Category Archives: Change and disruption

Beyond COVID – emerging into a new future

Emerging into a changed future is the subject of so much social media. How to gain the strength to emerge is a challenge for most of us.

Every day we gently help people take one iterative step after another, to use their existing strengths and capabilities to do just that.

We’re here for those who need us. http://managersassistance.com.au/contact-form-7-id53-titlecontact-form-1contact/

Supporting each other during COVID 19

We hope you’re well and safe. In times like these, it’s important for to stay connected and continue learning from and supporting each other.

Here is a link to some good ‘talking point’ information to assist with that support:

https://www.hrmonline.com.au/employee-wellbeing/how-help-employee-colleague-coronavirus/

And we’re always here if you want further support:

http://managersassistance.com.au/contact-form-7-id53-titlecontact-form-1contact/

Securing your security

In changing times all of us are likely to think of how we are going to secure our career and financial security. We may even be quite concerned about changing state, federal and global economic forecasts and whether we’ll keep our current job, or frighteningly be cast upon ‘the seas of uncertainty’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are concerned, here are three strategies that you can do now. These strategies have provided many of our clients with  a ‘lifeboat’, and some ‘oars’ to row you to safer waters.

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Save yourself from becoming adrift

As the pace and frequency of change accelerates, doing what’s important in our role becomes increasingly challenging. Yet, it’s still likely we will be held to account.

And if we are found wanting, we are likely to face the spectre of ‘being set adrift’ in very uncertain times.

In the Western Australian State Government at the moment most people have been, or are being impacted, by offers of the VTSS (Voluntary targeted separation scheme initiative).

Anticipating and enacting such a change typically brings increased workload, on top of existing priorities. If your personal life had been taking a backseat before the work of the change started, the run towards the end of the financial year may be weighing pretty heavily on you now. At times of peak work demands there are a few tips we can offer to keep yourself as well and functional as possible. Continue reading

A sense of loss

Western Australians have been experiencing a long term sense of loss; loss of GST  dollars, loss of the mining boom and loss of employment stability. The release of the report into major projects by John Langoulant, former Under Treasurer, is said by the ABC to provide ‘a scathing assessment of the former Liberal-National government’s management of the state in leading WA to a string of large deficits and a debt bill north of $30 billion.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-20/langoulant-inquiry-into-wa-finances-slams-barnett-government/9465312

The report recommends re-building of the WA Public Sector.

As EAP and Management Assistance providers to the WA State Government we have been seeing and supporting individuals affected by this context.

The solutions individually and organisationally can be expressed deceptively simply, but conversations with senior WA Public Sector staff indicate they are incredibly difficult to put into practice.

The solutions to GET better that we recommend can be put as:

Get sleep – stop working unrealistic hours – the effect is serious – as seen in the West Australian newspaper today; a school principal  working chronically long hours has tragically passed away, literally at her desk.

Eat well – many of you may be hearing about the ‘Gut’ and the effect of our microboime on our mood. Once our gut is affected it can then dampen our mood in a self perpetuating cycle of poor physical and mental health.

Think clearly – this ‘think clearly’ solution is influenced heavily by our sleep and our diet.

These 3 GET solutions are interdependent. If your thinking is compromised by long exposure to stress and its effect of shrinking parts of your brain, and building up of brain detritus, you may need  assistance to think rationally and break this vicious cycle.

Coupled with this long term stress we also see many people carrying a sense of loss. Page 78 of the Langoulant report gives this context: ‘the notion that the public sector has a culture in which all officers are working for the betterment of the state [and putting into practice their AEDM training] appears to have diminished in recent years to the point that such a proposition, when put, is met by some with cynicism and others with mirth. It follows that the level of trust between government and the Public Sector needs to be rebuilt and the workforce’s skill levels need rebuilding.’

In EAP service provision we are seeing a plethora of clients for whom this loss of trust and skill is combined with of long hours, that over time impact and interfere with clear thinking. Further conflict, and bullying allegations are being levelled at change managers who are doing their best to implement fiscal requirements, but struggling themselves.

The sense of loss, loss of status, loss of control typically elicits a full range of debilitating loss emotions. In our consulting rooms we are skilled at assisting managers and staff to deal with these loss emotions and to smooth the waters to  rational, energetic thought again.

Contact us confidentially:

http://managersassistance.com.au/contact-form-7-id53-titlecontact-form-1contact/

 

Welcome to the new year!

Welcome to the new year! 2018 – the 2000’s appear to have come of age.

Globally uncertainty is still an issue but here in Western Australia there are ‘green shoots’ of an economic recovery. The WA State Government is continuing is endeavour to bring the State’s budget back  into the black and this means restructure in State Government agencies, enterprises and other State owned entities.

If you’re a manager in one of these organisations, and your role continues, you are likely to be faced with unprecedented challenges. Managers Assistance through its parent company Oars Across the Waters is here to help managers in troubled waters. We are only a phone call or email away.

We can assist you with:

  • Planning and managing difficult conversations
  • Career advice and job application support for you and your staff
  • Outplacement services
  • Re-building services
  • Assisting you, if as a change agent you are unfortunate enough, to later be accused of being a bully

Contact us anytime:

http://oarsacrossthewaters.com/index.php/confidential-contact/

or

http://managersassistance.com.au/contact-form-7-id53-titlecontact-form-1contact/

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Adjustment to change – is adjustment enough?

In this age of disruption, there are still some things we think will stay the same; government and its institutions as an example. But we are seeing unprecedented change in the Western Australian State Government. There once were 41 heads of agencies, but as of 1 July  there are only 25, with the press reporting many related departures.

In times of change we all naturally talk with colleagues, family and friends. But for some people, and for many of us, unprecedented change brings fears that are hard to dispel. Staff and clients of these agencies may struggle with personal, financial security and professional career path concerns. We’re expecting that the press coverage concerning this unprecedented change  is likely to trigger many fears.

At times like these our counsellors provide adjustment to change counselling; helping clients, not just to cope, but to find new and helpful ways through troubled waters.

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