Hi, Managers and Supervisors. How’s it going?
In this podcast episode, we will explore the feeling of aloneness as a Manager and Supervisor.
Have you ever felt that as a leader, you are isolated and not having anyone to talk to about work situations?
I know I have. I think we have all been there. Our decisions are sometimes tough and tax our minds, body, and soul. The relationships within the workplace, at times, are brutal.
It reminds me of the TV Show Alone. This show is about ten survival experts put in a remote area at least 10 miles away from each other to fend for themselves with ten survival items, some clothes, and live off the land.
It is interesting to follow each participant on their journey of living alone and how they cope with surviving from dealing with emotional, physical, and mental challenges with a lack of food and harsh elements.
What is their breaking point?
What keeps them going out there when they could easily hit a button and go home?
The reasons they are there in the first place, how that goal changes once they experience their time alone, and the hardship they endure.
How does this compare to your work life?
Are there days when you want to hit a button and go home and never go back?
Days of being a manager and supervisor can be overwhelming, especially when you have no support or lack of trust in others in the workplace due to betrayal, unrealistic expectations, or harsh criticism.
This life lesson changed their lives in ways they never thought it would. The time they spent in self-reflection about what matters.
To see their struggles, whether physical, mental, or emotional, can bring you to tears. How excited and thankful they get for catching a fish or trapping an animal in a snare. Each day is about trying to hold on and not give up.
Sometimes, this is how it feels for managers and supervisors dealing with the daily grind “ALONE.” Trying to hold it together each day—the pressure of being squeezed from top to bottom, trying to survive the criticism and actions of yourself and others, and being judged for every decision made or not made. The fear of what will happen when you walk into the office can be the breaking point of success or ruin.
Worrying about layoffs, unreasonable workload demands, meetings that don’t amount to anything, expectations of successfully managing the chaos each day, and ridiculous emails to answer—trying to work or lead your team without showing emotions.
Feeling emotions is natural, and what happens if you don’t have anymore?
When did the career strip you of all humanity?
The Alone series teaches us there is so much more to life than boatloads of money, fame, and a demanding career that requires attention 24/7 and eventually leads to burnout, overwhelm, health problems, and anxiety.
The lessons learned from the show are to be grateful, love deeply, cherish the peacefulness, enjoy life to the fullest, and go home and spend time with your family and friends.
What actions have you implemented to combat the feeling of aloneness in the workplace?
I would love to hear your thoughts as a manager or supervisor while surviving the daily grind of feeling alone.
If you are struggling with the daily grind and feel alone, a leadership coach like me will help you work through those everyday challenges to continue moving forward to where you want to be.
Today’s podcast Affirmation
I am supported in my work and a good leader!
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