Note From Julie: Dealing with Personal Crises in the Workplace

Aug 31, 2018 | Communication, Procedures

It doesn’t matter what your job title is. Life happens to all of us. Whether it’s a personal illness or a sick family member, a death, someone having relationship issues, or an unexpected job change – these personal crises happen to people every day. When you spend more than a third of each day at work, these life moments are bound to impact you and your co-workers, too.

When you’re supporting someone going through a personal crisis, there are several ways you can help. Being a good listener ranks near the top of that list. You’ll pick up on details that can help you be proactive in adjusting your executive’s calendar and deadlines, and manage expectations for the rest of the team.

During these high-stress times, it’s likely your executive will be more willing to delegate tasks to others. Asking them if you can take something off their plate, or helping them identify who else may be able to do so can be very useful. Another set of eyes and ears can be invaluable to your executive when they’re trying to juggle a personal crisis and day-to day responsibilities at work.

This week, my feature article gives you some tips on how to support an executive or colleague going through a personal crisis – without overstepping your bounds. We’re also sharing several resources on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages.

No one can predict when a crisis will rock the office to its core. All we can do is take steps to prepare for the worst before it happens!

Supporting your administrative success,

Julie Perrine

P.S. Are you struggling to create order in the disorganized chaos of your workspace? You may benefit from creating effective systems to keep yourself, your team, and your workplace organized. On Wednesday, September 5, I’ll be presenting a webinar for Business Management Daily that can help! Click here to discover what you’ll learn in this valuable session.

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