Dr. Orma was recently interviewed by Refinery29 for tips on How To Deal With The Stress Of Returning To Work.
First, know that simply upping the amount of interaction with your boss doesn’t automatically enhance your career, says Steve Orma, a clinical psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area who specializes in stress and anxiety.
“Don’t just make a lot of noise to get your boss’s attention. Make sure when you speak that it’s meaningful, thoughtful, and helps her and the company,” says Orma. Instead of automatically volunteering for a project, take a night, write up a quick memo or notes to yourself, and explain why you want to be on it and what you’d bring to the table. “Showing that you want to do the work and how you’re valuable to the company is key and puts you ahead of the competition,” says Orma.
“A six-month timeline is a short enough amount of time to allow you to break your goal into specific steps,” says Orma. Then, think about the measures you need to take to get there. Do they include confabbing with your supervisor to take on new projects? Or setting up networking meetings with people in different industries? Make a list of all potential actions that will help get you closer to that goal, and resolve to conquer one every week.
Don’t get discouraged if things don’t seem to be working at first — just revise your action plan. “You’ll make some false steps or find dead ends, but that’s all part of the process. If a tactic doesn’t work, try something else, keeping your eye on the goal,” says Orma.
(by Anna Davies)