With the recent ongoing snow storms in Boston, we’ve all been feeling stressed. There are many stress management techniques to choose from, and I thought looking at the MBTA as a case study would provide another perspective. Hey, they are a $1.8b revenue company that managed to turn a profit last year, so they must be doing something right…right?
- Pretend nothing’s wrong while your performance suffers. This includes telling people about problems long after they’ve happened, providing hopelessly optimistic expectations, and general denial that anything’s wrong.
- Shut down completely. Give people a few hours’ notice, and then just stop doing your job for a while. Maybe you will take the opportunity to resign from your job. If, however, you’ve chosen a temporary shutdown, continue to step 3.
- Resume underperformance combined with abject denial of any problem. Maybe you’ve drawn inspiration from the thought that every crisis in life is temporary. Maybe you’ve realized you are a publicly funded monopoly without any real consequences for failure. Either way, keep your head high while you flail!
We can learn from any case study, whether it is a success or failure. Hopefully you’ll find a more effective stress management technique on your way to career fulfillment. Have any suggestions? Leave a comment.