Thursday, February 5, 2015

How Does a Highly Sensitive Person Survive the Hell of the American Workplace?

Ever notice how these afflictions are afflictions of affluent privileged white people with advanced degrees and an overly developed sense of their own specialness.

Perhaps this illness is the result of their overly protected childhoods.  I really don't much give a fuck.
Working class and poverty class people of all races aren't coddled for their imaginary illnesses.  Bosses don't treat us like we are special.  Our relaxation therapy is a beer after a day of physically punishing work.  A joint if we dare risking a surprise drug test.

All I have to say to the highly sensitive special people is:  Bite me!  Cowboy up or cowgirl up as the case may be and do your fucking job or get a job you can do.

Working people are tired of pandering to your specialness.

 I have a program for these folks.  I think a couple of years doing farm labor, factory assembly line work or fighting forest fires would be wonderfully therapeutic.  Or perhaps a couple of years in the Infantry including some front line service and boot camp.

From Alternet:  http://www.alternet.org/labor/how-does-highly-sensitive-person-survive-hell-american-workplace

HSPs of the world, unite!

By Lynn Stuart ParramoreFebruary 3, 2015
 
For those who are new to the term, "highly sensitive person," it was coined by psychologist and personality researcher Elaine Aron to describe a trait found in up to 20 percent of the population. People in this group react distinctly to their environments, both inner and outer. They tend to have a heightened awareness of emotions and respond more intensely to loud noises and other sensory stimuli. They also exhibit distinct patterns in the way they think and work. They are especially imaginative and have a tendency toward what Aron calls “deep processing” of information. HSPs tend to be conscientious, loyal, good at catching mistakes, and committed to high performance. (Take the online test to find out if you are an HSP.)

The good news is that HSPs are extremely valuable workers, contributing their intuition, wise counsel, conscientiousness, and creativity across a broad range of industries and professions. The bad new is that today’s typical office setup is completely at odds with their working and thinking styles. HSPs typically need quiet and calm, and do their best work when they can plunge into a task without interruption. They tend to be uncomfortable being watched and don’t like being drawn into office politics. They need downtime and they can become especially distracted if they are physically uncomfortable at work.

Unfortunately, in today's work environment, employees are expected to tolerate noise, be good at multi-tasking, enjoy meetings, excel in networking, tolerate long hours under florescent lights, and thrive working in teams that sit face to face much of the day. The International Management Facility Association estimates that 70 percent of American employees work in open-plan environments — what used to be called “bullpens.” These layouts are designed to maximize space, minimize cost and reduce or even eliminate private spaces or offices. Basically, it’s goodbye doors and walls. Hello cubicle and group workstation.

Research shows that open-plan offices carry a number of risks that cost both employers and employees, including more bickering and conflict, high blood pressure, stress, plummeting productivity, and high turnover. The noise alone is a huge challenge: As a Cornell University study has pointed out, noise is the number one complaint of office workers, and numerous researchers have shown that the sound levels in open-plan offices can reduce productivity by as much as 66 percent.
It doesn’t take much. Even a conversation at normal decibels is enough to short-circuit the attention. Many workers in open-plan offices feel surveilled, unsatisfied, unable to concentrate, and constantly distracted.

Undoubtedly there are some people who thrive and feel energized by open floorplans — lucky them! But many people find them difficult, and for HSPs, they are close to intolerable. The noise problem alone, which Aron calls the “bane of the HSP’s existence,” is often enough to seriously impact their performance. The stress of these office spaces, which combined with long hours and the need to be “on” and available outside of work hours, can create a state of constant overstimulation, as if their bodies and minds are set on a single fight-or-flight channel.

Continue reading at:  http://www.alternet.org/labor/how-does-highly-sensitive-person-survive-hell-american-workplace

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