What will it take for us to stop hurting each other and ourselves in the workplace?
If you are a helping professional, you have likely experienced the toxic work environment – maybe, you’re in one right now. You know – high workload demands, lack of time and funding, too much paperwork, disgruntled colleagues, waiting lists, and hard to please supervisors. And we haven’t even touched on the often traumatizing and painful stories that you witness in your helping relationships – the heart of your work.
But, it isn’t all bad, is it? You might meet some of your best friends at work. In addition to working with people as they navigate life’s challenges, if you’re paying attention, you may also witness the indescribable strength of human resiliency. You are in a vocation that holds so many opportunities for expansion, growth, self-realization, and above all, the ability to be of service in the world. That is powerful stuff!
If you do find yourself feeling the stress and potential burnout that can run rampant in a toxic work environment, there are some things you can do to move out of survival mode and use the adversity to thrive right where you are.
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