FAQs on Professional Excellence & Therapy
Q. What is professional wellness?
A. Professional wellness is having a career that is interesting and enjoyable and adds meaning to the life of the person. It renders job satisfaction and contributes to overall happiness in the professional sphere.
Q. What are the signs of professional wellness?
A. Professional wellness includes the following:-
1) Finding an occupation of interest
2) Finding what motivates you
3) Understanding your work and learning style
4) Communicating and collaborating with others
5) Being able to work independently and with others
6) Learning how to balance personal and professional life
Q. What variables affect my professional life?
A. Certain variables affect your professional life more than others. These are-
1) Personality style
2) Ability to balance between personal and professional life
3) Ability to meet deadlines
4) Communication skills
5) Work environment
7) Work position
8) Job satisfaction
9) Work motivation
10) Leadership skills
Q. Does my personality have an effect on my professional wellness?
A. Absolutely. Your personality skills should match your job profile to enable a smooth professional life. For example, someone who is an introvert may not do well in a media-related job where socializing is an important aspect. Similarly, someone who is laidback may not do well in a field which gives you work based on deadlines. Choosing your work based on your personality is important for your professional well-being.
Q. What if my work area doesn’t match my personality style but I like my work and don’t want to change my job?
A. No worries. If your personality doesn’t match with your work area, you can work on your deficit skills to make them more in line with your job requirements. You may choose to do this on your own or acquire the help of a professional wellness expert.
Q. How to know if I am engaged in the process of professional wellness?
A. Answer the following questions-
o Do you enjoy going to work most days?
o Do you have a manageable workload?
o Do you feel that you can talk to your boss and co-workers when problems arise?
o Are you able to maintain balance between your personal and professional life?
If you answered no to any of the above questions, it indicates an area you need to improve on in order to engage in the process of professional wellness. Therapy & counseling will help you for sure!
Q. How to improve professional wellness?
o Be motivated and keep working on your skills related to your work.
o Find the benefits of your work.
o Get to know your colleagues and be friendly.
o Avoid overworking yourself.
o Enjoy what you do.
o Strike a balance between your personal and professional life.
o Keep a tab on your anger.
o Be open to ideas and feedback.
o Consult a professional wellness expert.
Q. How can a psychologist help in ensuring my professional wellness?
A. A psychologist can help in the following ways-
1) Assessing what area of professional wellness needs improvement
2) Finding a match between your personality and work area
3) Imparting skills training in deficit areas, for example, communication skills and problem solving skills
4) Imparting skills training in areas that need change, for example, anger management
5) Helping you balance personal and professional life
6) Stress management
7) Increase self-esteem and self-confidence
Q9. How can I effectively balance my emotions at work place?
A. Keeping a tab on your emotions at the workplace is very important for your professional well being as well the self-image you portray to your work superiors and colleagues. It includes anger management, not giving into frustration, stress management under intense deadlines and conflict resolution. These require specific skills that you can attain with the help of a Professional Wellness Expert.
Q. How can I strike a balance between my personal and professional life?
A. Striking a balance between your personal and professional life is important for your well being. In order to do that, you need to be prepared in advance. Keep a planner/ calendar where you jot down all your appointments. Also have a to-do list where you jot down tasks for the day and keep striking them as you finish them. Now that you are more organized, you need to enter personal time in your schedule. This includes time for reflection, hobbies, family, friends, spouse and time to rejuvenate. Make sure you keep atleast 10 hours per week for these activities. Also, avoid using your phone/ laptop for work once home.
Q. I can only manage sleep 4-5 hours a day. Will it have an impact of my mental health?
A. Absolutely. A healthy body and mind requires 6-8 hours of sleep depending on the individual. Any less than that will make you more prone to errors, you will be fatigued and less alert. To ensure proper sleep hours, follow sleep hygiene and time management. For a more detailed discussion, feel free to book an appointment here at epsyclinic.com.
Q. I keep on revising my work and I miss deadlines in the process. Am I procrastinator or a perfectionist?
A. Going by your description, you sound more like a perfectionist than a procrastinator. A procrastinator keeps on shifting work to a later day instead of working on it right away. A perfectionist, on the other hand, would finish work much in advance but keep on making changes until he/she is satisfied. To ensure you don’t miss deadlines, keep deadlines for yourself (before the actual deadline) – a deadline for a first draft, second draft and third draft after which you submit the work no matter what.
Q. Is micro-managing a management style of certain personality types?
A. Yes, it is. Micromanaging is usually done by people who are perfectionist, like to display control and are narcissistic. They like to exercise control, are never satisfied with the other’s work and want to have the final say. They come across as pushy or control freaks.
Micromanaging involves closely observing or controlling the work of another, most likely an employee. The micromanager monitors and assesses every little detail. This behavior comes in handy when helping a new employee who is learning the ropes or when an employee needs close supervision but may be stifling otherwise and adversely affect productivity, communication, trust and goal attainment.
As a boss, you can make use of the following alternatives instead of micromanaging-
1) Foster better communication with employees. State the problem and listen to their suggestions.
2) When an employee grows confident in a role, lessen the amount of supervision.
3) Track employee assignments by giving deadlines and evaluate their performance.
As an employee, in order to reduce the micromanagement, you can-
1) Do your job well. Meet deadlines and be productive.
2) Ask for feedback from your boss.
3) Communicate well. Keep him/her in the loop on what you’re working on.
4) Teach them delegation. Prompt them to give you clear directions and set check-in timings. Ask for suggestions.
Q. I need to smoke to think and work. Is that normal?
A. No, that’s not the norm. Not everyone needs to smoke in order to think. It’s merely a habit that you have caught on. Smoking is harmful and it’s better to get rid of it. You can work well without having to smoke. Try quitting yourself or invoke the help of a professional. We at Epsyclinic are here to help you.
We spend more than half our lives working. Our work has an effect on our emotions as well as our personal life. How we do at work determines the kind of day we are going to have at home. Work stress takes a toll on our physical and mental health.
Professional wellness ascertains that we are happy, have a productive professional life and a happy personal one.