Six safe and effective behavior management strategies for remaining calm and professional during challenging situations.
Be Mindful of Your Own Reaction.
A vital component of managing difficult behavior is knowing that your behavior affects the behavior of others. What you say or do in response to an individual’s behavior affects whether the behavior escalates or stops. When you’re aware of this factor, and when you’re equipped and empowered with other effective and respectful behavior management strategies, you’re better able to de-escalate difficult behavior and help individuals regain control and make positive choices.
Maintain Rational Detachment.
When you’re rationally detached, you maintain control by not taking negative comments or actions personally. Without this key ability, team members may react instinctively or defensively, which will only escalate a situation. Equipped with this skill, you’re better able to defuse challenging behavior and encourage positive behavior.
When people feel ignored, marginalized, or not cared for, they often act out. An effective way to counter a person’s anxiety is to validate her feelings. Pay attention to what she says. Give her plenty of personal space. Show her through your facial expressions and body language that you’re listening, and you can take away her reasons for being upset—and give her a reason to regain control.
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