Strategies on thinking of what to say before I say it...
So often as of late, my mouth seems to either get me in trouble or make people angry with me..
The older I get, the more reactive I’m becoming about almost anything. I don’t particularly like that about myself sometimes…
I’m an exec assistant who was asked to order lunch for an internal meeting on the other side of the office..towards the end of the day, one of the other admins said she was told that the conf room wasn’t cleaned up. My reaction/response was, “I’m not the cleaning lady.” I was a little nasty about it, but that’s how I felt right at that moment. I could tell she didn’t care for my response because I later saw the office manager with the box of extra sandwiches from the conf room in her hands. She walked passed my desk while I was on the phone. Knowing her, I’m sure she was not pleased.
I do feel bad about seeming like I’m not a team player or looking snobby, but at the same time, I don’t feel like I should have to clean up after anyone. I can still feel my blood boil even thinking about it.
I mean.. How should I have responded? I don’t know of any other way of saying I don’t feel that I should have to clean up after anyone.
I have a feeling the news has spread about my attitude/response in the office and I want to know if there is a better way to handle what might come up again tomorrow when I’m back in the office.
I don’t want to say something I’ll regret but I do want to stand firm on how I feel. I tend to curse when I can’t seem to express what I really want to say.
I’d like to remain calm and be professional but my emotions can sometimes get the best of me..
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