I'll be honest: This has not been the best of times. I am behind with my corrections, handled unexpected administrative work, struggled to finish my research, and dealt with difficult meetings. Like everyone else, I am tired of this endless pandemic. Work overload, conflict, and insufficient emotional resources culminated in so much exhaustion that my brain just said: "stop."
I have two questions for you today.
The second question is critical. People are unlikely to speak up. They may tell themselves they should be grateful they have a job at all. They will continue working, semi-numb, and smile professionally during Zoom meetings. They will survive but won't thrive.
One of the first things I tell my students in any class is: "Do not suffer in silence." I want my students to let me know if they struggle, and if they need my help. My point: Your employees could be *suffering in silence.* What should you do about it?
I am looking forward to your comments, your honesty, and your ideas.
Dr. Cris Wildermuth
Dr. Cris Wildermuth is Linked:HR's Community Leader and an Associate Professor at Drake University, where she directs the Master of Science in Leadership Development. You may find out more about Dr. Wildermuth's leadership development, ethics, and intercultural development consulting practice at THIS PAGE.