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Coping with a chaotic workplace

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Q. I started a new job five months ago. It’s the first place I’ve worked where people routinely yell, scream and slam doors—it’s the corporate culture. I’m not used to this and I find it stressful. How can I cope?

A. If you otherwise love your job and you want to stick with it, then detach yourself from the craziness. When others fly off the handle, look the other way and continue with your work. Don’t let their antics distract you. Don’t pry into every conflict to find out why Bill or Mary is upset. During breaks, don’t listen to co-workers give blow-by-blow accounts of the latest skirmish. If you start to suffer emotional or physical problems, you may want to move to a saner workplace.

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