Be comfortable being uncomfortable

I see this slogan popping up in companies, some people even have it upon the wall in their workspace. I don’t believe it’s very healthy.

Sometimes it has been given to them by their managers as a way to work by. That’s even worse.

In endurance sports many people live by the “Be comfortable being uncomfortable” mindset. You cannot choose the circumstances on race day and you will be uncomfortable, so you better get used to uncomfortable situations during training. For those not into endurance sports, being uncomfortable, or even better, suffering, is part of the joy. As an ultrarunner myself, this way of thinking helps me to stay disciplined during training and resilient on race day. 

In your workplace suffering or being uncomfortable should not be part of your daily routine. Of course everybody has their “off day”, or some parts of your job are not all fun, but suffering is something else.

When I start to feel uncomfortable at work it usually means something is wrong. It’s a warning sign. Maybe there’s too much stress, or I’m not comfortable dealing with a person, I’m working too long, that kind of thing. When somethings wrong, you need to change.

I’m not sure why managers would want their colleagues to be uncomfortable. Nobody ever becomes more productive being uncomfortable and it sure as hell doesn’t help the working environment. You won’t win any “Great Place To Work” trophies.

I’m curious. Any other unhealthy slogan’s you’ve seen in your working environment? Let me know!

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