How to Deal With Personal Issues at Work

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When you're dealing with serious problems at home, it can be difficult to focus on your job. Addressing your personal issues at work can be tricky, especially if you don't want your business spread around the office. Follow these steps to take care of your personal problems without making them an office affair.

  • Use work as an escape from the personal difficulties you're going trough. For these eight hours each day, focus only on your work and let your mind have a rest from the torment of your personal issues.

  • Keep your personal issues to yourself as far as your co-workers are concerned. There is no need to let the whole office know the ups and downs of your personal life. Keeping your home and work lives separate ensures that your personal matters never jeopardize your position in the work place.

  • Schedule a meeting alone with your supervisor if you feel that your problems are negatively affecting your performance at work. He may have been wondering why you haven't quite been yourself lately.

  • Tell your boss that you're dealing with a difficult private matter that you'd rather not discuss in detail.

  • Ask for adequate vacation, sick or personal time off if you need it. Use this time to deal with your personal issues so that you return to work refreshed and ready to jump back into your routine.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have a long-standing relationship with your boss or with certain co-workers and you feel comfortable discussing your problems with them, just make sure you can trust them to keep your personal life confidential before you spill the details. Office gossip is never good.
  • Don't feel bad about asking for personal time off. When you're dealing with a rough situation at home, your productivity level decreases at work. If you take the time to deal with things at home, you'll come back to work more productive and focused.

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