Week 34 -- "Workplace anger" -- Grade 12

Week 34 -- "Workplace anger" -- Grade 12

Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Workplace anger.

Brief Summary: Your teen is off to work and it’s so nice knowing that this whole school thing is almost over. However, your child just called and informed you that she may be getting in trouble at work because she got into a verbal altercation with a supervisor. How are you going to get across that anger at work will get you fired? Without being preachy?

Shared vocabulary: None

Key Takeaways:

  • The first thing is understanding how to cope with anger yourself. We’ve all lost our tempers and, after it was over, we know we could have dealt with the situation with a lot less fire. Approach the situation as to how to handle a hot situation without making it worse. 
  • In just four steps, controlling your breathing, relaxing your muscles, getting it out on paper, and seeking context, will help convey the message to your teen that they can get a hold of their anger and help get out of a difficult situation.  
  • The greatest question you can pose to your teen about their own anger is will I be angry about this tomorrow? The day after? Next week? Next month? Next year? This will help your teen let go of what’s ultimately not important.
  • Even though your teen is about to move on to the next phase of their life, it is important to recognize the importance of modeling the behavior that will help them navigate life challenges.  

Continue the Conversation:  

  • Why is losing your temper the worst possible thing you can do in the workplace?  What message does that send to your supervisor?
  • What techniques do you currently use when you get mad at home, school, with your friends?  How can you use these techniques in the workplace?
  • Why is it important to sometimes let things be that you cannot control and not get angry about it?
  • If you have lost your temper, what can you do to remedy the situation?

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