Be Psyched About Your Career, Life & Relationships

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We know to look for signs of employee burn-out, but who's looking out for the boss? We're seeing more and more companies taking steps to enhance employee health and well-being, but what about the boss?

Most of the time business owners and managers are so concerned with keeping their teams happy and healthy, that they neglect to see the warning signs in themselves.

Think about your boss (or yourself if that's the case). Most tend to wear up to five or six hats at once, and often we find that one includes the role of "Counsellor". While empathy is of course important in running a strong team, listening to and helping "fix" employees' personal struggles can take a toll financially and emotionally. For example, having one employee confide in you will not take much time or energy, but if this is occurring multiple times per week, or worse, per day, then sooner or later it can have a profound effect on your own productivity, and even your mental health.

 

Making your workplace work for you: The importance of positive company culture

While a good pay packet is an important determinant of job satisfaction, at the end of the day if you hate your job, there is a high chance you won’t stick around long!

Though it is common to have multiple jobs throughout your career, finding a company that not only encourages career progression, but provides you the support to do so, will make you more likely to want to stay (if the pay is fair of course). Conversely, business owners and managers want to create work environments that will foster loyalty within their company, and in turn decrease expensive staff turnover. Adopting, and maintaining a positive company culture will result in these inclusive and supportive workplaces, and therefore higher staff retention, and career satisfaction.

 

Enhancing your performance in life: The importance of communication

As humans we communicate information, intentional or otherwise, almost every second of the day. Why are some people so bad at it?! How do we fine tune ourselves?

Communication is the number one cause of relationship problems, both professional and personal. I’m willing to bet you’ve heard this many times before. Often, it’s not a lack of communication, but rather rushed or incomplete communication that causes unnecessary stress to our already hectic lives. For example, imagine your partner has signed you up to attend an event, only they’ve forgotten to tell you this until the night before. Miscommunications (e.g. through body language and verbally) may seem like little things, but when they’re allowed to repeatedly happen, they maintain unhelpful behaviours.

 

It's time to overhaul your New Year's resolution!

When January 1st rolls around we have the best intentions of making this year "the year I actually achieve my New Year's resolutions", only to beat ourselves up in February when we haven't...

How many times have you resolved to eat a little healthier, or get more sleep, but found yourself a week later saying “oh the diet starts next week,” or “I’ll just get this paragraph finished and I’m going to bed.” The thing is, even if you don’t take part in “New Year’s resolutions”, chances are there are behaviours or areas that you would like to improve or adapt in various life domains, not just health. This starts with realising that making a lasting change, while good and necessary, does not happen overnight. It begins with a critical reflection of what barriers have prevented it in the past, what ones may exist in the future, and how to set smarter goals for lasting improvement.

Give yourself the gift of saying "No" this silly season

The holiday season is meant to be a time for family, fun, and rest before launching into another hectic year...

For many of us though, the holiday season comes and goes in one giant blur that often leaves us feeling drained. One explanation for this (besides the North Queensland heat!) may be that we constantly feel the need to say “yes” to everything, when we really need to say “no” to certain things. While this definitely occurs at all times of the year, we find it especially hard to say no to things around Christmas, because it is a time of “giving”, but maybe we need to stop and think about “giving” ourselves a break! Between work parties, children’s end of year school and sport commitments, not to mention the lead up and clean up that surrounds holiday festivities, it is easy to see why we feel like we need a holiday after the holidays! So how do you say “no” without feeling guilty?