it is not what happens to us that matters but how we react to them”.

How you handle anger in the workplace can determine many things including your future promotion, productivity and your continued employment .

Effects of Anger

Anger at work has a lot of potential unintended outcomes. It can cause financial and productivity loss both to you and your co-workers. Anger can also cause prolonged confusion and psychological trauma. It can also cause outbursts in a workplace such as a riot and a strike. Now those are extremes but consider time wastage, absenteeism, and loss of morale.

What To Do When Angry

Rather than flaring up and tainting your self-image when angry, you can do a few things to save the day. Here are some proven approaches to control your anger.

Take a Deep Breath: The first thing you may want to do is to pause and take a deep breath – perhaps count to 10.. This will not probably take away the source of the anger but it will buy you time to think straight and make a better decision not to follow your emotions.

Write Out Your Thoughts: Instead of venting out your thoughts and emotions, you can write them down and keep them to yourself. This will help you to release the emotions but at the same time, no one feels the impact. Saving your thoughts when angry in an (unsent!) email can also serve as a reference in the future.

Listen to your favourite song: When infuriated, you need something to calm you down. You need to get your thoughts totally detached from the event that caused the anger and think of something that gives you happiness. Music has a way of soothing the nerves and calming us down, so listening to your favourite song can help you get over the moment.

What would your role model do: Who is your role model? A parent? Someone in business perhaps? Considering what they would do in these circumstances can help us get over a difficult time and might avoid hasty actions.

And remember, Mayfair Cares.

 

The Importance of Good Work/Life Balance


We are living in a fast-paced world where the ability to achieve a healthy work/life balance is becoming more difficult and almost impossible due to overwhelming business needs.

Employers are putting more pressure on their employees in a bid to keep up with the competition and on the other hand, employees are putting additional pressure on themselves in order to achieve greater results and reach the set target.

For many, the 9-5 has now become 8-7- and sadly, many have come to accept it.

It’s the same situation in the self-employed and the small business.

But it shouldn’t be this way. No matter how difficult it may seem, maintaining a good work/life balance is absolutely essential when it comes to good personal health, relationships, and a achieving a happy, productive lifestyle even in a very demanding career.

With the perfect work/life balance:

·         You will be less susceptible to burnout

·         You will keep health problems at bay

·         You will be able to put more focus where it’s due

So why is it becoming more difficult to achieve a good work/life balance? What do we get wrong about work-life balance?

It’s all About Juggling Family and Work

The truth of the matter is, it’s not how much time you spend at work or at home or in lifestyle activities - it’s also about how the quality of that extra time enhances your ability to put your best effort at work.

Fewer Working Hours, Happier Life

Most people also assume that the fewer hours they work, the happier their lives will be. Well this is just a, misconception. There are numerous factors that can affect work-life balance even for those who work 20 hours or less a week.

The perfect balance shouldn’t only take into account the number of hours you work, but also your hobbies, family, health and wellness, and even stress management.

What Works for My Colleagues Works for Me Too

Wrong.

No one knows you better than yourself. So it’s not right to assume that what your colleague does to get the perfect balance can work for you too.

If working longer hours during the week to get some time to guarantee quality time with your family during the weekend works for you, then go for it.

How Can We Benefit By Achieving the Perfect Work-Life Balance?

·         Your Productivity Will Increase

A healthy work-life balance will boost your productivity, both in your work life and personal life.

All you have to do balance your work, family time, and rest to stay fully functional and motivated.

·         You will have better Focus

When you have a healthy work-life balance, you will have greater control of where your focus remains.

This simply means that if you leave your work at the office, you will be in a position to fully focus on your family, relationships, and hobbies.

·         You will Experience Fewer Health Problems and Enhance Your Well-Being

When you experience burn out, you are not doing your health or well-being any favor.

Burnout leaves you completely exhausted and stressed out, and this can bring about many health complications.

With a good work-life balance, you will be less susceptible to health problems and greatly enhance your well being.

·         You will Love your Job More

Why do people say they hate their jobs?

Well, there could be many factors such as low pay or bad work ethics but evidently, many people with a poor work-life balance loathe their jobs.

If only they could try and balance the two, may be their jobs would suck a little bit less.

Additionally, you will have some more “me” time, you will stop missing out on important things in your life, and also enhance your stress management skills.

Always remember that achieving the perfect work-life balance most often comes down to your ability and dedication to prioritizing what’s most important to you.

And remember, Mayfair Cares.

Iron Deficiency in Women - A Worldwide Problem


Iron deficiency is one of the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world. It’s a major cause of anaemia and is more prevalent in developing countries.

Research indicates that approximately 80% of people in the world do not have enough iron in their bodies, and about 30% of the population suffers from anaemia due to prolonged deficiency,.

Now according to the World Health Organization, iron deficiency is comparatively higher in women, especially those in the childbearing stage, with the disorder affecting 1 in 7 women worldwide.

While the deficiency in women is caused by various factors such as heavy menstruation, pregnancy, and breastfeeding, poor diet is the leading cause.

