Prior to returning to Northamptonshire UK in February 2017, I had the pleasure of being the guest speaker at a large annual Aged Care conference in the Gold Coast, Australia. The audience was around 200 people including owners of aged care facilities and their employees. In particular, I was delighted that the event organiser had asked me to speak on 'How to Be Your Own Best Friend at Work'. In my opinion, this was the perfect keynote speaker topic for an audience of carers, an audience that often spends more time taking care of other people's needs than their own.
Although I also speak regularly on the topic of employee empowerment and engagement, in my experience, those who work in any caring industry, such as aged care, education or health, often need a little more assistance in empowering themselves to take care of their own health and wellbeing at work. In fact, those who care for others, are more likely to end up burned out, exhausted and disempowered as they value their clients, more than they value themselves.
Although 'caring' may be a key objective at work, this objective should never be at an employee's personal expense and every employee has a responsibility to look after their own boundaries, wellbeing and happiness.
A few of the common issues experienced by such employees include the following:
1) Over responsibility to other people leading to people pleasing behaviours.
2) Difficulty in saying 'No' to other people and the existence of poor boundaries in place.
3) Resentment building inside due to over responsibility.
4) Failing to 'switch off' when they leave their place of employment.
5) Lack of self care or tuning into their own wellbeing at work.
The good news is that these issues can be easily resolved with some gentle coaching. While speaking on this topic, I also share my top 10 tips for the resolution of the above issues. All can be done easily with a positive impact on the both the employee, and the organisation.
Recently re-located to Northamptonshire, UK from Australia, Lisa Phillips is an award winning coach, speaker and facilitator. She is also the author of 'The Confidence Coach' book. To find out more about Lisa, please see www.howtoempoweryourstaff.co.uk or www.amazingcoaching.co.uk