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Leveraging Post-Trauma Growth for a Supportive Workplace

Marie O'Halloran talks with Leo
Marie O'Halloran talks with Leo

In an amazing episode about recovering from trauma in the workplace, we had the pleasure of

hosting an accomplished Irish Crime Novelist Marie O'Halloran (Casey King), from Dublin. You can find her latest novel, Deceit on Amazon.

Post-trauma growth is a profound psychological change experienced as a result of adversity and other challenges in order to rise to a higher level of functioning. These life-altering situations can turn into sources of strength, leading to emotional growth and resilience. In the recent podcast episode "Post-Trauma Growth, Emotional Intelligence, and Trust: Essentials for Creating a Supportive Workplace", we explore this concept and its impact on the workplace.

Guest speaker Marie, an Irish crime novelist and transitioning police officer, delves into her personal journey of post-trauma growth, resilience, and how it led her to write a novel. As someone who has experienced trauma, Marie shares that everyone is going through something, emphasizing the importance of being patient and empathetic with each other.

In the workplace, emotional intelligence plays a significant role, especially for managers supporting their team members during difficult times. Emotional intelligence allows us to understand when someone needs space or a listening ear, rather than a solution. The episode explores how managers can foster a supportive environment and use their emotional intelligence to assist their team members.

An important part of the conversation revolves around the power of 'flow', a state of mind that can significantly increase productivity. 'Flow' is a state where people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so enjoyable that people will do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it.

Furthermore, the episode also examines the weighted question of "How are you?" and how managers can use alternative language and actions to show their support. Often, these simple gestures of acknowledgment and empathy can make a world of difference in creating a supportive work environment.

Finally, the episode delves into the power of trust in the workplace, especially for those dealing with trauma. A safe space for team members to express their feelings fosters understanding and trust. Moreover, communication plays a crucial role in creating a supportive work environment.

Whether you're dealing with personal trauma, supporting someone who is, or simply striving for a healthier work environment, this episode offers invaluable insights. So, tune in, learn, and let's embark on this enlightening journey together.

Remember, post-trauma growth is not just about bouncing back to the same life. It's about moving forward to a new life enriched by the experience. In the face of adversity, we have the choice to grow stronger, more compassionate, and more emotionally intelligent. Let's seize that choice and create a more supportive, empathetic, and understanding workplace for all.

You can download this past chat on Spotify, Apple Podcast, or Amazon Music. Alternatively, you can watch the recorded chat on YouTube.

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