It’s Good to Talk!

It’s been a quiet month for me on the blog front, but I am back and reflecting on the fact it has not been a quiet month for bad news.

With terror attacks in London and Manchester and the Grenfell Tower fire, there will be many people affected by these events and it may not always be the people you expect. The recent attacks for me bring back the memories of 7/7, the helplessness I felt as I received the call to say my sister had been on that train.  We were one of the lucky ones compared to many others, we heard from her quickly to say she was safe.  The impact of that however will never leave, there are now increasing families who have had experiences like ours and of course many with far worse experiences.

It’s not just the big events, our lives are impacted by all sorts of events, family breakdowns, deaths, serious illness, moving house to name just a few. As individual’s we all respond differently to these situations, we may even respond differently to these situations at different times in our lives.

I still occasionally hear employers and managers saying that employees should leave their personal life at the door when they come into work. The reality is very different, in the words of Rag’n’Bone Man – we’re only human, after all.

Whilst I know there are many days I’m quite happy to get my head into work and forget about the pile of ironing waiting for me at home. There are other days when my child’s poorly, or I’ve been dealing with house moves or bereavement, leaving it at the door isn’t easy and at times just impossible.  There are times when those stresses step up and start to impact our work, these are the times when providing support for employees can go a long way.

Support to employees through schemes like Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), where they have access to someone to talk to on the phone and in some cases face to face counseling can repay their investment. If employees can talk about those things impacting their life, they are less likely to call in sick and more likely to be able to maintain performance.  There are many occasions where just talking through an issue can be hugely beneficial, the old saying ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ certainly has value.

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