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Managing Work while Having a Personal Crisis


We always try very hard not to bring our personal life to the office, but sometimes it just impossible. Unfortunately, we have to deal with difficulties that occur in our personal lives even at times when we have a lot of office work. Divorces, death in the family, health or personal crises make us re-evaluate our lives and our business as well. This is the time when our mind is taken over by negative feelings and stress, so it is hard to stay tuned and productive. Read the article below for some effective ways to cope with stress and continue working effectively.

Learn to ask for help

            Managers are used to coping with their problems on their own, but at times of personal crisis, they often need some backup.

            Managers are used to be “I can handle everything” types of people, but you will deal with personal crisis better and faster if you allow yourself to share this burden with others. Colleagues, family, and friends want to support and help you, so let them do it. Find something that you can pass to someone else and dedicate your time to dealing with important problems only you can cope with.

Be honest with customers

            If you cannot dedicate yourself to your business as usual, informing customers about the situation is one of the best ways to avoid misunderstanding. Most people understand that others do go through hard times. Tell them that your cooperation and partnership is still important and reassure them that they can expect the highest level of service from you as soon as possible.

Maintain strong relationships with key customers

            If you face personal challenges, continue to work as much as you can and focus your time on the key clients. If you have limited service hours, just dedicate them to communication with the most important customers so you don't lose them.

            Make sure to take care of your regular clients and don’t take on new ones if you cannot serve them properly. You will save your reputation and will be able to maintain strong relationships and a strong business.

Perform some soul-searching

            Personal tragedies make people reflect upon the things they have in their lives and realize which of them are important and which are less important. Some of them realize that it is their work or hobby that makes them tick. Most people who have to handle their crisis at work realize how much they enjoy it and how dear their co-workers are to them. Sometimes work, hobbies, friends and family can help you get through the tough times easier and faster.

            People say: “This will let you stay grounded.” So do your best not to sink into grief even at the hardest times. Hopefully, you won’t need these pieces of advice in your life, but in case something does occur, your work and your colleagues will give you the best support they can.

About the Author: Ellie Cunningham is a freelance blogger and academic writer at 24writer from Toronto. Her main areas of expertise are lifestyle, psychology and management. With a degree in Business Studies, Ellie is looking forward to developing his writing and editing skills. 

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