Iron Deficiency and Poor Diet

According to WHO, bad diet is one of the major causes of anemia in women.

Just like with other nutrients, women who eat a diet with little or no iron are at a high risk of becoming iron deficient. There are many reasons to this;

Vegetarianism

A vegetarian diet is one that excludes meat and sometimes other animal products. This is a diet that mainly consists of fruits, vegetables, seeds, grains, pulses, and nuts.

The problem with a vegetarian diet is that it consists of non-heme iron which is poorly absorbed in the body, unlike heme iron which is well-absorbed.

Statistics indicate that there are 140% more female vegetarians than males. This means that women who are vegetarian are more likely to become iron deficient than men.

Ignoring Rich Iron Sources such as Red Meat

Most women (like everyone else) tend to avoid red meat due to the health risks associated with this type of meat. Instead, they focus on eating fish, pork, poultry, and eggs.

Red meat is considered as one of the highest sources of iron and ignoring it only increases the risk of iron deficiency.

Adding red meat in the diet is therefore important to avoid the deficiency.

Consumption of Excessive Amounts of Caffeine

Caffeine interferes with iron absorption in the body.

One study has found that excessive consumption of coffee reduces iron absorption by as much as 50% while tea reduces its uptake by as much as 60%.

The tannins in both beverages adversely affect iron availability in the body by interfering with its absorption, causing a severe deficiency.

This means that women who drink excessive amounts of coffee/tea on a daily basis increase their risk becoming deficient in iron.

Restrictive Eating

Restrictive eating, under eating, and counting calories are some of the major causes of iron deficiency in women. This is because such practice limits the amount of nutrients and iron the body needs to function properly.

This practice is particularly common in women who are looking to lose weight or maintain a certain body weight.

Cultural Beliefs

There are some cultural groups that avoid iron-rich sources due to certain beliefs. Women in such cultures are often at a higher risk of getting severe deficiency as a result.

Treating Iron Deficiency in Women

Women suffering from this disorder as a result of a bad diet should consider following a healthy diet to avoid the many adverse health effects.

Severe iron deficiency has been found to lead to anaemia, heart failure, and enlarged heart muscle. In pregnant women, the disorder can lead to premature birth or low birth weight.

Eating a diet rich in both heme and non heme iron, increasing Vitamin C intake (Vitamin C improves iron absorption), and taking iron supplements can help restore iron levels in the body, not to mention reverse its effects.

Seek medical assistance if necessary.

And remember, Mayfair Cares.

 

Recreational Drugs and their Impact in the Workplace


Recreational drugs are those that are taken for leisure purposes or enjoyment instead of for medical reasons. The problem is that they can have a significant effect on work performance and some of their unintended outcomes can be serious. Such drugs include:

· Alcohol

· Crack cocaine

· Synthetic cannabinoids

· Methamphetamine

· Phencyclidine

· Some prescription drugs

· Xanax

Some of the effects of drug use include:

Increased accident rates and injuries at work.

Alcohol is known to impair judgment. This makes you prone to safety hazards in the work place. For instance, you may easily trip and hit your head on a blunt object.

This could lead to immediate loss of consciousness and in serious cases, a blood clot.

Suppose this is not detected early, the injured person is likely to suffer migraines from time to time. This eventually affects performance at work. 

Fatal accidents and premature death.

Some drugs such as Xanax are depressants. As a result, they tend to slow down the brain’s performance.

If the user works in such a place where he or she operates machines and other similar equipment, it is easy to mishandle the machine and in extreme cases this may cause premature death.

Statistics state that 14 % of fatal accidents at the work place are as a result of consumption of depressants. 

Creating tardiness

Sleeping on the job, a condition known as tardiness.

As mentioned earlier, depressants greatly slow down the performance of the brain and there have been examples of cases whereby thieves broke into a certain place under the watch of hired security.

When the matters were looked into, the investigations came to a disheartening conclusion that the security guards had been sleeping on the job. Obviously, these men did not intentionally plan to sleep at the workplace, after all, that is not what they get paid to do.

Reports showed that there was a presence of drugs in their blood systems hence the tardiness. 

Affects concentration

Recreational drugs can interfere with concentration.

Drugs like cocaine are known to cause hallucinations. As a result, a person’s ability to perceive what is actually happening is greatly reduced. The safety dangers for someone under the influence of such drugs at work are obvious

Not as obvious is the potential for theft which may increase which may lead to conflict and insecurity in the workplace environment. Theft will come about when the drug user may opt to steal from his colleagues so as to be able to afford the regular drug usage. When employees do not feel safe their work performance will inevitably be affected. 

CONCLUSION

Recreational drug can leads to accidents accident, ruined careers, loss of jos, ruined relationships and worse.

Some companies have even introduced a new interview method whereby the applicants take a drug test before getting hired. 

If one fails the test he certainly does not get the job. To be on the safe side, avoid the use of recreational drugs.

Seek medical assistance if necessary.

And remember, Mayfair Cares.