Workplace issues refers to the various challenges we can encounter in our jobs over the course of our career including: heavy workload, conflict with supervisor/ peers/ subordinates, harassment, risk of layoffs, shift work, long hours, nature of the work, lack of feedback or direction, and changes in organizational structure.
As we spend a large number of our waking hours at work, it is very important that we are happy there. It affects our ability to enjoy other areas of our lives. The workplace offers the potential for many rewards including finding purpose in our work, building relationships with others, opportunity for professional development, supporting our lifestyle financially, and it can contribute to our self-esteem. When work is not going well, we may experience a high level of stress, possibly burn-out which is indicated by long- term exhaustion and loss of interest in work, and even depression.
Are you often:
Working through your lunch hour
Bringing work home with you
Thinking you need to prove yourself
Thinking your work is very important and must be completed
Dreading Monday morning when it is only Friday night
Finding it difficult to get up and go to work
Feeling overwhelmed by your workload, possibly to the point of being ineffective
Feeling work is out-of-control with no relief in sight
Having difficulty reading and retaining information
Neglecting your health (healthy diet, physical exercise)
Neglecting personal relationships
Crying at work or about work
Feeling intimidated, insecure or unappreciated at work
Losing interest in your work
One of the best strategies to help you cope with a workplace issue, or any issue for that matter, is to ensure that you are taking good care of yourself (eat well, sufficient sleep, fresh air & exercise). This includes taking time for lunch and limiting your work hours. Maintaining a healthy balance of work, home & play will also help you keep things in perspective. Work is only one part of your life. Depending on the particular challenge you are facing, you may want to discuss your concerns with your supervisor (assertiveness skills), or consult a third party (counsellor, human resources).
For more information or to book a counselling session, contact Heather Sutherland.