Strategies for Building Mental Resilience at Work and Home Amid the Great Resignation – St George News


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CONTRIBUTED CONTENT – The next time you leave home, there’s a good chance you’ll see at least a few “help wanted” signs in all types of businesses. Many companies struggle to find employees or even candidates for vacant positions, and the workforce shortage is putting additional stress on workers and managers around the world.

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True to its mission of providing comprehensive and coordinated mental health services to individuals and families across the state, the team at Utah Behavior Services breaks down the factors behind the Great Resignation and suggests strategies for building resilience.

Why are employees leaving?

Lots of people quit their jobs because of burnout. Nicole K. Stevens, BCBA, LMFT, LBA, regional manager for Utah Behavior Services, said employees can only work very long hours while being understaffed and working overtime to make up for shortages. However, some workers change jobs or industries purely for financial reasons, as employers continue to raise wages to stay competitive, while others choose companies that offer more flexibility and perks like freedom to operate. work from home.

Before the pandemic, workers looking for jobs were generally unsure whether they would get an interview after they applied or how many people the company would hire. Now the roles have turned and more power is in the hands of future employees. Workers can choose just about any company they would like to work for and are likely to find opportunities.

“Employees have a choice of where they want to work right now,” Stevens said. “As employers, we have to be very aware of the needs of our teams and make sure we meet them. Otherwise, they will go elsewhere.

Identify your “why”

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Between losing coworkers and having to take over until new people are hired and trained, employees who choose to stay in their current jobs face a lot. If you’re feeling disheartened and demotivated at work, Stevens said it’s crucial to rediscover your “why.” What do you like about your job? How does it bring you fulfillment?

Determine why you get up each day and keep trying. Without this sense of purpose, you won’t be so resilient. Remember, some work days will be harder than others, but you have a reason to hang in there. Don’t give up hope for the future.

“When you lose hope, there aren’t a lot of places to go,” Stevens said. “Go back to the past when you’ve already been tried and tested and how you came out on the other side. Examining these areas of past success can be huge. ”

Create an assistance plan

Shay Lambert, LCSW, BCaBA, is also a regional manager for Utah Behavior Services, and she encourages workers to focus on the positive every day. Sometimes a bad thing happens and that’s all you think about for the rest of the day. But how many other good things also happened throughout the day?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, Lambert said. Be honest with your supervisor if you are overworked or having difficulty with a particular aspect of your job. With everyone wearing multiple hats, your boss may not know exactly how much you owe. If you are a manager, be prepared to provide employees with additional resources to manage their workload. Even a day off can be the difference between balanced and exhausted.

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Be proactive in identifying what you are having difficulty with and the types of additional support you might benefit from. Then, make a plan to overcome the obstacles. And when it’s time to point, put your brain where your feet are. Take the time to be present with your family rather than thinking about the stress of the job, Lambert said. Whatever you do to relax and be mindful, like yoga or exercising, take the time to enjoy at least 15 minutes a day.

If you’re having trouble and aren’t sure where to turn, contact a mental health professional.

Utah Behavior Services is dedicated to nurturing successful children and building strong families by providing high quality, evidence-based behavioral health services. They specialize in the treatment of children with autism, medication management, and mental health therapy for individuals and families.

“We are an integrated treatment center offering both mental health services and applied behavior analysis under one roof,” Lambert said. “We offer you the expertise and compassion that can help you find positive changes not only in your life, but in the lives of your family as well. ”

Utah Behavior Services operates treatment centers statewide, including in St. George and Cedar City, and also offers home and telehealth options to meet the needs of all clients. For more information or to request services, visit their website.

Written by ALEXA MORGAN for St. George News.



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