Most people have work, job and career issues or concerns.
It may be that their job started out as a good fit, but then was transformed by new management, restructuring, downsizing, mergers, new technologies, the marketplace or other changes.
The changes in the organization, most likely, increased their workload or changed their role and responsibilities, making their job more difficult.
Often, the result is their job is no longer a good fit for them.
Some times the problem is their immediate supervisor changed, resulting in an unfavorable or contentious relationship with the new “boss.”
Other times, co-workers might be the problem, where there is favoritism or special treatment by a supervisor allowing a co-worker to not be as accountable for doing their job and their work becomes someone else’s work.
Of course, some employees can be difficult for you as a manager or supervisor.
The employee may have chronic difficulties showing up for work or have work performance problems.
There are also managers and employees, who seem to relish in creating drama or crisis when there is no need for it, making it more difficult to work together to get the work done.
Another problem related to work is work-life balance.
Most people have very little work-life balance in their lives, because their jobs are so demanding, in terms, of their roles and responsibilities, workload, expectations, relationships, travel, time and energy.
Work-life balance is really a myth, but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive for more balance by assessing our lifestyle to see where we can make more time to improve the quality of our personal lives, when possible.
Many people spend most of their time and energy in meeting the demands of their jobs leaving little, if any, time for themselves and their personal lives.
This usually becomes very apparent as people begin to approach retirement, not knowing what they will do when not working their job.
Sometimes, they need help exploring options and entertaining possibilities in creating a life beyond retirement.
Here are some areas I work with clients regarding work:
- Addressing work issues and concerns
- Resolving work conflicts
- Improving job performance
- Exploring job and career options
- Navigating job and career transitions
- Re-employment and job search issues
- Coping with organizational and management dilemmas
- Addressing entrepreneurial, self-employment, small business and family business issues
- Identifying and addressing retirement issues concerns
- Exploring and identifying life goals and priorities beyond retirement
My focus in working with clients who may be self-employed, or managers or employees in an organization is to help them assess what can be done about their issues and concerns, develop a plan and improve their coping and quality of life as it relates.
- Addressing student issues and concerns
- Improving academic performance
- Exploring education, job and career options
- Coping with Undergraduate, Graduate, Ph.D., research, medical school, medical residency issues, concerns and stressors.
- Coping with continued job or professional training and certification issues.
- Coping with partner, spouse, friend, and family issues.
- Coping with other personal events and crises.
I work with undergraduate, graduate students and PhD. candidates, as well as, medical residency program students and Post Docs.
As an undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. student, it is easy to never be done.
It’s a little like being self-employed.
There is always something that needs to be done or you could do to make things better.
As a result, many students have difficult drawing clear boundaries between their academic work and their personal life.
It can be easy to overwork and to neglect caring for themselves by resting, relaxing, as well as, engaging in recreation or social activities.
As a result, there can be difficulties, at times, avoiding academic work that needs to be done or waiting until the last moment, thereby increasing anxiety and lack of focus.
Sometimes, old strategies or study patterns aren’t working and people are feeling stuck and demoralized about not being able to be as successful as they normally have been.
Other times, students may have experienced an academic or personal setback they are having difficulty overcoming that is getting in the way of their progress.
Students may also be experiencing difficulties with partners, spouses, friends and family that are causing them stress and making it difficult for them to perform as well as they would like academically.