Hi there, Reader:
Workplace Addictions...I was in college when the professor made up find a person we could spend a year with working together to study, and work with in the lab. The young lady next to me was as thrilled as I was. When a professor starts the first day with this is going to be a really hard year, no one is thrilled. It was a required class and the only one that fit into our schedule.
It is very difficult to bring grown adults together to work along side each other, expecting them to get along, like each other and respect each others space. The professor gave us five (5) minutes. to introduce and get each others phone number, decide time, place we were going to meet. Luckily, my study partner and I had one common afternoon break.
Once a week we would meet to go over the notes, help each other study. We both found the class boring and it took us a great deal of study time. It started with one hour a week and before finals it was twice a week for three hours. We both got a "b" in the class which meant we were pretty good working team. The room filled with 100 students by the end of the semester the class ended with less than thirty students. I give credit to our "Snickers Addiction" for getting us through the study times.
For some reason and I don't remember why we would both purchase a Snickers and a diet drink. Don't ask me what type of drink I don't know. We were both married and just trying to get our diploma for the purpose of a better employment and paycheck. The first time it happened it was a humorous moment. This humors moment got us talking and laughter got us through a painful year of class. It was also our lunch half the time or afternoon snack. The point is we used it as a point of humor.
In the workplace, having people get along and work together is different than at church. Church you volunteer. They may or may not have a job discrimination work you are expected to have a job discrimination and are expected to have attended training, At the training they read you all the expectations the company has for you and you have to sign the job description saying you will do the work or be written up for it.
Work place addiction does it excised? We read articles about the the importance of the workaholic. The individual that works too many hours. Now what is the difference between an addiction, a habit, a item that bring humor to a relationship where people have to be in rather than choose to be in.
Addiction defined: Addiction is a state defined by compulsive engagement in naturally rewarding behavior or compulsive drug use, despite adverse consequences; it can be thought of as a disease or biological process leading to such behaviors.
According to many addiction specialists, potential non-drug addictions can include, but are not limited to,exercise addiction, food addiction, computer addiction and gambling. Currently, only substance addictions and gambling addiction are recognized by the DSM-5. ΔFosB, a gene transcription factor, is now known to be a critical component and common factor in the development of virtually all forms of behavioral and drug addictions. Classic hallmarks of addiction include impaired control over substances or behavior, preoccupation with substance or behavior, continued use despite consequences, and denial. Habits and patterns associated with addiction are typically characterized by immediate gratification (short-term reward), coupled with delayed deleterious effects (long-term costs).
Physiological dependence occurs when the body has to adjust to the substance by incorporating the substance into its "normal" functioning. This state creates the conditions of tolerance and withdrawal. Tolerance is the process by which the body continually adapts to the substance and requires increasingly larger amounts to achieve the original effects. Withdrawal refers to physical and psychological symptoms experienced when reducing or discontinuing a substance that the body has become dependent on. Symptoms of withdrawal generally include but are not limited to anxiety, irritability, intense cravings for the substance, nausea, hallucinations, headaches, cold sweats, and tremors.
Habit: A habit (or wont) is a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur unconsciously. In the American Journal of Psychology (1903) it is defined in this way: "A habit, from the standpoint of psychology, is a more or less fixed way of thinking, willing, or feeling acquired through previous repetition of a mental experience." Habitual behavior often goes unnoticed in persons exhibiting it, because a person does not need to engage in self-analysis when undertaking routine tasks. Habits are sometimes compulsory. The process by which new behaviours become automatic is habit formation. Old habits are hard to break and new habits are hard to form because the behavioural patterns we repeat are imprinted in our neural pathways, but it is possible to form new habits through repetition.
As behaviors are repeated in a consistent context, there is an incremental increase in the link between the context and the action. This increases the automaticity of the behavior in that context. Features of an automatic behavior are all or some of: efficiency, lack of awareness, unintentionality, uncontrollability.
Humor: Humour or humor (see spelling differences) is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. The term derives from the humoral medicine of the ancient Greeks, which taught that the balance of fluids in the human body, known as humours (Latin: humor, "body fluid"), controlled human health and emotion.
People of all ages and cultures respond to humour. Most people are able to experience humour—i.e., to be amused, to smile or laugh at something funny—and thus are considered to have a sense of humour. The hypothetical person lacking a sense of humour would likely find the behaviour induced by humour to be inexplicable, strange, or even irrational. Though ultimately decided by personal taste, the extent to which a person finds something humorous depends on a host of variables, including geographical location, culture, maturity, level of education, intelligence and context. For example, young children may favour slapstick such as Punch and Judy puppet shows or cartoons such as Tom and Jerry, whose purely physical nature makes it more accessible to them. By contrast, more sophisticated forms of humour such as satire require an understanding of its social meaning and context, and thus tend to appeal to more mature audiences.
It is amazing when I am setting an event and all the workers are their laboring for the client, the customer, the friend I have made after months of serving them, planning their event humor is what gets me through. I have labored until my feet blister and bled. Sometimes you can predict all the things that will happen. Sometimes, you and the client plan every thing perfectly the event is beautiful and the culture of the guest just don't go along with the plans set. I have watch clients become completely full of grace, when their guest didn't like the entertain they hired or the speech made. I have seen clients/customers get angry and yell at each other. I have witness couples that have such a fun time at their wedding reception they forget who they are and get their guest to enjoy them selves and when party crashes come it they welcome them with full grace. I have also witnessed the opposite. How humbled one feels when as the event planner you ask the guest if they would want the party crushers escorted out and they answer no, they are now my guest. Feed them and make sure they enjoy their evening.
I thank God that in this business you get to meet people as gracious as I imagine "Him" to be. I also thank Him, knowing that their are those that just miss the moment looking for the prize, when the prize is all around them. They are the people that make you who you are, who got you to this moment and time. They are your blessings. Maybe, we should look at the workplace as a blessing. The co-workers as "His" blessings in your life. The good, the not so good, the sad moments, the alone moments, the love, the dislikes, are all what you were created to experience at the moment. Like or not.