Office politics. Every workplace has them to some degree, but that doesn’t make it right. I found myself in a situation where I was experiencing office politics, game playing, and even bullying. My self-worth was at rock bottom.
It was starting to affect me physically, and it was definitely affecting me mentally. I called it the "Sunday dreads". It'd get to about 6pm on a Sunday (if I was lucky; sometimes it would start long before then!) and "the dreads" would start to kick in.
I would start to worry about what the new working week would hold, what problems would be thrown my way, and how I would handle those difficult personalities. I knew deep down that I was good at my job, but "the dreads" were too always much to handle.
I turned to Kerry to see if she had any magic solutions for me. Together we assessed the situation I was in and talked through solutions to some of the challenges. The key was to repair my self-worth; to make sure I had a solid foundation to manage the challenges as they appeared.
In the end, I decided to leave the company. I realised my values weren't aligned to theirs, and I realised I could thrive in a better environment. And thrive I am! I have a whole new life, which I love, and I put that down to Kerry and her ability to help me cement my self-worth.
There are no "magic solutions"; it's about developing new skills and techniques, and importantly, practising them. It takes time though, which is why I liked Kerry's approach of a longer-term engagement, rather than a short burst of sessions. It meant I could move at a pace I was comfortable with, and a pace that worked with my lifestyle.
Kerry was always there to guide me - whether on our pre-planned Zoom session, on the phone or via a WhatsApp message. Friends and family are great but they can be too emotional when it comes to career challenges, which is why I turned to Kerry.
Kerry is friendly, positive and very easy to talk to. But equally, she's offering impartial and professional guidance, which is exactly what I needed.
(Name changed for privacy.)