Over the last decade, it has become increasingly common for people to find their jobs or careers stressful and unsatisfying. In part this is related to the current economic crisis which has, for the first time in recent history, left many white-collar and professional people jobless, often for extended periods. In addition, corporations that once could be counted of to take care of loyal employees now ‘force-reduce’ frequently and without regard to years of service. The life-long ‘company man/woman,’ is now an anachronism.
It is no wonder that in this atmosphere of fear and uncertainty workplace stress and work-related problems have grown, and with them the health problems associated with high stress: depression, anxiety, high blood pressure and coronary heart disease, gastrointestinal problems, and a host of others. If you find yourself dreading Monday mornings, worrying constantly about job or finances, feeling hopeless about your career, or experiencing increasing tension and irritability during the work day, your problems are probably work-related. At an extreme, you may experience so much difficulty getting along at work that your employer mandates counseling for you, or you may be unemployed for so long that you simply give up looking for a job.
Our knowledge of the hierarchies and power dynamics in the work place enables us to give you practical advice. We can help you navigate difficult work relationships such as demanding bosses or coworkers, and manage other work place stresses like overwhelming or unrealistic workloads. We know better than to tell you to share your feelings with your tyrannical boss, or ‘open up’ to your coworkers about personal problems. Our goal is to use our corporate and business experience to help you find pragmatic strategies for your problems, usually in 10 sessions or less.
If you have been mandated by your employer to seek counseling, we know how to help you solve your employment problem and protect your privacy and confidentiality at the same time. Some of the reasons an employer might mandate EAP counseling include: obtaining a positive result on a workplace drug screen test; excessive absences or other disciplinary issues; inability to get along with bosses or co-workers; accusations of verbal, physical, or sexual harassment. Again, because we have had so much EAP experience, we know the ins and outs of work-mandated treatment, so we can skillfully be your counselor and advocate while helping you satisfy the requirements of your employer. We know the legalities and limits of confidential information in these situations. We can diplomatically deal with any requests for information from your employer, while only confirming or denying that you have been attending treatment and following your treatment plan without providing any personal information about you to your employer.
Sometimes your ‘work-related problem’ is that you are stuck in a situation you can neither change nor leave: you have a job you hate but you have to stay in it, you may be doing all you can to look for work but still jobless. In these cases, our training in stress-management techniques can help you weather these bad periods with minimum negative consequences to your health or state of mind.