Do you ever feel undermined at work?
Maybe you find yourself in 1:1 conversations or in meetings and that rolling of the eyes, sarcasm in the voice or back-handed comment from someone triggers you to think, ‘They’re deliberately undermining me!’ What do you do? If you say there’re undermining you, they’re likely to deny it or say you are being too sensitive. If don’t raise it, you feel you’re not standing up for yourself, become tongue-tied or feel resentful and short-changed.
As an organisational psychologist, I believe the majority of communication challenges we all face within organisations – whether as leaders or in other roles – relate by the ‘dynamics’ within the exchange. We hear someone say something, yet their body language contradicts it and yet we don’t know how to point it out without it turning into conflict or denial.
Watch this video on ‘What to do when you feel undermined at work’ and learn how to confidently speak out on these issues without feeling anxious. After all, it’s our job to educate others how to treat us.