Healthy Work Environments

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Dealing with Change

One of the major issues which can affect people in the workplace is dealing with change. Individuals manage change as part of everyday living. Change at work becomes an issue when we believe that we have not been consulted about the change and that somehow it is being forced on us.

When this happens our response is to resist the change.

Dealing with Change

 

Assertiveness

For an organisation to be effective and efficient, it needs people who can address issues in an adult manner, dealing with them in the here and now using a problem solving approach. Without this approach, vast amounts of personal and organisational energy is consumed by interpersonal conflict. This energy can be better utilised in solving problems to enable the organisation become a value added organisation of excellence. Successful organisations therefore need to address interpersonal issues and create an environment where assertive behaviour, is the norm. This helps you to enjoy your work and the relationships you have with people in work.

Assertiveness

 

Profiling

MBTI is a profiling instrument that enables people to understand four of their preferences. Preferences are your preferred approach to the way you:

focus your attention
perceive things
make decisions
deal with the outer world

Understanding your preferences helps you to understand the way you behave and why and accept that others may behave differently as a response to the same situation.

Profiling

 

Creation of an Action Plan

This will help you to begin to reduce the symptoms of stress by taking immediate action. It will also give you a long term plan to maintain the reduction in stress symptoms.

  1. Read through your customised report
  2. At the end of each section of the report you will find bullet points headed ‘what to do’.
  3. On the following page below you will find an Action Plan template which you can use to plan how you are going to manage demands on you.
  4. On the Table List fill in the activities as you read about them
  5. When you have completed the list put them in order of importance by filling in the column headed ‘Priority’. Identify the action that you feel is the most important for you to start with and put ‘1’ next to that. Number all the rest of the activities in order of importance.
  6. Go to the table headed Action Plan
  7. Fill in the Activities in the Activity column of the Action Plan in order of priority. If there is not enough space on the table photocopy it or create one yourself on your computer.
  8. For each activity estimate how long it will take. You may be able to do more than one activity in each week in which case fill in the appropriate rows, or one task may take longer than a week.

Creation of an Action Plan

 

Mind Mapping

This is a way of sorting out information in a situation or from a brain storm with other people when you are looking for solutions.

It can also be a process of identifying all the different aspects of a topic or project.

It can also be a way of taking notes to summarise and learn about a subject.

For example if you want to make a decision about whether you should take the opportunity to transfer to another work site for promotion you can create a mind map that looks at all the options and at some of the issues you need to take into consideration such as travel to work.

 

Mind Mapping

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