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There are few scenarios more stressful than feeling like your days of employment are numbered. Whether you're convinced that your performance isn't up to snuff or you know you can't manoeuvre away from an impending round of job cuts, going to work with a sense of impending doom can make just about anyone panic.
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Feeling like you are about to be fired can be one of the most stressful experiences you can face. It can stir up a range of emotions including fear, anger, low self-esteem, panic, loss of trust in others and self-pity, to name a few.
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So, what makes you look bad? Trying to upstage your manager, particularly if you are a lot younger than them. New ideas are always welcome, but you should always be taking them to your manager first. I see many hardworking, successful millennials in the workforce, but there are some I wish I could just course-correct a little bit.
I want to work in a world where it's OK to really feel things, to shed a tear, to let it all out, to have a meltdown. Maybe not in the middle of a board meeting, but privately and with someone who feels safe.
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