Possible outcomes for Jane
Jane works full time as a training and development manager for a team of 20. She ensures a high standard of training is planned, delivered and evaluated, keeping up-to-date with latest innovations and teaching materials. Jane enjoys her job feeling that she is helping staff do their jobs to the best of their abilities. She had been struggling with her motivation in recent months but always made it to work on time with limited impact on her performance.
However in the last month Jane has felt a bit swamped at work feeling like she is just about keeping on top of things with no time to research latest development opportunities which is what she loves most about her job. She has also been struggling with getting to sleep at night with a feeling of unease. After a month of feeling like this, and getting a little disillusioned with her role, Jane decided she needed to look after herself so that she can get back on track and called in sick. She spent that week resting up at home, watching TV and reading books although could not shake the feeling that she should be at work and wondering about the work building up on her desk.
Jane went back to work the next week feeling reluctant and under pressure with all the tasks which came in over the previous week. To cope she relied on other colleagues to pick up some of the work as she felt unable to juggle multiple tasks. She was also taking longer to complete tasks as her focus and concentration was suffering.
Jane knew she was not performing at her best and felt unhappy as she has always prided herself as a hard worker. This made Jane feel inadequate and compounded her feelings of stress and unhappiness and found herself looking around for other jobs.
Over the last month Jane had felt a bit swamped at work feeling like she is just about keeping on top of things with no time to research latest development opportunities which is what she loves most about her job. She has also been struggling with getting to sleep at night with a feeling of unease.
Jane had her scheduled 1:1 with the office Occupational Therapist and shared how she was feeling in a secure and confidential environment. Jane was able to freely acknowledge she was feeling a little stressed and the OT provided some education around stress including positive and negatives of stress, causes of negative stress, the body’s physical and mental responses to stress and ways to reduce stress. It was highlighted to Jane that stress is part of everyday life but becomes an issue when it starts to negatively impact on her work and home activities. Jane then stated she had not been having time to do the part of her job she loved the most and had been struggling with getting to sleep at night.
The OT used basic Cognitive Behavioural Techniques to explore what specifically makes Jane feel stressed, how she personally responds to stress and what personal technique help her feel less stressed.
Jane left the session with a plan of:
- Ways to manage and reduce stress.
- Give herself a list of things to do that day and only do those things.
- Once a week this list had to include researching latest development opportunities which she really enjoys doing.
- Ensuring she took a lunch break away from her desk.
- Reflecting on all the things she has completed at the end of the week and treating herself for work well done. This included a range of things such as getting a manicure, massage, having a long bath and going to the cinema which Jane reported she loves but had not done for a long time.
- Attend the OTs relaxation session once a month and more frequently when time allowed.
2. Ways to implement good sleep hygiene
Jane was able to better manage her stress with the knowledge of how stress personally affects her and ways that help her feel less stressed. Jane made sure she made time for looking up latest development opportunities which ensured she was able to maintain the motivation for her work and prevented her from getting disillusioned. With less stress and some sleep hygiene principles Jane found it easier to get to sleep at night.
- Reduced Jane's absence
- Maintained her productivity
- Reduced reliance on other colleagues, maintaining their productivity.
- More likely to stay in her job reducing recruitment costs.