Surviving the new normal with Struggle Care

The information during this session was really valuable so we recorded this event! See below for the recording, and a link to our presentation slides that also include resources!

As we all know, the pandemic has caused some monumental shifts in the American workplace. One of the biggest, The Great Resignation, has been felt across all industries and is causing incredible stress and increased workload for those left behind. On Thursday, April 14th, UCW members gathered together to learn and discuss this shared experience we’re having, what exactly it’s doing to our mental health, and how therapist KC Davis’s revolutionary new method for meeting our needs and daily care tasks with compassion can help us survive this time in our lives.

Struggle CareTM is the mental health platform created by licensed professional therapist, author, and speaker, KC Davis. KC’s compassionate and practical approach to self and home care for those dealing with mental health, physical illness, and hard seasons of life has drawn over a million followers on social media in less than a year. Her book, “How to Keep House While Drowning” has sold over 27,000 copies and is currently an Amazon bestseller.

Not only was this event really helpful in giving us a new way to think about how we approach daily tasks, it also created a space for attendees to be vulnerable with each other about struggles, and share ideas and tricks. We also ended up having excellent discussion about what we were experiencing in the workplace itself! See below for the ideas and advice that came out of that too!

Watch What you’re doing is Amazing! Surviving with Struggle Care

Surviving with Struggle Care presentation slides

IMPORTANT/INTERESTING/HELPFUL POINTS FROM DISCUSSION AT THIS EVENT

  • Remember to ask for help! Ex. At home ask partners & spouses to help with tasks, come up with agreements on division of labor with others in the home, etc.
  • Answers to the query: Has anyone heard from a university stance or departments on how they will or are handling the employee shortage to help existing/remaining employees stay mentally fit?
    • Events Chair and a member who work closely with the ASU benefits team looking into contacting ASU benefits to see if an idea or program to address this could be worked on by their office.
    • Suggestion that members/ASU employees use the ASU Staff Council Speak Up & Be Heard tool. It’s a tool to send ideas, concerns, and complaints anonymously to staff council. Any requests received via the tool has to be replied too by the department or unit managing the area or services the request is talking about. And staff council will follow up to ensure progress
    • There were also suggestions made on how to try to improve recruiting for open positions, and what other departments were doing. These included:
      • Actually posting the salary with job postings
      • When posting & creating a job, being thoughtful about what is actually needed, & making sure there is a plan to provide the tools, resources, and benefits that the new employee will need to feel supported
      • Posting more entry level jobs & titles to widen the applicant pool, & taking university specific lingo out of job postings
      • Speaking up to supervisors and leadership, and letting them know you’re overwhelmed and need assistance. And trying to remind them of this periodically until things are resolved, so that the issue stays front of mind
      • If there are tasks that need to be completed, see if there is another person in a different department or unit who would be willing to help or take on that specific task. Or if a position can be shared between 2 units
      • Having a 2nd interview or conversation to lay out the challenges and needs of a job & unit with a potential hire, so that this can be talked through. That way it’s not a surprise and they know what they’re getting into, and will be more likely to stay.
      • If you’re being asked to take on more work outside of your job duties, asking for a raise or supplemental pay stipend.
      • Remembering that work needs to end at the end of your shift/work day. Constantly working only leads to more burn out and less productivity!

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