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Career Coaching

Posted August 27th, 2021

Career Coaching
Feeling stuck in your job?

Don’t have any sort of work/life balance?

Are you unable to progress or achieve a promotion?

Or do you have circumstances that are impacting on your career?  If this sounds like you, coaching may be able to help.

Career coaching can help you to understand and reach your career goals.  A coach is there to ask questions, give you guidance to help you overcome the challenges you’re facing in your job search.   It’s about working collaboratively with you to identify steps and aspirations.

A coach can help you to clarify the work you want to do. They do this by working with you to discover what drives you, so you can find work that is fulfilling and motivating.

What is Coaching:-

  • Reflecting on your current situation
  • Helping you identify your values, strengths, talents, and priorities
  • Discussing steps or actions to take forward
  • Exploring underlying reasons behind any decisions
  • Encouraging you to take ownership of your career

Employment difficulties can be one of the main causes of stress, poor health, and low mood. If you’re experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety at work it can lead to psychological and physiological symptoms such as headaches, insomnia and irritability.  Some may be struggling to achieve any sort of work-life balance.

Career coaching can help address these concerns and help get you back on track.

Filed Under: Career

Perfectionism and Me

Posted August 16th, 2021

Success coach

Do you strive to do better, yet often fall short?  Do you want to improve, yet frequently feel a failure? Do you pay close attention to detail and want to get things right, but often feel that you’re not good enough?

If this sounds familiar, perhaps you’re struggling with perfectionism?  Perfectionists are never happy with what they achieve.  After all, they can always do better and will often experience feelings of failure.  In part, this is because the goals set are often unrealistic and many times, impossible to reach.  Some characteristics of perfectionists are: –

  • Viewing mistakes as failures
  • Holding high, unrealistic goals
  • Spending excessive amounts of time planning or redoing work in an attempt to make it perfect
  • Being risk adverse unless “success” is guaranteed
  • Feedback or criticism is feared
  • Can find it difficult to adapt if plans do not go the way they anticipated.

Could It Be a Good Thing?

Of course, perfectionism can be seen as a strength, enabling some to produce high quality work.  This work is done with a laser like focus and attention to detail.   These can be valuable attributes.  Yet when the consequences of imperfection are small, or we need to deliver something that is “good enough”, then perfectionist tendencies can be unhelpful and even harmful.

So for many, having high standards and striving for excellence is a good thing.  In fact, these characteristics are encouraged in elite sports people, so they can train long and hard to reach excellence. But perfectionism for some involves setting impossible standards and judging that anything short of this standard is terrible.  Holding such high standards makes it easy to believe that minor imperfections are catastrophic.  Can you imagine going through life believing that you should never make a mistake?

Doing it Differently

Therefore, why not consider the standards you use, and how you judge yourself.  Would it help to relax these standards and ease the stress and anxiety of trying so hard to be perfect? Or does even the thought of relaxing your standards elicit fear and anxiety?

What Can Help?

Recognise Perfectionism – there is nothing wrong with having high standards, but if these standards are too high, they can get in the way of your work or career, relationships, and life.

Realistic Thinking – replace self-critical or perfectionistic thoughts with more realistic statements.  For example, “nobody is perfect”, “all I can do is my best”, “making a mistake is not catastrophic, its human”.

Looking at the Big Picture – perfectionists tend to get bogged down in details and worry a great deal about the small or little things.

Setting Realistic Standards – although I would like to be employee of the year, is that reasonable in my first year?

3 Ways Employee Burnout Can Impact Businesses

Posted October 15th, 2020

Burnout Dice
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the working landscape has changed drastically over the past year.

Currently, more employees are working from home than ever before, suddenly needing to find the balance between working as productively as possible and juggling the demands of the at-home way of life.

Striking this balance has been a lot easier said than done for certain employees though, leaving them overworked, overtired and – ultimately – burnt out as a result of always trying to catch up with themselves.

Having employees feeling like this is obviously not a good thing, significantly impacting businesses in a number of different ways.

From decreased productivity to increased staff turnover, join us as we run through three examples of why employee burnout can be so detrimental to businesses.

Decreased Quality & Quantity

In essence, research has found that the happier an employee is, the more productive they will work as a result. Therefore, if a member of staff is feeling especially stressed or burnt out, the likelihood is that their working efficiency will suffer both in terms of quality and quantity.

Similarly, staff burnout has been found to correlate with an increased number of mistakes in their work, which could lead to increased costs down the line.

Say, for instance, you have an employee working on a client report. If they make a key mistake in that report, the client may lose trust and decide to work elsewhere. This, in turn, will have a knock-on effect both in terms of finances as well as the employee’s confidence.

More Sick Days

If an employee doesn’t feel motivated to work, or engaged enough to complete the role required of them, they will end up taking more sick days off as a result.

This, in turn, could then have a substantial impact on the long-term productivity goals of a company. Plus, it could leave other staff members needing to carry out work they typically wouldn’t need to do, increasing the risk that they’ll become anxious, stressed or burnt out as well.

Huge Financial Impact

Experts estimate that that the cumulative cost for poor mental health management across UK companies ranges between £42bn and £45bn per year. Absence costs are also said to cost approximately £7bn while staff turnover is around £8.6bn.

These are huge numbers which demonstrate just how serious an impact taking mental health for granted can be.

Therefore, if you fail to address employee burnout at an early enough stage, you could not only be putting the wellbeing of your staff at increased risk but you could also be haemorrhaging money as well.

Here at KlearMinds, we understand how crippling staff burnout and anxiety can feel and we make it our aim to help people look for ways to move past it, to re-engage with their life and their work. If you would like our advice on this or a range of other mental health-related issues, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly, expert team today.

Filed Under: Career

8 tips on how to find Direction in Life and enjoy the journey

Posted July 25th, 2014

Find Life Purpose & Life Direction

If you would like to discover the path in life that will make you feel happiest and most fulfilled, following in the steps of those who’ve achieved this, is a sure recipe for success.

 

People who are both happy and successful, adopt certain habits and principles which form the bedrock for their achievements.

 

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