No matter your line of work, you’re bound to run into some office drama from time to time. It’s simply unavoidable. In higher ed, with all our petty academic politics, student crises and buffeting from forces outside our ivory towers, the drama level can ascend to amazing heights.
So, how do you cope? How do you avoid getting caught up in all the hubbub of the drama kings and queens and stay productive — or sane?
Here’s a tip that’s helped me deal with the drama: How we choose to perceive a situation can help alleviate some of the stress associated with it.
For me, I’ve chosen to think of office drama as mere kerfluffle. I don’t know why I’ve chosen that word, but it works. It diminishes the level of angst and urgency in my mind to something silly, which is what most dramas are.
A kerfluffle — defined as a “disturbance” or “fuss” by Dictionary.com — is a silly word, a comical word. Calling a situation a kerfluffle deflates the drama from it and makes it seem less, well, dramatic.
Maybe you should think of the dramas in your office as kerfluffles. Or maybe you prefer foofaraw or hullabaloo. Whatever works for you.
If all else fails, you can always hit the drama button.