Peer pressure does not end in our teen years. It can also carry over into the workplace.
KelpHR, a company that strives to promote safety, happiness and inclusivity in the working environment, simply defines peer pressure as a phenomenon where one feels obligated to follow a group’s behavioural and action rules to fit in. They also note that although peer pressure can have a positive impact, such as inspiring one to push their limits and work better, it can also produce negative consequences, like lowering self-confidence and self-esteem levels.
Fortunately, there are ways to deal with the downsides of peer pressure in the workplace. Below are five ways to do so:
1. Learn to say no
It can sometimes be difficult to say no at work for fear of repercussions. However, saying no, as well as setting boundaries, is an important skill to learn that can assist you in setting healthy limits at your workplace, notes Cubicle|Therapy, a publication that focuses on improving the quality of life at work.
2. Remove yourself from situations
You will find that some people will refuse to take no as an answer. At the workplace, for example, your colleagues may try to push you to attend an event you already said no to. In such cases, it is best to remove yourself from the situation to protect yourself, shares Cubicle|Therapy.
3. Plan your responses
KelpHR states that if you sense that you will be pressured into doing something at work, plan your responses accordingly so that you are prepared to say no professionally and politely.
4. Seek the necessary help
If you feel that your colleague is pressuring you to do something that does not make you feel comfortable, do not hesitate to speak to human resources (HR) or a peer you trust, assures KelpHR.
5. Find your tribe
The above-mentioned HR company also shares that you should surround yourself with people who value and respect your decisions and choices. Having a supportive group of individuals in the workplace can be seen as a benefit when it comes to tackling peer pressure.
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