Your Two Cents: How Often Do You Feel Nervous at Work?


A good friend recently admitted she gets nervous and clammy whenever her boss schedules a meeting with her, which is quite often. She's never been given a bad review or stern talking to, but there's something about being called into a one-on-one that makes her panic.

When I asked her why she couldn't explain her fears, except that, like most SavvySugar readers, the recession and layoffs at her company have left her particularly uneasy and chipped away at her confidence. Do you ever get shaking on the job or you stay steady and self-assured?

PinkNC PinkNC 4 years 43 weeks
I stay steady and self-assured. I don't get nervous that often over anything. Although I do feel a little bad when I walk into a meeting more than 5 minutes late.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 4 years 44 weeks
I get nervous every time the phone rings. People usually only call me with complaints.
cupcake_ cupcake_ 4 years 44 weeks
Daily :( My company is full of backstabbers and two faced people, it's always like waiting for the next bad thing to happen.
Spectra Spectra 4 years 44 weeks
I only feel nervous if I'm on the late shift and something happens where our couriers come very late. It usually means that everyone starts getting edgy and crabby and it forces us to have to hurry to analyze all the gram stains and get all the cultures set up. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, all of us turn into bitches on wheels for a while.
Frenched Frenched 4 years 44 weeks
I don't feel NERVOUS per se, more like tons of anxiety. I have daily meetings and I feel like, in this economy, if I mess up, I'm the next one to get a pink slip. Even if you're doing a good job you can't help but be in fear nowadays...
mek123 mek123 4 years 44 weeks
I only feel nervous at work when I have to give a presentation or get my review; neither which happen very often.
luna08 luna08 4 years 44 weeks
I'm in chemical equipment sales and marketing, and this question is really timely! I just hit a wall today where I feel like I'm going to cry because there is no relief from the pressure to make money...that isn't there...along with added work loads, a strong uptick in competition in my department, and a paycut going into its 6th month with no end in sight. When a major oil company tells you they need to get approval to buy a $150.00 part because "We don't have any money in our budget.", you just want to crawl under your desk and wait for the apocolypse! :P
4 years 44 weeks
I feel you Jelibeann. I have a boss that is forever looking for scapegoats, and unfortunately, I am often it. :( Hang in there--you're almost free!
jelibeann jelibeann 4 years 44 weeks
oh, god, probably at least 3 times a week...my boss has essentially caused me to lose my mind and live in constant fear...not about being laid off or anything...she is just crazy and you never know what each day will bring...thankfully, my husband and are are moving out of state soon, so i recently gave my notice and it's wonderful to finally see that it's possible not to feel like a nervous anxiety-ridden wreck every day