When I was going through a divorce about 10 years ago I totally shit the bed at work.
Sorry for the harshness, but there’s really no other way to state it.
But ’m no longer embarrassed or mad at myself. I now have a good understanding of how we (via our brains) cannot create a separation between work and home, particularly when emotions are running rampant.
It’s 100% impossible to shut down half of your brain…..no matter how good you may think you are at doing it. I’ll call your bluff every time.
**So here’s my question of the day***
How many people work on your team? How many of those people are experiencing something very challenging at home?
I bet you had to think about this one. Did you try to remember something someone said or guess who might be a little ‘unstable?”
You don’t have to think that hard.
The answer is EVERYONE.
Everyone is experiencing something very challenging at home and it is impacting their performance at work. This happens every single day.
So if it’s so ubiquitous, why should we care?
Because modern leadership requires us to consider our employees as whole people. We must support the entire person or they will burn out and leave, or worse…..burnout and stay.
Coaching is one of many excellent solutions to embracing holistic leadership and mental health at work.
A trained and certified coach can support employees on a wide variety of topics both personal and professional.
The goal of coaching is to identify the obstacles to success. Then we help the employee to identify what obstacles are real and actionable and what obstacles are based on thought errors.
Thought errors are irrational and extreme ways of thinking that can maintain mental and emotional issues. Anxiety, victimization, low mood, worry & anger management issues are often fueled by this type of thinking.
Thought errors are 100% controllable.
So let’s create a healthy work culture that allows for us to be 100% human and also wildly successful. We can hold space for everyone.