SOME NOTABLE CASE STUDIES
SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANY THAT HAD NEEDED SUPPORT AROUND A RECENT AND UNEXPECTED BEREAVEMENT.
A Dublin based social media company contacted me following a serious and tragic incident involving one of their employees. Managers wanted to support their team whilst juggling with the continual demands of ongoing, high-pressured work that needed addressing.
On meeting the Managers it became apparent that not only were the Managers still in grief themselves and at different stages but that their employees were also coping in different ways and had different responses to the incident.
With the Managers, I firstly did some educative input around grief and normal responses, the stages and likely feelings and response that may be evoked. It was also important to keep in mind that each team member would still have their own unique response but the educational aspect helped them identify what to look out for and how to respond. They found this very helpful.
We then discussed the issues around demonstrating support whilst also attending to the demands of the work. Through the workshop, they became more confident in recognising and understanding the grief and were able to identify ways that they could provide support whilst also helping the team attending to some of the work.
ORGANIC FOOD BUSINESS IN CO KILDARE
This organization had issues with staff turnover, they were recruiting new people, but they were finding to difficult to retain them. The owners approached me and explained how they were at a complete loss on how to fix things and that the problem was costing them in terms of low morale and loss of work output.
I met the Directors and listened to their concerns and then met with current and past employees. She was able to gain their trust and they confided in her around the issues they were experiencing. These issues were presented to us by Monica in a way that helped us understand the issues and come to a resolution. Whilst some of her feedback was challenging, it was very informative and non –personal and assisted us in identifying ways to move forward. The existing staff were also happier after her intervention and they recognised that the issues they had confided to her were conveyed in a way which ensured and maintained relationships on the farm.
We are happy to say that we have now found some great people to join us and as a result of all the changes that we implemented we have a much-improved management/ staff relationships.
We would happily recommend Monica in her ability to gain the support of staff in identifying issues and helping us restore a productive and healthy work
IT DEPARTMENT IN MEDIUM SIZED COMPANY
The HR manager in a busy organization explained that the IT staff had been inundated with work from various sources within the organisation and they needed help in managing conflict.
When I met with the staff group, I gained a fuller understanding of their difficulties and it became apparent that they were finding it very difficult to prioritise work and that they tended to be “Firefighting” rather than approaching their workload in an organized and methodical manner. Many were experiencing high levels of stress as they were, in fact, unable to meet the demands of the organisation as they were unable to manage their heavy and unpredictable workloads. They had very little job satisfaction and finding their job very difficult and they weren’t satisfying their customers either.
By giving them the opportunity to really clarify as a team what precisely the issues were they could then begin to identify how the issues might be addressed. They recognized that in fact they were not prioritizing or telling their colleagues that they were unable to meet their demands immediately and managing expectations. I was also able to help them develop skills around prioritizing and managing relationships whilst developing systems to organize the work needing done and making decisions about how to deliver on the demands being made. They also looked at the need to be assertive and manage expectations so that they could do their jobs in a more efficient and satisfactory manner for themselves and their clients.