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Managing Your WFH Paranoia

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It can be hard to interpret body language, facial expressions, and the nuances of feedback from a distance. And spending time alone in your home office can render you stuck in your own head, replaying mental loops.

To stop irrational suspicion in its track you can: proactively set...

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What Is WFH Paranoia?

Paranoia is a state of fear in which a person misinterprets ambiguous situations, seeing negative meanings, and potential threats.

In other words, paranoia causes you to irrationally scrutinize yourself and the behavior of others. You become hypervigilant, on the lookout ...

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Make Expectations Explicit

To head off erroneous assumptions and misinterpretations, proactively set expectations with your manager, colleagues, and stakeholders around communication style, how decisions will be made, etc

  • make a list of working agreements that specify guidelines for positive collaboration (r...

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Beware Of Scope Creep

Paranoia can lead you to people-please and overextend yourself. You may find yourself overly involved in initiatives to maintain an illusion of control.

  • Audit your schedule! Look for meetings you can eliminate or cancel.
  • Consider delegating attendance to ...

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Depersonalize Others’ Actions

If you’re a sensitive striver, then your empathy levels are likely off the charts. That level of emotional depth can be both a gift and a burden.

On the one hand, you’re skilled at sensing others’ needs and probably have a strong pulse on morale. But on the flip side, you might take other...

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Compartmentalize Your Anxieties

Without proper boundaries, paranoia can bleed into your personal hours. In fact, four out of five workers currently find it hard to “shut off” in the evenings.

  • In your mind’s eye, put stressful situations from your day into an imaginary backpack that you shrug off and leave in the co...

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