How Misconstruing Discolors the Work Climate?


What does misconstruing really mean?

Misconstruing is the act of interpreting someone’s action or behavior wrongly. Misconstruing is a strong catalyst that has the power to soil relationships, soil one's reputation, dampen our conception of others, trigger violent behavior from our side, hurt your kith and kin, ruin your happiness, and so on. On the whole, the act of misconstruing has a negative impact on everything it lays its hands on. 

When Does the Act of Misconstruing Grab Our Collars? 

Say, for example, you have knowledge of someone’s dark past. Your approach toward the person would be grounded on the judgement you make of him from his past deeds. Maybe the person has changed for the better. But you stick to the older version of the person and misconstrue his genuineness. 

If you are unwilling to endorse the truth and stand coaxing, coaxing yourself to misread and mistake situations and individuals, it will turn the workplace to a battle place. 

Misconstruing: A Stain on Work Atmosphere

Misconstruing however on the workplace can have devastating effects -

  • It ruptures our peace of mind and affects all our work assignments. Misconstruing opens up the possibility of becoming too suspicious and you start to suspect every action of your colleagues. 
  • You hesitate to assign someone with any important duties as you fear that they might fail miserably in fulfilling it. In a way, you are blocking someone's chances of proving their credibility. 
  • If you cultivate a bad impression of others, you stop communicating with them. Lack of communication leads to internal conflicts. 
  • If you cannot decipher what others say and cannot clearly convey what you need to say, both the parties end in war. This is mainly because of the inability to communicate effectively. 
  • If you cannot distinguish truth from gossips, this leads to misconstruing others. You take all the gossips about others to be true and start developing a grudge for others. This cannot sustain the happiness of a work atmosphere.

Conquer Misconstruing 

Consider the painting of a daughter breastfeeding her father. The painting invited several negative comments and misinterpretations but the reality would have you drenched in tears. 

An old man named Simon was incarcerated. His daughter Pero pleaded with the government to visit him every day. She was not permitted to bring any eatables inside. She, in order to prolong the life of her loving father, breastfed him. She was caught feeding him later but her heart won the sympathy and admiration of the jailer and Simon was freed from imprisonment. 

1. You Cannot Always Believe Your Own Eyes 

Even if you witness something on your own, there might be things that cannot be captured through your eyes. We must try to perceive reality and prevent ourselves from getting into conflicts. 

2. Don’t Expect Too Much

You expect your colleagues to do one thing and then you do one thing. This causes complications. You misconstrue others' actions to advance in one way without exchanging a word with them. Just speaking out of your skin and establishing a healthy bond with them doesn’t open any doors for misconstruing.


3. Give No Ears for Gossip 

Gossiping and listening to gossips in no way help you to attain happiness. While you d decide to lend your ears for gossips, know that in your absence, you could be the subject for new gossip. 

4. Understand What Others Say

Try to decipher the intended meaning of others opinions. Don’t misread it and create chaos. If you do not understand the message in its entirety clarify it and put a full stop to all the suspicions. 


Misconstruing situations or people serves as a pest in the work climate. Wiping away all evil thoughts and manners is vital to the easy flowing of the endeavours and it is the employees who must ensure that. 

Not only for a happy work-life do you need to erase misconstruing but it is also your colleagues and friends who come to your aid when you are in a crisis. Hence, nurture a very tight and affectionate bond with them.

Written by - Maryam Salim

Edited by - Kashish Chadha

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