My father was an administrator and I grew up with a love and understanding of work-related processes. Since that time, I have continued to explore the workings of organisations at an individual behavioural level, as well as looking at corporate culture and policies, and how they impact workplace interactions.
Training as a psychiatrist with a deep interest in human behaviour gave me an opportunity to marry this pursuit with my study of workplace and organisational behaviour. The key phrase is ‘Burnout’. My work is focussed on helping individual staff members and executives achieve greater worklife balance avoid the burnout phenomenon. When stress is reduced for individuals, the organisation sees greater productivity and profitability.
My approach is to work with middle level management, conducting workshops regarding work-life balance. These workshops are designed to be a starting point for individuals and organisations to begin working on improved ways of dealing with their work- and workplace-related stress.
Individuals as well as managers, receive a greater benefit when they ask themselves ‘Why?’ (In a Simon Sinek sense) rather than ‘What?’ or ‘How?’. This deeper understanding of individual motivation allows organisations to reduce stress in the workplace, promote greater and harmony and build a safe culture that promotes adaptive and confident teams.
Furthermore, it’s important to realise that at any level of management we are dealing with a thing called ‘Ego’. Oftentimes a bruised ego yields disastrous consequences. Mark Goulston the author or ‘Just Listen’, exemplifies the need to understand the other’s point of view and how empathy can lead to better business. This approach not only leads to better relationships but also provides important lessons for resolving conflicts that can arise between staff and management, amongst team members, and during customer/salesperson interactions.
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