Lessons We Learnt from Netflix’s Emily in Paris: Managing Stress at Work

Updated: Jan 15


Lessons We Learnt from Netflix’s Emily in Paris: Managing Stress at Work

Dealing with stress at work can be hard. A few shows have captured the experience of being a young person in a stressful and toxic workplace. Here's our take on Netflix's Emily in Paris and lessons we took away on managing workplace stress.


TD;LR: Emily in Paris


Netflix released the second season of it’s wildly popular show ‘Emily in Paris’. It follows the story of Emily Cooper, a marketing executive from Chicago dispatched to Paris to work with Savoir, a famous marketing business.


She is entrusted with revamping Savior's social media strategy and bringing an American perspective to the table. Her newfound trip is full of experiences and obstacles as she attempts to fit in, meet new people, adjust to cultural differences, and navigate new loves.


As she begins her new life in Paris, Emily faces a number of obstacles during her stay and is confronted with cultural differences in the French workplace.


Her colleagues are hostile and resentful of her, especially Sylvie, her new boss.


Since it’s debut, the show has garnered a few negative reviews, polarising its viewers regarding the portrayal of France and French culture. However, there are a few lessons we can learn from Emily in Paris on life management and dealing with stress in the workplace.


What causes Stress at Work?


There are many reasons why we might feel stressed at work. Understanding how to recognise the indications of stress and taking the necessary actions will help you prevent and decrease stress. [1]


When you are anxious at work, your productivity and efficiency suffer, which can exacerbate your stress. Stress may have a variety of negative effects on your health and well-being. [2]


*You may also wish to read The Science of Stress: 5 Ways To Reduce Your Allostatic Load


The following are common reasons to feel stressed at work:

  • Lack of support ( from your colleagues and superiors)

  • Adapting to change

  • Lack of communication

  • High workload

  • The pressure to do well

How to deal with Stress at Work?


Learning strategies to manage fear and anxiety on the job may benefit everyone.


If you are struggling to cope with work stress, here are some stress management strategies you might try.


Dealing with your boss


Don't fret if your employer does not appear to like you. Instead of focusing on earning approval from your superiors, concentrate on doing a good job. [3]


Emily's employer Sylvie had made it clear from the start that Emily would never be successful, but Emily's can-do attitude has not only gained Savoir new clients, but also a well-respected position in her team.


Make a Mistake and Learn from it


It is acceptable to make errors. Emily has made a few mistakes, but she always finds a way to improve because of her cheerful and positive attitude.


Emily may have ruined her new coworkers' first image of her, but she more than made up for it by demonstrating that she just wanted what was best for the organisation.


She was continuously coming up with new ideas to propose, and she never stopped pursuing new clients to help Savior's business grow, until her colleagues had no option but to welcome her as an integral component of their team.


Be Proactive


Emily took the initiative to express her dissatisfaction with a perfume advertisement that she found to be sexist. Despite her initial reservations and reservations, she opted to express her actual feelings about the campaign when asked what she thought of it.


It is not easy to express oneself at work. Standing up for what you believe in might often mean standing up to the entire world (in this case, against your colleagues).[4]


It won't always be simple, but as long as you can justify and convey your arguments effectively, you shouldn't allow yourself to be drowned out by the spiral of silence. [5]


Although the prospect of voicing opinions to others in a professional setting can be unsettling, people value employees who are proactive and know how to express themselves. [6]


Step Outside your Comfort Zone


Emily had a perfectly comfortable life back in Chicago. A plush job, a pleasant boss, and a stable relationship. However, when the opportunity to travel to France, as a representative, arised, Emily took up the chance without hesitation.


Sometimes in life, we have to pick between something simple and comfortable and something that will put our talents and perseverance to the test. [7]


We may start engaging in negative self talk and believe that we are under-qualified or unskilled. However, Emily in Paris reminds us that the best things happen when you dare to venture outside of your comfort zone and pursue ideas that are so enormous that they scare you.

 

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References


1. American Psychological Association. (2014). Coping With Stress At Work. https://www.apa.org/topics/healthy-workplaces/work-stress.


2. Michie, S. (n.d.). CAUSES AND MANAGEMENT OF STRESS AT WORK. Occupational & Environmental Medicine. https://oem.bmj.com/content/59/1/67.


3. Bhui, K. (2016, December 1). Perceptions Of Work Stress Causes And Effective Interventions In Employees Working In Public, Private And Non-governmental Organisations: a Qualitative Study. PubMed Central (PMC). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5353523/.


4. Baker, D. . (1985). THE STUDY OF STRESS AT WORK. https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/pdf/10.1146/annurev.pu.06.050185.002055.


5. Glazer, S. (2017). Work, Stress, Coping, And Stress Management. https://oxfordre.com/psychology/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190236557.001.0001/acrefore-9780190236557-e-30.


6. Pazzanese, C. (2016, July 12). The High Price Of Workplace Stress. Harvard Gazette. https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2016/07/the-high-price-of-workplace-stress/.


7. Lipman, V. (2019, January 9). Workplace Trend: Stress Is On The Rise. Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/victorlipman/2019/01/09/workplace-trend-stress-is-on-the-rise/?sh=b754da86e1b5.