Professionals Are Often Reluctant to Seek Help
After decades of schooling and intense (and sometimes brutal) training, most professionals are programmed with a survivalist mentality, committed to the mission or the work above all else. The past several years of social and cultural upheaval have only compounded these tendencies. At this moment in time, burnout, toxic stress, and harm is nearly ubiquitous.
Regardless of the source the toxic stress has both bled into or even been caused and amplified by the workplace.
Because we have been there ourselves, we can recognize and address the root cause and ongoing impacts of toxic stress. We can notice when it leads to trauma, and provide meaningful and sustainable pathways to disrupt the cycle, mitigate past harm, and rebuild workplace cultures.
Trauma-Responsive Methods Yield Sustainable Results
Although trauma-informed principles have been taught and successfully implemented in leading-edge institutions for nearly two decades, the locus of that teaching has been external-facing. What happens now that those in need of this awareness are, in fact, the professionals who staff these very institutions? Absent a trauma-sensitive lens and tools that expand leadership skills, the impact on professionals within our organizations is costly and profound.
Lodestar Faculty facilitate, train, and coach in a manner which includes the best of traditional methods overlayed with a rich, nuanced approach designed specifically to meet the unique challenges of this moment in history.
How Do Exhaustion and Trauma Manifest?
For the Individual:
- Omnipresent mental exhaustion
- Generalized anxiety
- Brittleness and impatience
- Acute stress
- Inability to "turn off"
- Disengagement from clients and patients
- Work avoidance
- Apathy and career dissatisfaction
For the organization:
- High and rising levels of attrition
- Unexpected early retirements
- Distrust among employees
- Noticeable apathy and detachment
- Increased workplace incivility
- Decreased productivity
- Decreased worker engagement, especially amongst previously high-performing staff
- Work avoidance
- Career dissatisfaction