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Professional intervention of a personal or workplace crisis

Senior executives and other key personnel may encounter personal crises of one sort or another just like everyone else. Failing to support your key employees at times of personal crisis can have a negative impact on their colleagues and on your business. Employees inevitably don't perform to their potential and may be off sick for long periods. Their colleagues and the teams they work with are often adversely affected by the loss of leadership or negative energy of the individual.

You may end up losing the employee or facing a legal action for 'non duty of care' if you do not take appropriate action to address a crisis situation and support the employee. Inevitably, not taking action will cost you more than investing in a carefully structured, outcome focused solution.

Common examples of personal crises that can impact on performance at work include:

  • Loss of job, partner or relationship.
  • Depression, frustration, feelings of boredom or inertia in life.
  • Past or present trauma (e.g. accident, assault, medical condition).
  • Past physical, emotional or sexual abuse.
  • Abuse of alcohol or drugs.
  • Obsessive behaviour patterns (e.g. gambling, over-spending).
  • Eating disorders.
  • Low self esteem, lack of confidence or assertiveness.
  • Panic attacks or phobias.
  • Stress and thoughts of being overwhelmed.
  • Limiting self beliefs undermining performance.
  • Common examples of workplace crises that can impact on performance include:
  • Stress though under-performance that may be due to poor direction or a lack of training.
  • Stress though over-work that may be due to poor direction, poor prioritisation, poor delegation skills or poor time management.
  • Stress due to a perception by the individual that they are being bullied which may or may not be true through needs to be tackled.
  • Poor communications skills.

Overly passive or overly assertive personality that calls for greater self awareness and some new approaches that can be successfully embraced by the candidate.

Your new strengths and abilities

  • Self-control
  • Self confidence
  • A broader more positive perspective

Did you know?

Early intervention to support your key personnel at times of professional or personal crisis will help reduce the time they are off sick or not performing to their potential. It will minimise disruption in the workplace and the potential 'knock-on' effect of underperformance. It will also meet your legal obligation to provide a duty of care and demonstrate how much you value your workforce.

Who would benefit?

Those affected by a personal or workplace crisis plus their line managers.

To discuss a current or potential need, contact Robin Johnson at OvationXL on 07774 415 561 or


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