Workplace Trauma - April 23, 2024

Plus: Navigating depression at work, a work-life balance planner & more.

There, there... 🤕 It will be fine! If work has been exhausting you — or, worse, traumatizing you — take a second to breathe and then scroll on down for some valuable advice.

In today’s edition:

Notice how you’re feeling. 🔍 We mean really notice: is there tension or heaviness anywhere in the body? Paying attention to such cues is vital in gauging the effect your work environment has on you.



3 career trauma signs to look out for 🤕

Career trauma, which is also referred to as workplace trauma and workplace PTSD, is an intense emotional response to a negative experience in the workplace.

It can, however, also be experienced due to “smaller” repeated events (such as catching your coworkers gossiping about you) rather than one big, terrible occurrence, such as your manager attacking and shaming you in front of your colleagues.

In this video, Tim Whitehead (aka thecareergodfather on TikTok) lists some common signs that a person may be struggling with workplace trauma. ❤️‍🩹 If you think you might be experiencing this, familiarizing yourself with the signs can be the first step towards recovery!

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Let’s talk about workplace trauma…

Workplace trauma, also known as workplace PTSD, doesn’t just happen to police officers, soldiers and doctors. It exists in every occupation. 😱

It refers to the inability to cope with negative events or situations in the workplace, like:

  • A toxic work environment

  • Verbal or physical abuse

  • Sexual harassment

  • Job insecurity

  • Witnessing a coworker’s injury or death

And while emotional resilience can be immensely helpful in dealing with workplace trauma, it’s often not enough. It can be difficult to navigate — and left unchecked, it can lead to anxiety, depression, burnout, absenteeism, conflict and faltering work performance. ⬇️

So, what can you do?

  • First things first, seek professional help. A licensed mental health professional can provide the support and guidance you need.

  • Talk about your experiences to friends, relatives and coworkers. Don’t isolate yourself.

  • Practice self-care. Eat well, exercise, and engage in calming activities and hobbies that you enjoy.

  • Slow down. Don’t rush into making major life or career changes, as this can amplify your trauma.

  • Be kind to yourself. Coping with workplace trauma is a process, and it’s okay to have moments of struggle. 😊



The balancing act of work and life ⚖️

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A strong company culture isn’t the only thing that impacts your job satisfaction — a healthy work–life balance can also do wonders. Which is why we’re giving you our downloadable Work–Life Balance Planner — to help you find your happiness in and out of the workplace.

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Surviving the Toxic Workplace by Linnda Durré

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