Q: Dear doctor. I am a veteran in emergency services and I need some advice for my personal battle with P.T.S.D. Thank you and God bless.
A: Dear Taking, Thank you for emailing.
Fortunately, PTSD has truly come out in the open, which means you have a lot of resources at your fingertips. You might start with ideas in a column I wrote: http://www.modbee.com/2012/11/10/2450578/workwise-veterans-employers-can.html.
Youll see that your occupation puts you in an extremely vulnerable spot, that while youre likely good at it, it might well set off triggers. Some of the veterans discussed in the column developed tactics to cope with PTSD on the job, including speaking with bosses and co-workers. The nation is so proud of servicepeople now that its much easier to find sympathetic ears than in the past.
Is there a Veterans Administration near you with a program for people with PTSD? If not, find a psychiatrist whos skilled at helping patients become aware of the triggers.
Although another work environment might seem dull, you might consider a career-change. The ADA provides for an accommodation for PTSD. Keep mum until you have an offer.
Q: Dear Dr. Culp, Im very discouraged. Ive been with this company since 1998, but I havent been able to get into senior management. My performance reviews are good. I get along with my boss and his boss. I put in long hours and never turn down a request. Something isnt right. Either Im being discriminated against or Im not doing something I should be doing. Can you help?
A: Dear Immobile, You wont be if you make some changes.
You sound as if, buried yourself in your work, you never lift your head, except to take on the next assignment. Getting promoted isnt just about being hard-working and excellent at your job. It has much more to do with building liaisons.
Think about a person who might have given you a plum assignment. How did you develop the relationship that led to it?
Find excuses to get up from your desk and speak with other people at least a level above you. Ask them about their work and whether they have projects that need to be done that will involve your working with other people. Listen for opportunities with high visibility, including meetings, training or presenting, and serving as a company expert on a topic.