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No excuse for grown-up tantrums at work

Temper tantrums might seem liberating, but self-control is a better choice at work, says Jane Bates
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Temper tantrums might seem liberating, but self-control is a better choice at work, says Jane Bates

‘Wouldn’t it be liberating,’ we all agreed. ‘Just to let rip once in a while. Properly.’

We were referring to one of those grown-up temper tantrums, otherwise known as ‘grantrums’, when an adult who should know better behaves like a frustrated toddler and throws a full-on spectacular paddy.

Most of us who work in the NHS will have witnessed a colleague having a grantrum. It is usually at a time of maximum stress, in an operating theatre for example, when that person loses the plot and then shows no embarrassment or remorse afterwards.

If you are lucky, the equipment is the butt

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