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Insecurity and Achievement in the Workplace

In my practice, over the years, I have noticed that may of my clients who are most successful in the workplace were parentified children who spend their lives trying to live up to impossible levels of perfectionism that leave them feeling perpetually insecure and overworked.

This article from The Harvard Business Review is the first I’ve seen explicitly addressing the way companies often take advantage of employee’s insecurities to help them achieve success.  Work-life balance suffers.

“…these individuals are immensely attractive to elite professional organizations because they are entirely self-motivating and self-disciplining.”

Corporate Stockholm Syndrome

corporate stockholm syndrome handcuffsCorporate Stockholm Syndrome

“A man’s work is one of the most important parts of his social identity, of his self, indeed of his fate, in the one life he has to live.” – Everett C. Hughes, Sociologist

In addition to work being a major source of self-esteem and self-identity, work is also the key to our material and physical safety.  Without work, we could not afford food, housing, or care for our families.  Because we rely on our jobs to fill such important needs, this can often make us vulnerable to what is increasingly being recognized as “Corporate Stockholm Syndrome.” Continue reading

Authenticity in the Workplace

Stand-OutIt probably comes as no surprise to most people that working in a job that allows for personal expression and authentic interaction makes for a much more satisfying work experience.  It can also create a real bond with fellow employees. Continue reading

When Work Lacks Meaning

A couple of colleagues recommended this Strike Magazine article to me. David Graeber, anthropology professor and author,  makes several good points, not the least of which is that there exists a situation where a large number of people in this country and in his own, the UK, (perhaps a majority of people) do not find their work meaningful. Continue reading

Workplace Bullying

Workplace Bullying

 

Bullying is just one of the causes of psychological trauma in the workplace- although one of the largest.  U.S. researchers have recognized the problem for some time but are only just starting to understand the bigger picture of work stress and trauma and its effect on people.  Continue reading