Something is always going on!
Occupational changes, family growth, a sudden illness or other pleasant and critical life events often go hand in hand. They influence our well-being, put us under stress, reduce our efficiency to absolute exhaustion. In the job, however, our life events and their consequences are mostly hidden. We rarely talk about holding back because we think there’s no one to do. Because we believe we could endanger our job. Every now and then we get the advice from colleagues or talk to our supervisors about it. But ultimately we try to solve our problems ourselves. Why? In some, it is the ignorance, in the other it is the shame to accept external support. But to the end, what is the end of the day when we are completely exhausted from our work, with our heads quite somewhere else, and then also sneaking in mistakes that would never have occurred under other circumstances? Would it not be easier then to inform the employer about the current situation, raise awareness and ask for advice? I am of the opinion: Yes. Life events occur in all of us, even if they are, in the first place, pleasing. The birth of a child or the construction of a house, they can pose the greatest challenges to us. Today, there are many different models that we can use in many companies to reconcile work and private life. Flexible working hours, teleworking, part-time, parental leave, paternity leave or a sabbatical are an example and are only an excerpt from the support portfolio of many companies. However, with all the services companies offer us today, one thing should be clear even: Do not wait until someone speaks to you. Say what you need and what you want. Let yourself be well advised and define your individual solution. Is your plan logical, well thought-out and useful to both parties? Then there should be nothing in the way of your supervisor to say YES. What moves you? What are your experiences? I am looking forward to your feedback and comments. Love, Aylin